The LA Times looked hither and yon to find someone, anyone who could write a strong op-ed letter to Lindsay Lohan about the hardships and joys of getting clean and sober. Someone who could relate to the pressures of fame. Someone who understand being 20, rich, sought-after, and minutely scrutinized.
Who’d they turn to?
Eric Lucas, garlic farmer. But not just any garlic farmer–one who woke up naked on his front lawn and scared the milkman. A middle-aged garlic farmer who’s been in recovery for 23 years and lives in Seattle and writes guidebooks. To be fair, his work has turned up in the paper before–in the travel section.
Anna David would have been a much, much better choice. She wrote her novel, Party Girl, after 5 years in recovery and has the consummate insider’s view of the pressures of constant media attention–she’s written for People, Premiere, Playboy—all the P magazines.
Of course, a young, hot female journalist who covers the red carpet world while being in recovery herself doesn’t have the same mass appeal that a Washington State garlic farmer can command.
But FBLA bets that Miss Lohan is not going to get his message.