Thursday, January 26, 2006

An Ocean State tragedy

This man was found guilty of tax evasion, and faces 13 years in jail after being convicted in Providence. This is not a tragedy, but what is a tragedy is that Richard Hatch is, as of 2006, quite possibly the only man from Rhode Island that the rest of America can identify as being from Rhode Island.

There are other celebrities from Rhode Island, of course. James Woods comes to mind as the most genuinely famous, but who, outside Rhode Island, could discern his Ocean State roots? Perhaps Peter and Bobby Farrelly? Most of the rest of the list consists of has beens (Ruth Buzzi, Debra Messing, Jeffrey Osborne, Blu Cantrell), non-entities (Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Meredith Vieira) or beneath even my generous standard of contempt (does Seth MacFarlane really count?).

Won't someone, for the love of god!, from Rhode Island make it big and represent the state with some dignity?

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