Worth Repeating . . .

Posted: June 16, 1989

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

What novelist would dare dream up a plot in which a Southern television evangelist is caught up in a tryst in a motel with a church secretary - from Babylon, N.Y.? And is so ruined that he now has to sell all of his worldly possessions at auction, including his air-conditioned doghouse! Isn't that kind of pushing things a little bit too far?

Whereupon he is now termed - and this is the actual phrase - "a decadent pompadour boy" by a second television evangelist, who we soon learn has been combing his own rather well-teased blond hair forward and wearing headbands to disguise himself when he goes into Florida waterbed motels with combat-zone prostitutes - I mean, really!

Prompting a third television evangelist, who merely happens to be running for president on the Republican ticket, to charge that the damning evidence has been leaked to the press by the vice president of the United States! Who now happens to be President!

Meanwhile the aforementioned church secretary has now bared her chest to the photographers and has become an international celebrity and has gone to live happily ever after at a castle known as the Playboy Mansion? I mean, really, this is what is known as real life!

- Tom Wolfe, author of "The Bonfire of the Vanities," addressing a recent meeting ot the American Association of Advertising Agencies

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