GLOMMING ON TO A HERO

SCOTT O'GRADY'S SIX DAYS IN BOSNIA MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AS TOUGH AS HIS WEEK OF HYPERCELEBRITY

Having so dramatically fallen to earth, Scott O'Grady last week was thrown into the sun. The bright, hot rays of instant fame enveloped him: newspapers put him on their front pages and magazines on their covers; he appeared on all three network morning shows the very same day; and the Clinton Administration and the Air Force exploited his pluck and Gary Cooperish innocence, determined that he be asked no questions about the confused policy that had him flying over Bosnia in the first place. When properly combined, three volatile elements generate American celebrity: the media, the public and the spinmeisters who...

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