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October 17, 2008

the stages of fame

According to the Washington Post' obituary of John R. Reilly, he was a classic Washington player who--among many other roles--held the switch to turn off the microphones at the great 1963 March on Washington if he decided that things had gotten too incendiary. He was ready to drown out Martin Luther King or A. Phillip Randolph with Mahalia Jackson's version of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Mr. Reilly also lobbied and advised national Democratic leaders from 1968 through 1992. Patricia Sullivan writes:

I had heard this story second-hand and retold it on my blog in 2004. The irony is, I didn't know who Mr. Reilly was when I wrote that post. I only learned his full name and biography when he died. I guess that proves that he had reached the fourth stage of notoriety--or (more accurately) of fame and respect.

October 17, 2008 9:04 AM | category: none


From Doyle Stevick, via email:

"The timing of this passage is extraordinary, given the internet video that is tearing up the internet. The video, which could well be a satire of the McCain/Obama debate of two days ago, was filmed about forty years ago. And it just happens to feature a clip straight out of Reilly's obituary."

October 18, 2008 8:16 PM | Comments (1) | posted by Peter Levine

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