Chuck Barris was well ahead of his time in recognizing how many Americans are willing to make an ass of themselves on television.
The quote below is from the movie based on his book Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. I don’t know if the quote is actually in the book but I include it here nonetheless . . .
When you are young, your potential is infinite. You might do anything, really. You might be Einstein. You might be DiMaggio. Then you get to an age where what you might be gives way to what you have been. You weren’t Einstein. You weren’t anything.
That’s a bad moment.
RIP Chuck Barris