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Old 08-10-2014, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I thought of this as I was reading a thread in another forum. Someone posted an article about an incident I was very familiar with, one of the key players is an acquaintance of mine. So I heard the story from a much more personal angle as we have a lot of mutual acquaintances.

And then it got me thinking about some other incidents. One time I saw a picture of a high school classmate in a magazine, and he was involved in a high profile incident. A couple years later and another classmate had another news making incident.

There are a few more people I can think of involved in positive and negative incidents. But nonetheless I am weirded out when people I know or have interacted with are in the news. It is like "holy crap, I know that person!" And I am more compelled to share the story.

How do you react when it happens to you?
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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My high school made the news because they wouldnt let a gay couple go to prom. The story even made it to buzzfeed
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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It's always a shock to read about an acquaintance who is involved in a high profile incident---especially if it is a negative one. After I graduated college, I got the local newspaper and read how the woman who lived in the dorm room next door to me one year got herself in trouble with the law. It was a shock to see it. I sent newspaper clippings to friends who knew her too because it was the type of story that wouldn't have gone national. We were all shocked. Even though her behavior was bizarre back then we never figured that she would do something so bad that it would make the news.
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Old 08-10-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I know some local politicians from my involvement in the Republican Party who have made it as far as lieutenant governor, and many local politicians, but I don't know anyone personally who has made the national news or a celebrity.
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Old 08-10-2014, 02:47 PM
 
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Late August 2001 (just 12 days before the 9/11 attacks) I went to a small rally in NYC to protest ESPN's taking over a local radio station. There were maybe 40 - 50 of us protesting just outside of the building that housed the radio station. I look over my left shoulder at one point, and standing not ten yards from me was Bernhard Goetz. For those too young to remember, Google him.
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Old 08-10-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Bernhard Goetz. For those too young to remember, Google him.
Bernhard Goetz sill gets a mention these days.


I did go to high school with Woody Harrelson, would have never believed he would ever be famous, I knew Neil Armstrong, went to school and was in scouts with his youngest son. I ran rides at an amusement park and went to the University of Cincinnati with sportscaster Lewis Johnson.
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:02 PM
 
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I advised a couple of political campaigns until I realized what a soul-sucking end of the biz it was. Do that a couple of times and you're convinced the republic is doomed.
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Old 08-10-2014, 04:58 PM
 
Location: SC
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I attended a private school with a lot of wealthy families. Every few years I see someone I went to school with on TV or in the news. It is always someone doing something positive for the community or mankind. The last one that comes to mind was a guy who was a guest Dr. on the Dr Oz show a couple years ago.
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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During my senior year in HS I had a girl in my class who ended up getting killed in a high profile car crash stemming from a bad drug deal in DC. She went to our HS for like two weeks and everyone knew she was trouble.
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:23 PM
 
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Yes, someone who was at the party preceding the Chapequiddick incident.
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