By R. Scott Williams
As the highest-paid and most-read columnist of his period, bizarre McIntyre completed nice repute and fortune. In his day-by-day column approximately big apple, he recorded what used to be taking place behind the curtain and behind the curtain with pop culture within the urban and around the globe.
He was once shut pals with the various top personalities of the day, together with writers Edna Ferber, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald; entertainers Fred Astaire, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., Billie Burke, and Will Rogers; composers George Gershwin and Meredith Willson; actors Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin and so on.
With assistance from his spouse, Maybelle, unusual triumphed over a debilitating psychological sickness and years failure to turn into the nation’s preeminent popular culture author. He used to be there because the telegraph replaced the scoop company, after which as radio replaced every little thing. He lined reside leisure because it shifted from vaudeville to whatever new and interesting on Broadway, and had a literal front-row seat as relocating images advanced from nickelodeons, to silent movies, and eventually to talkies.
Buried lower than a century of switch, what unusual wrote approximately leisure, media, and politics approximately 100 years in the past nonetheless presents a special glimpse into probably the most interesting sessions in American pop culture.
“His maximum stock-in-trade was once his incarnate rapture on the glories of a brand new York recognizable to none yet himself. To him the towers of ny have been studded with minarets and the neon lighting fixtures of Broadway flickered like jewels.” —The ny occasions, 1938
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