Restaurateur Jeff Ruby is something of a folk hero here in Derby City, ever since he booted O.J. Simpson out of his trendy Louisville restaurant back in 2007 because he objected to all the attention the athlete received after being acquitted of brutally slaying his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.
And on Saturday, Ruby ran a half-page advert in the Orlando Sentinel, linking the “not guilty” verdict in the 1995 O.J. Simpson double murder trial to the same July 5, 2011 verdict in the Casey Anthony trial. It seems to go without saying that Ms. Anthony will not be a welcome guest at his Louisville steak restaurant, either.
Meanwhile, our friends over in the Bluegrass seem to have found a way to capitalize on the (accused but not convicted) child-killer. The Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair organizers put the Casey Anthony Dunking Booth front and center at the opening of their fair Monday evening. The attraction gained a lot of attention, as crowds lined up to snap photographs and take turns tossing baseballs at one of two targets: “Guilty” or “Not Guilty,” for a chance to dunk a Casey Anthony look-alike into a tank of water. (On-the-scene reports indicate that few balls were tossed at the “Not Guilty” target.)
With a certain amount of tongue in cheek, the Bluegrass Fair organizers are claiming Casey Anthony is here in Kentucky. "We're hoping that it's taken in a fun way so that people coming out can release some of their frustrations about what just happened in the last few months and they can show their opinion," fair organizer Michael Kaplan told WKYT in Lexington. The Bluegrass Fair will be running through next Sunday, so folks from Louisville who are Casey Anthony fans (or foes) might want to drive out I-64 for a little fun and fantasy.
Who knows? You might run into Jeff Ruby.
Casey Anthony Dunking Booth arrives at the Bluegrass Fair
This Just In: The Associated Press reported Wednesday afternoon that the Casey Anthony dunk tank at the Bluegrass Fair has been taken down, due to adverse publicity. The dunk tank now features a different clown. (H/T J.D. Sparks)