Just imagine what would have happened to this man in the age of YouTube.
Fox, who’d had a large hand in starting Donovan down his doomed path toward notoriety, died in 1922, and is remembered for popularizing boxing and sports journalism. Donovan is mainly remembered as the man who followed Brodie’s famous leap, or by those who stumble upon his well-researched Wiki. More than 100 years on, Donovan’s tale of fleeting, foolish stardom echoes the all-too-common rise and fall of today’s constant stream of viral Internet stars, unprepared for fame. Hopefully it doesn’t kill them too.