September 29, 1976

On September 29, 1976, on his 41st birthday and during his birthday party, a very drunk Jerry Lee Lewis tried to shoot a soda bottle with his .357 Magnum and missed. Instead, he hit his bass player, Norman “Butch” Owens, twice in the chest. Owens survived and sued Lewis and won $125,000 in damages. What was Lewis thinking? He wasn’t a Vice President and Owens wasn’t a banker. It was 1976, so Jerry Lee Lewis didn’t even get arrested. In fact, it didn’t even interrupt his drinking.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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