Chimes's story illustrates the problems with rock and roll godhood. Once you fully ascend the Mount Olympus of eight balls and strippers and tinnitus, you look down at us mere mortals and miss being boring.
Jason Hervey a.k.a. Wayne from The Wonder Years
No 1980s sitcom portrayed the big brother-little brother dynamic as vividly as The Wonder Years, and Jason Hervey played loser older brother Wayne opposite Fred Savage's plucky Kevin. Although Hervey appeared in Back to the Future and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, he will be remembered until death as the older brother all of America loved to hate.
After the Spotlight:
A corporate PR shill.
Like the other child actors from The Wonder Years, Hervey pursued a different career later in life. But whereas Paul Pfeiffer grew up to be an attorney and Winnie Cooper became the hottest math teacher outside of a shoddily written adult movie script, Wayne Arnold's fictional failures seemingly translated into real life.
Above: Not a failure.
In 2003, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission accused Richard Scrushy, the CEO of healthcare service giant HealthSouth, of falsifying earnings to the tune of $1.4 billion, an accounting error you can't blame on a stray coffee stain. Unfortunately for Scrushy--who had blown company dinero on such insane projects as a HealthSouth-sponsored girl pop trio--he had left his public image in the hands of HealthSouth's head of PR... Wayne Arnold.
With the SEC leveling 86 counts of fraud at Scrushy, it's unsurprising that Hervey sucked at his job. What is very, very surprising is that the CEO apparently hired Hervey just so he could say he hung out with the guy who once played Wayne Arnold from The Wonder Years.
HealthSouth eventually fired Hervey, who in turn sued the company for $400,000. We assume Hervey's case was settled after an intense meeting involving wedgies, charley horses and swirlies.
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