33 Years After Infamous Pee, Ozzy Returns to the Alamo

His lifetime ban was lifted more than 20 years ago
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2015 1:58 AM CST
33 Years After Infamous Pee, Ozzy Returns to the Alamo
Jack Osbourne, center, tries to calm the crowd as he and his father, Ozzy Osbourne, right, arrive at the Alamo Thursday in San Antonio.   (Edward A. Ornelas/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Older, more sober, and no longer wearing pink tights, Ozzy Osbourne returned to the Alamo on Thursday, 33 years after he peed on a monument at the site sacred to Texans in what became one of the most infamous moments of his career. The rocker was in San Antonio filming a show for the History Channel, and while there had been rumors that he would issue some kind of formal apology for urinating on the Cenotaph in 1982, he barely spoke during his visit to the site with his son, Jack, an Alamo guide tells the San Antonio Express-News.

The rocker was banned "for life" from San Antonio after the incident, but he returned in 1992 after making a $10,000 donation to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas group that was then in charge of looking after the Alamo, reports Texas Monthly. "We have all done things in our lives that we regret. I am deeply honored that the people of San Antonio have found it in their hearts to have me back," he said at the time. He has returned to the city and apologized several times since, reports USA Today. The memorial where Ozzy peed was across the street from the famous fort. A man who urinated on a wall of the Alamo itself was sentenced to 18 months in prison last year—and was ordered to pay $4,000 in cleaning costs. (More The Alamo stories.)

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