Few images remain as clear in the public mind from the O.J.
Simpson trial as that of tanned SoCal surfer-cum-actor and
perennial houseguest Cato Caelin in the witness stand,
testifying in court about his night in Brentwood. A
diligent public citizen, Caelin has found a way to turn his
notoriety to good use: he's founded the Cato Institute, a
conservative Washington-based think tank that deals with
tax issues relevant to beach guys and struggling actors.
The Cato Institute Web site doesn't mention Caelin much by name, but they don't
really have to: an image of a marble bust of Cato Caelin himself appears on the
front page. I think Caelin kind of takes a
hands-off approach to the Institute, you know? But I'm sure he does a lot of
stuff, lending his name and image to the cause.
He's not dumb, either. So he probably also has a lot to
say at those late-night pizza-and-beer brainstorming sessions about welfare
and Social Security and stuff. Everybody probably kicks back on the floor with
their shoes off and stuff and just kinda hashes things out. I'm guessing Cato
must let most of the other
people take the credit because, hey, he's ALREADY famous.
So for all you cynics out ther, you should check out the Cato Institute, and for
a moment in this crazy selfish world remember there ARE some celebrities out
there who are
willing to give back to the community.