O.J. Simpson's Friend Set Up A Hotline Through Which People Paid To Hear Him Tell Stories
Before it inspired an Oscar-winning documentary, a TV miniseries, and the world's least-thought-out hidden camera show, the O.J. Simpson murder case was the trial of the century. So naturally, like all historic judicial proceedings in the U.S., it generated more souvenir doodads than even George Lucas' insatiable greed could muster. From a board game, for when you want to traumatize everyone aged 9 and up ...
SCNA Corp.Finally, a chance to enjoy the wacky, carefree aspects of a double homicide.
... to the most '90s tchotchkes of them all: goddamn Pogs.
Via BuzzfeedWe’re suddenly beginning to side with our teachers for confiscating these things.
One surprising bit of entrepreneurship came from O.J.'s high school and NFL buddy Al Cowlings -- the driver of the white Bronco during the infamous freeway chase. Instead of cashing in on his five minutes of fame like a normal leech (talk show circuit, tell-all book, O.J.-themed sex tape, etc.), Cowlings went the way of the psychics, sexy singles, and Freddy Krueger by launching a 900 number.
After the trial, people could call the number 1-900-CALL-4AC to listen to "various recorded messages from Cowlings" with stories about both O.J. and Nicole Simpson. For $2.99 a minute (which could buy you quite a few Pogs), Cowling would regale callers in his best movie trailer announcer voice:
Imagine your best friend in jail. Accused of brutally murdering two people. You're about to hear how that ordeal has affected A.C.'s life and his relationship to O.J. Simpson.
Imagine the confusing boner you'd get from hearing that when you thought you were dialing a sex line. But this wasn't the lowest Cowlings could sink. To advertise his "phone a hostage" scheme, he slapped ads on, you guessed it, a white Bronco.