PITTSBURGH - Post-Gazette Editor David Shribman will interview O.J. Simpson this morning for the position of head writing coach at the paper. The position opened up nearly two weeks ago when longtime coach Peter Leo resigned in order to spend more time with his family.
In 1977, Mr. Simpson wrote a much-loved Hollywood tell-all entitled “Excuse Me, Mr. Allen, My Shorts Are On Fire: Love and Laughs On The Set Of The Towering Inferno.” In 1994, Mr. Simpson wrote a best-selling book entitled “I Want To Tell You” while incarcerated awaiting trial for a double homicide. Recently, Mr. Simpson contributed a lengthy essay to Film Comment on the enduring popularity of “Capricorn One.” The essay will accompany a special director’s cut of the movie when it is released on DVD this Christmas.
Reached on the golf course yesterday, Simpson said he was looking forward to coaching columnist Brian O’Neill. “He really is a five-tool writer. He’s got the arm, which makes typing much easier, and he runs well. Especially when it’s time to pick up the check.”
Simpson said he was confident he would be able to persuade O’Neill to write about something other than the state legislature.
“I plan on being a real hands-on coach, if you know what I mean.”