The ballooning legend of George Christie continues to fly with the wind while the truth can only limp after him.
Christie, an unprepossessing and aging man who seems about to be credited with the invention of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club – and then all motorcycle clubs and then motorcycles and then, who knows, maybe photography or the alphabet – is hitting the lecture circuit. He has a book coming out in a very big way in September and he has joined the team of “tastemakers” and “influencers” at some kind of agency with offices in Los Angeles and New York called Flutie Entertainment.
“Hello. We’re Flutie Entertainment,” the company announces on its website. “We’re storytellers at heart, and have a passion for helping creators find their voice. In fact, that’s what get’s us up in the morning. That and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.” The statement is obtuse but at least it seems to have been written with a smile.
The breezy story of George, as told by George or Flutie Entertainment, or George and Flutie maneuvering together like a pair of synchronized swimmers goes:
Who Is George
“As an ex-Hells Angel president – the longest serving president in club history – and one-time international spokesperson for the club, George Christie was also the rare peacemaker in a brutally violent culture. Having fought first in the early wars between motorcycle clubs on the streets of Southern California, he came to believe that guns and knives weren’t an answer. George eventually brokered peace not only among a variety of American clubs, but also helped negotiate a truce to the infamously violent Nordic Biker Wars fought between the Scandinavian chapters of the Hells Angels and the Bandidos.
“After four decades of riding with the Hells Angels, George walked away, quitting in 2011. He paid dearly for that decision. Club informants seeking to save themselves provided the basis for trumped-up federal charges that sent George to La Tuna federal prison for a year. He’s been a target of his former club brothers ever since.”
What He Is Selling
“Since his release, George has starred in the History Channel TV show, Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels, started Felony Prison Consulting, a company that helps defendants navigate the justice system, and written his memoirs, Exile on Front Street. He regularly lectures to groups ranging from civic organizations and criminal justice classes, to trial lawyer conferences. After the Waco, Twin Peaks shootout, George was asked to speak to law enforcement audiences and agreed to speak on his terms to audiences of police officers, with the goal of preventing any further outlaw biker deaths.
“An Evening With George will feature a lecture in George’s riveting plainspoken style, revealing the gritty, incredible-yet-true stories from his years as a Hells Angel. From the funny to the profound, these anecdotes weave a tale of the outlaw life—and how it changed over decades from an all-for-one brotherhood, to the current me-first scramble for power and riches. He’ll also narrate a history-rich slide show of fascinating personal photos from his own (and the Hells Angels) history, and answer questions in a no-holds-barred question-and-answer session. Each attendee will receive a copy of Exile on Front Street, which George will personally sign at the end of the evening.”
It is a story that flies like the wind and from the vantage of the ground it is a glory to behold. It does not matter that it is a vacuum sealed pack of lies because the repudiation of those lies would necessarily take about four times as many words as the lies themselves and because, as Pontius Pilate the patron saint of public relations famously observed, “What is truth?”
There are, apparently, very many people who are eager to hear this story from Christie’s own lips in his “riveting plainspoken style.” (Or as some people might write it, “riveting, plainspoken style,” with a comma between the two adjectives.) His Facebook page is followed by about 9,000 admirers. Most of them find George to be “an amazing man with a warrior spirit” and wish him “much respect.”
A couple of days ago Christie showed his Facebook followers a photo of himself seated in what appears to be a courtroom next to his youngest son. The father was dressed in a black waistcoat over a black tee shirt and he seemed lost in thought as he scribbled on a hidden pad of paper. His thoughtful countenance was reminiscent of his fellow authors, Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare and Sophocles. And the photo was captioned “Preparing Pepperdine Law School Lecture.”
See You There
An evening with George at a law school seemed like a worthy event to report and cover. Pepperdine is in Malibu, an easy ride from the rest of Los Angeles and from many of Christie’s admirers and detractors. Whatever it cost, the “no-holds-barred question-and-answer session” might be worth the price of admission.
Which led to a half a day of trying to find tickets before Suzanne Inman, the Events Manager for the Pepperdine University School of Law finally replied, “I’m sorry, but at this time I am unaware of any events featuring Mr. Christie.”
But George said. Or Flutie Entertainment said. Or George and Flutie entwined like copulating snakes said. So see you there!