Today Is Famed Trial Lawyer, Jack Ruby’s Pro Bono Attorney, Melvin Mouron Belli’s Birthday. He Would Have Been 107.
by Anura Guruge
I, alas and alack, did NOT know the man. I wish I did. Any man who would publicly accuse his 5th wife of having an affair with Desmond Tutu is my type of guy. I know we would have got on like a house on fire. I hear, from who else other than Paul Monzione, that Belli was BIG into ‘publicity’ and had teams of ‘PR’ folks working for him. I know that Belli would have hired me.
Well, most of what I know about Belli is from Paul. One of these days I might buy one of his many books. I am sure I would enjoy reading about his exploits.
So he died 18 years ago. He was 20 days short of 89. It is always a coincidence but the notion of people dying on the same month as that in which they were born intrigues me. So, I wonder, was his upcoming birthday on his mind? I have a spreadsheet of all the pertinent dates I have been able to find about popes. A number of popes died close to their birthdays. That is how this ‘close to birthday’ thing got in my bonnet.
Well, I can’t wish him a happy birthday. That would be inappropriate. But at least I will mark this date.
Melvin Mouron Belli, THE MAN.
I love that middle name. Wow. ‘Mouron’. So close to ‘moron’ but yet so far. It is French. I am not going to have anymore kids. But there is a chance that I might get another dog — and the next one will be another Golden. I might name him ‘Mouron’, though I can see people thinking that I am calling the dog ‘moron’. Hhhmmm. That alone might be fun.
This is NOT Belli — but he was a Belli client. This pictures also came to me via Darla Monzione.