Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oliver Jay Bright -- None too Bright

The sales manager for 23 years of the Levy-Page Company, a music equipment house in Norfolk, Virginia, Bright abruptly quit just weeks prior to the last day of his life. , June 9, 1936.  At 3:40 P.M. that day, Bright, 55, visited the City Hall Rifle Range in Norfolk, calmly asked for a .22-caliber target pistol, and announced to bystanders, "I want to see if I can shoot a bullseye."  He fired two shots at the target then fired a third into his right temple.  Bright died four hours later at St. Vincent's Hospital.  In a note found afterward, the former sales manager explained that "business worries" had driven him to the act.

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