Former trucker Teri Horton (pictured) bought a $5 “splatter painting” at a California thrift store as a joke but now believes it’s the work of artist Jackson Pollock, an alcoholic genius notorious for throwing his work away. She recently told “60 Minutes” that she turned down a $2 million offer for the painting, believing it’s worth more. A 2006 documentary about Horton is titled “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” – the title being her first words when told she might have a Pollock on her hands.
LOW TIMES IN HIGHSPIRE
In his new memoir, novelist Robert Stone recalls being beaten by “speed-addled” truckers during a cross-country bus trip in 1964, apparently because he was bearded and dressed like a hippie. It happened in Highspire, Pa., “a town whose name I will not forget and a place I think about, though briefly, pretty much every day.”
D’OH! NO-GO FOR CITGO-PETRO RUMOR
Habitual forwarders of bogus e-mails, take note: Yes, Citgo has been owned since 1990 by the Venezuelan government. No, Citgo stations are not changing their name to Petro Express to fool boycotters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Petro Express, an independent chain based in Charlotte, N.C., quit selling Citgo fuel in 2006. Moreover, Petro Express is unrelated to Petro Stopping Centers, based in El Paso, Texas. Next lesson: the “Delete” key.
GO AHEAD, GET IT OFF YOUR CHEST
The GroupHug website (http://GroupHug.us) accepts personal confessions “to offer a little bit of relief from your conscience.” Among the 447,000 anonymous postings are these:
Drunk, but sexy. “I think my boyfriend’s dad is sexy and I don’t know why.