Monday, April 15, 2024

John Travolta Wedding Crasher Story Full of Holes, Leaves Questions


You may have read this quickly publicized story about John Travolta popping up in photos from a wedding in Georgia. A poster to forum site Reddit put it up, but didn’t identify himself, the wedding couple, the exact location other than Georgia, or anything else. Nevertheless, so called news sites jumped on the story like it was the biggest news they ever heard.

One crazy explanation for Travolta being in Georgia: that he was renewing his pilot’s license.

No one bothered to check this part of the story.

Guess what? Pilot’s licenses are not renewed.

Indeed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, pilots over 40 renew their medical certificates every two or three years. Travolta renewed his in July 2011. He’s also a California licensed pilot who lives in Florida. So why would he be in Georgia? What is going on here?

Nothing about this story makes sense if you take it at face value. If Travolta needed a new medical certification, he could have gotten it easily in nearby Tampa.

And this raises MANY unanswered questions:We still don’t know the name of the couple, or the wedding, or where it was, or where they were? Atlanta? Augusta> Sea Island?

One part of the story was that the couple met Travolta in a bar the night before the wedding. Really? What were they doing in a bar the night before the wedding?Most brides to be are home getting ready for the big day.

And: If Travolta needed a medical cert, what was he doing in a bar?And where where is wife, daughter, and baby son? Who was traveling with the Hollywood star, because you know, these people are never ever alone. And again, why the big state of Georgia? He was not making a film there.

And why hasn’t the bar used to the story to promote itself?

One interesting coincidence: when it comes to Travolta and wedding photographs, there’s past info. The “manny” who was with Travolta when his son Jett died in 2009 in the Bahamas was actually a wedding photographer.

Jeff Kathrein is a wedding photographer in Tampa who himself has been photographed, notoriously, with Travolta in the past. Kathrein was for some reason responsible for Jett, Travolta said, when the 16 year old had his tragic fall. And Kathrein’s name is on a list of Scientologists who went through that cult’s drug program.

Of course, the saddest part of this story is that everyone in the world reprinted the wedding crasher story and the photo, and not one news service questioned any part of it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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