“In the immediate aftermath of the horrific Charlottesville march and neo-Nazi melee, the mainstream media turned mainly to male historians for comment – just as they always have….
“But then a funny thing happened…. A bevy of women historians submitted op-eds….The [Washington] Post alone featured seven on its new history page, Made by History…. [Another] ran on the opinion page. It was by Karen L. Cox, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, who managed to get another piece published in the [New York] Times – a twofer that’s virtually unheard of….”
— From “Male Historians Have Long Dominated Public Debates. Is Charlottesville a Turning Point?” by Rick Shenkman at History News Network
Eaton Brooks, the UNC sophomore whose drunken chandelier-swinging at a 1964 Hamptons house party earned him a trip to court and attention in the national press, has been a longtime occupant of my “Whatever happened to…” list.
This 1980 profile in Charlottesville’s Albemarle magazine answers that question in rich detail, at least up to his suicide three years later at age 40.
“Meet Eaton Brooks,” writes Mark MacNamara, “master raconteur and self-acclaimed ‘controversial’ criminal attorney, whose ‘flamboyance’ follows him like a caption after a bi-plane. He is a man whose public image arouses unusually visceral extremes of criticism and praise — even among people who hardly know him.”
Footnote: Hamptons house parties that lurch out of control didn’t end in 1964.