By R. Scott Williams
As the highest-paid and most-read columnist of his period, strange McIntyre completed nice status and fortune. In his day-by-day column approximately long island, he recorded what used to be occurring behind the curtain and behind the curtain with pop culture within the urban and around the globe.
He was once shut buddies with a few 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 etc.
With assistance from his spouse, Maybelle, extraordinary triumphed over a debilitating psychological affliction and years failure to turn into the nation’s preeminent popular culture author. He was once there because the telegraph replaced the inside track company, after which as radio replaced every thing. He coated reside leisure because it shifted from vaudeville to whatever new and intriguing on Broadway, and had a literal front-row seat as relocating photographs advanced from nickelodeons, to silent motion pictures, and eventually to talkies.
Buried below a century of switch, what bizarre wrote approximately leisure, media, and politics approximately 100 years in the past nonetheless presents a distinct glimpse into some of the most attention-grabbing classes 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 instances, 1938
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