10 of History’s Most Famous Black Sheep
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Billy Carter – Jimmy Carter might be a Nobel Piece Prize winner, the 39th president of the United States, and a spokesman for Habitat for Humanity, but some baby boomers remember him best as the brother of Billy Carter, a loudly burping redneck Georgia gas station owner who considered himself a “country philosopher,” Billy was prone to outrageous pronouncements and spectacular alcoholism. He launched his own line of brew, Billy Beer, declaring his intention to become “The Colonel Sanders of Beer,” remembers City Pages. “Other career highlights including drunkenly urinating on an airport tarmac in full view of the press corps.” “All this was innocent,” notes Benjamin at Wierdworm. “Billy didn’t really become a problem until his involvement in shady deals with Libya. When the press inquired why he, a man with no background in foreign trade would be interested in something like that he replied, ‘The only thing I can say is there is a hell of a lot more Arabians than there is Jews.’ The ensuing fallout forced him into rehab and his brother to publicly separate himself.”
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