20 years ago, Geraldo Rivera hosted a live television special in which a vault once belonging to Al Capone was opened for the first time. Everyone expected to find a stash of money and possibly weapons, like other stashes found previsouly. During the event broadcasted live, the vault was open to reveal barely anything. It was a huge disappointment for tens of millions of viewers, but even moreso for Geraldo. He was unemployed before being asked to host the special. Needless to say, he was unemployed for long after the failure.
Geraldo writes about the event on his own Geraldo at Large blog. It’s interesting to see how he reacted off camera, later that night.
Of course, later some skinheads broke his nose, giving us more Geraldo news to talk about.
Failure can be tought to deal with, but it looks like Geraldo Rivera is back with his new TV show, although I for one can only take so much sensationalist media… but until I get fed up, it’s kind of fun.
Updated July 16, 2010 and originally published April 27, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.