By R. Scott Williams
As the highest-paid and most-read columnist of his period, strange McIntyre completed nice reputation and fortune. In his day-by-day column approximately ny, he recorded what was once taking place behind the scenes and behind the curtain with pop culture within the urban and around the globe.
He was once shut associates with some of the prime 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, bizarre triumphed over a debilitating psychological disease and years failure to develop into the nation’s preeminent popular culture author. He was once there because the telegraph replaced the scoop company, after which as radio replaced every little thing. He coated reside leisure because it shifted from vaudeville to anything new and intriguing on Broadway, and had a literal front-row seat as relocating photos advanced from nickelodeons, to silent motion pictures, and eventually to talkies.
Buried below a century of swap, what extraordinary wrote approximately leisure, media, and politics approximately 100 years in the past nonetheless presents a different glimpse into probably the most attention-grabbing sessions in American pop culture.
“His maximum stock-in-trade used to be his incarnate rapture on the glories of a brand new York recognizable to none yet himself. To him the towers of new york have been studded with minarets and the neon lighting of Broadway flickered like jewels.” —The big apple occasions, 1938
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