Best Citizen - 2004
What is a citizen? Merely a resident? No, a citizen has rights, privileges and responsibilities. Isn't the best citizen, then, the person who's most successful at getting others to exercise their rights, privileges and responsibilities? In one sense, strip-joint mogul Micheal Ocello is an everyperson's perverted older brother, unabashedly shilling for his east-side empire of nudie bars. But this past year Ocello, president of the Association of Club Executives trade group, added a twist, launching a nationwide voter-registration drive from his Sauget, Illinois, headquarters. Aiming to correct what Ocello believes has been Dubya's encroachment on his gyrating ladies' First Amendment rights, the drive has registered hundreds of voters so far. His message to Republicans, as Whoopi Goldberg might put it: Don't mess with bush!