OJ who?

In a University of South Florida class on “Race, Gender and Class in the Media,” professor Tony Silvia showed an HBO documentary called, “OJ: A Study in Black and White.” This was quite an eye-opener for members of the generation that knows OJ Simpson as “that guy who killed his ex-wife and got away with it.” There was OJ, running for USC, winning the Heisman trophy, pitching Hertz Rentacars. And it was all news to the students! There were a few older students in the room who remembered the verdict in the first OJ trial, but for the most part it was something their parents talked about when they were in grade school. Seems to me like it was just yesterday that I spent a couple of years of my life talking about this guy on America’s Talking (the network that became MSNBC).