Monday, November 01, 2004

Unforgiveable Social Blunders

Jack Kerouac committed one of the most famous when he appeared drunk on William F. Buckley's TV show. Among other notable ungenteel social disasters:

-F. Scott Fitzgerald drunkenly insulting the English Department faculty while giving a speech to them during Dartmouth's Winter Carnival. (In town to film a movie, Fitzgerald's behavior ended his Hollywood writing career.)

-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev taking off his shoe and pounding the podium with it to make a point while giving a speech at the U.N. (The Cuban Missile Crisis followed soon thereafter.)

-German Ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop giving the Nazi salute when presented to the King of England. (This helped begin World War II.)

-Rock singer Gregg Allman passing out face-first in a plate of spaghetti at the reception to his wedding with Cher. (The marriage ended a few days later.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What is wrong of Khrushchev hitting podium, with shoe? Is good custom, for attention.

When United Nations is run by Clinton, we will see what is banged, on podium. Shoe will look like child's play.

Evil Journalista will dust off fake press credential, and travel to New York City, when Clinton is Secretary-General.