The Ottumwa Courier


February 4, 2013

Oprah’s couch is waiting


OTTUMWA — The list continues from Elvis to O.J. Simpson to Michael Jackson to  Tom Cruise to Bernard Madoff to Gen. Petraeus to Marv Albert ... it’s a long list of stars who have fallen from grace.

Idolization? — Hey, we’re all just human ...

Maybe we idolize these celebrities, these athletes, these movie stars, these politicians too much. Maybe we need to be reminded that they are just human too, who have the same human frailties, vulnerabilities, weaknesses and faults that we all have.

Oprah, you may have your work cut out for you.

In “A fall from grace Part III, I’ll conclude by examining fallen movie stars Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, golfing legend Tiger Woods, the NFL’s Ray Lewis and some others. I’ll look into the curious question of why some images can be rehabilitated and others can’t. Stay tuned.

Matt Brindley, Courier nighttime editor, can be contacted at

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