Instant obscurity: It's the most common side effect of instant
notoriety. The proverbial fifteen minutes of fame people get from
"breaking" news stories can be a harsh or rewarding experience. It can
close doors or open them; it can end careers or launch new ones. But one
thing is certain -- grab it while you can because it won't last long.
That's because soon enough the public tires of your story. After
hearing your name mentioned a thousand times a day for weeks, they begin
to shut you out, turn you away and turn you off. In America, our
attention span is little more than seconds most of the time, and we
expect our news reporters to follow us as we "move on" to the next
bombshell, the next scandal. So they do.
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Every so often, however, "inquiring minds" like to know: Whatever
happened to so-and-so? How did so-and-so's court battle
turn out? What is so-and-so doing these days?
WorldNetDaily has tracked down some of the "most formerly famous"
people of the past few years and researched the events surrounding them
Monica Lewinsky: When the news about her affairs with
President Clinton began to die off, Lewinsky changed directions. After
writing a book, Monica's Story, about her life before -- and experiences with -- Clinton failed to sell,
she decided to open an Internet boutique called The Real Monica,
Inc. There she sells personally designed handbags, purses and other accessories. In the meantime, her
most recent television
appearance was Nov. 30 with Barbara Walters on ABC, where she was asked the vitally
important question: Will she, as a New York resident, vote for Hillary
Clinton if she runs for the senate? According to the Associated Press,
Ms. Lewinsky is dating "but is not in love," and her book garnered the
No. 12 spot on Mad Magazine's Top 20 Dumbest People, Events and
Things of 1999.
Newt Gingrich: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich,
architect of the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, has also been
embroiled in a sex scandal since abandoning his speakership at the close
of the 1998 legislative session. Gingrich, who has reportedly courted
House Agricultural Committee aide Callista Bisek, 33, "for years," also
filed for divorce from his second wife Marianne, whom he married Aug. 8,
1981. Marianne's lawyer, Victoria Toensing of Washington, won the right
to question Bisek during divorce proceedings; in fact, the court has
ordered that Bisek provide Mrs. Gingrich with requested documents that
might "shed some light" on the Newt-Callista relationship. Other than
that, Gingrich has been laying low; he told reporters Nov. 29 that he
believes Texas Gov. George W. Bush will win the GOP presidential
nomination -- as well as the White House -- and that Republicans will
retain control of Congress. Other than that, Gingrich has been hired by
Fox to serve as a political commentator, and sources say you can expect
to see more of him as the 2000 presidential race heats up next year.
JonBenet Ramsey murder: Though no one has been convicted
of killing JonBenet Ramsey, the latest information is that lab work is
continuing on the case. According to news reports, Connecticut scientist
Dr. Henry Lee "spent Thanksgiving looking over physical evidence."
Though Lee won't discuss what he's examining, the Associated Press
reported that "it is from the crime scene." Attorney Craig Silverman
says this fits the Ramsey investigation pattern, and he told AP that
"this analysis should have been done years ago, but officials
investigating the case don't seem to have a sense of urgency."
Dan Rostenkowski: Once the powerful Democratic chairman of
the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, "Rosty" plead guilty in
April 1996 to two counts of mail fraud after being indicted on 17 counts
of embezzling and misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of
government money in the operation of his congressional office. Released
from a Salvation Army halfway house Oct. 13, 1998, after serving 17
months in a minimum-security prison camp in Wisconsin, Rostenkowski
remains under two years probation. Before entering prison and after
leaving Congress -- where the Illinoisan was elected to 18 consecutive
terms -- he had begun a consulting business. Rostenkowski's latest
public appearance was at a
tax seminar for the Congress Project, hosted by the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
- Filegate figure Craig Livingstone: Last seen in the
company of Judicial Watch founder
Larry Klayman, under deposition for his role in the FBI "Filegate"
scandal (Aug. 19, 1999).