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20 YEARS LATER: St. Paul man marks OJ chase with Twin Cities cruise

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It was 20 years ago today. The nation was glued to television sets as a white Ford Bronco took to the freeways of Los Angeles with O.J. Simpson in the back seat.

That moment, a national obsession with the football legend began. His trial and the not-guilty verdict that followed are still the topic of discussion -- and on Tuesday, that was certainly true on social media.

Over about 3 hours, Fox 9 News tracked a white Ford Bronco after a tipster reported seeing a vehicle with a black glove pinned to a sign on the spare tire traveling around the Twin Cities at 45 mph. A lot of people were following it on social media, but when Fox 9 News caught up to the car, it wasn't Al Cowlings in the driver's seat. It was Wally Peters, of St. Paul.

Peters told Fox 9 News he "just put it all together" and knew the date was coming up ever since he bought the Bronco last fall. It was an iconic event as the football star sat in the back of the Bronco that lead police on a slow speed, 3.5-hour chase that unfolded on live television. It was watched by 95 million people -- more viewers than the Super Bowl earned that year.

In many ways, the chase set the stage for a non-stop social media world. His case set the template of talking heads and speculative analysis. News is now a 24-7 obsession, chasing down the story of the moment -- from Lady Di's death to the missing Malaysian airliner that vanished months ago.

Perhaps it is fitting that Simpson also supplied the first reality television, because the father of the now-famous Kardashians was one of his attorneys. His trial created a cast of characters -- Kato, Mark Fuhrman, Marcia Clark.

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Yet, two people sometimes get lost in the OJ morality play -- the victims. That's why Wally Peters put their names -- Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson -- on his Bronco. After 20 years, those are the people he wants others to remember.

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