In a strange 'six degrees' twist of fate, these two men; both belonging to the crazy money club, from the same generation, traveling paths that may never have crossed, but certainly ran parallel on many levels, have been brought together. The irony is not lost on me. I found myself thinking of the completely different ways they chose to amass similar size fortunes....... both having great success in their 'fields', each raking in 100 million (or more?). George being the first major importer of Colombian cocaine, and JM being the first major anti-virus programmer. Totally opposite ends of the spectrum with regards to earning styles, side by side with the distorted life that money created. Living large....... excessive houses, cars, boats, parties, drugs and women. Rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. Daughters who remain dear in their hearts, although we have no idea of their actual relationships (but do hope they are close). Lives that have ended up much differently than they expected. And the blow......did anyone else consider that JM's (admitted) cocaine habit was likely supplied indirectly by George? I did, and I got quite a chuckle too.
I know there are people who aren't happy about this decision, with comments like " why would they pick an ex cocaine dealer to write JM's biography?", or "isn't he in jail?" and some going on to question George's overall integrity. If you're someone who lost a loved one to cocaine, nothing will change your view, and it's understandable. If you haven't, your opinion might be more like mine.... great expectations for a sweet collaboration between two like minds. My opinion of George Jung may surprise some, but anyone who knows me understands completely. First of all, if it hadn't been him, it would have been someone else, so I don't see him as the evil inventor of the cocaine boom of the late 70's......it was going to happen anyway. Then if you factor in his loyalty and character traits, and take the cocaine out of the equation, you are left with a good man, who wanted to love and care for his family. I've actually read the same words used to describe both George and John........'likable guy, very charismatic, charming, and kind'.
This is from Johnny Depp's Introduction for Ted Demme's book, Blow by Blow , found on the World of Johnny Depp blog: "For the next several hours we talked intensely.....him doing most of it. I listened and watched him like a hawk spewing tale after tale, esoteric analogies, fact after fact, each one topping the previous. He was generous, he was gentle, he was hilarious, he was heartbreaking, he was all too human - a kind of outcast Zen Master who'd grabbed hold of life by the short and curlies and swung it around for all it was worth. Life, then, snuck up on him, and bit him hard on the ass." (be sure to read it all). Johnny Depp's portrayal of George Jung in Blow was amazing, showing him as a man.... a human being.......a heart. But not just a smuggler. Bravo Mr. Depp.
So yes, I'm really looking forward to the book....my expectation of an exciting, twist-filled read created by these two men is huge. I imagine they will start talking and countless hours later will realize they haven't stopped once......I would love to be a fly on the wall for that meeting. Trading stories, some horrifying, some side-splitting, some tragic and heartbreaking..... each one bringing them closer, and forming the bond that will bring about the story of John McAfee that we WIM fans have all been waiting for. So Welcome George, we're glad you've hopped on board the JM (crazy) train with us. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This quote comes from George......Blow fans will recognize the last line as one from his father. You can find the whole article here.
"I've lived the life of the biggest rock stars or film stars. There was nothing I couldn't do. But I didn't have many friends," George said. "Life was my gamble, luck was my art form. I've lived ten lives in one and now I'm the rend where illusion meets reality. All that I know finally comes to meaning, all the deserted lands, sandy beaches I ever walked in ribbons of desperado moonlight, all the secret cargoes carried on pirate winds, all the curtained faces that watched me pass through, like a great hunter who now sees a light of his campfire realizing at long last after having come so far, exactly why I'm here on this planet at this time. May the wind always be at your back and the sun on your face and the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars."