By R. Scott Williams
As the highest-paid and most-read columnist of his period, ordinary McIntyre completed nice reputation and fortune. In his day-by-day column approximately long island, he recorded what used to be taking place behind the curtain and backstage with pop culture within the urban and world wide.
He was once shut associates with the various 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, strange triumphed over a debilitating psychological sickness and years failure to develop into the nation’s preeminent popular culture author. He was once there because the telegraph replaced the inside track enterprise, after which as radio replaced every thing. He lined dwell leisure because it shifted from vaudeville to whatever new and fascinating on Broadway, and had a literal front-row seat as relocating photos advanced from nickelodeons, to silent motion pictures, and at last to talkies.
Buried lower than a century of switch, what strange wrote approximately leisure, media, and politics approximately 100 years in the past nonetheless presents a distinct glimpse into some of the most interesting 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 ny have been studded with minarets and the neon lighting of Broadway flickered like jewels.” —The manhattan instances, 1938
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