My Two Cents: Celebrities moving in on fourth estate

No sooner had I decided to start writing this column (last week), when I read in the July 1, 2002 edition of U.S. News & World Report that two celebrities will soon be writing columns of their very own.

“Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher, whose journalistic credentials include spending seven years in jail for shooting the wife of Joey “How you doin’” Buttafuoco in the face, will pen a column for the New Island Ear.

The now 28-year-old Fisher, having long since outgrown the attempted murderer phase of her youth, will handle topics from “cyberdating to celebrity interviews.”

Apparently, dating a married man and then trying to off his wife qualifies Fisher to dispense dating advice and talk to famous people. Who knew?

Meanwhile, U.S. News reports – and I am not making this up (see page 10 of the magazine) – “actress Pamela Anderson will keep folks abreast of women’s issues in ‘Pam Honestly,’ a column for Jane magazine starting in September.”

While Pam hasn’t attempted to take the life of another human being (at least as far as I know), her journalistic resume is nonetheless impressive, including:

– Several years running around in slow motion in a bathing suit on a beach as a cast member of the television show “Baywatch,” co-starring that guy who used to be in that show with the talking car.

– Appearing in Playboy not wearing a bathing suit.

– Dating, marrying, having a couple of kids by and divorcing rock and roll bad boy and human ink pad Tommy Lee.

Pam is currently honing her writing skills as a cast member of the syndicated show “VIP,” while dating another musician, Kid Rock.

Celebrities horning in on the news business seems to be a trend these days.

Wasn’t it just a little while ago that Andrea Thompson, best known as a cast member of the police television drama “NYPD Blue,” decided to quit show business in order to get into the news business, and then set a land speed record for getting hired as an on-air news anchor by CNN?

As I recall, she quit to do something else, perhaps write editorials for The New York Times.

Anyway, I hope you found this column at least moderately enjoyable despite the fact I am not a celebrity.

“My Two Cents” is a weekly column where the author – who foolishly earned a journalism degree and has worked for various newspapers – gets in his two cents worth… in spite of the old saying that you only get a penny for your thoughts.