In these troubled economic/political/social times the dominant meme is overcoming adversity. Even if we were the ones who caused it. So, O.J. Simpson, who's been granted parole, has again returned to be a hero. Our hero. Our OJ.
Beginning around October 1st, when he is released from Lovelock Correctional Center, it will be the OJ Show.
That was once what his career had been about. The star in sports became a loved character in commercials. We didn't even mind that we were watching a commercial. All we experienced was the OJ aura.
Then with the allegation of having committed two murders he became an anti-hero. Interest was still there. Big Time. But its roots were embedded in our fascination with outlaws. Here in small town Ohio, the Austintown public library has a special display on books about criminals - international, national and local (Cleveland).
As an anti-hero things were bound to get out of hand for OJ. And they did. There was the robbery. Then there was actually serving prison time.
But that was then.
At age 70, this return hero can be a role model for all of us who are aging. He can show us how we can keep putting together something new. Hopefully it will be lucrative since he still owes on the $33.5 million in the civil lawsuit. And it is bound to be meaningful. Adversity changes us. Often for the better.
We have our OJ. America has its hope back.
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