I loved Nora Ephron as a writer, and I was very sorry when
she died last year. I had always dreamed about meeting her and becoming really
good friends, and now that was never going to happen. Plus, I just liked to
read anything and everything she wrote, and now that was over too.
So I was
glad to hear that she left behind a new play called “Lucky Guy,” which opened
this week in New York. And I was even more fascinated to hear that it’s about
Mike McAlary, the late columnist for the New York Daily News. It meant that we
would have had at least one thing to talk about.
A lot of people have a lot of memories about Mike McAlary,
but to me he will always be the creep who once accused a lesbian rape victim of
lying about being raped. That created a pretty dicey moment in gay-straight
relations back when those relations were pretty dicey already. And because I
was a gay columnist for New York Newsday at the time, I got mixed up in it.
I can’t wait to see how Ephron handles that story in her play. And yes, I’m
sure it’s in the play. It has to be. It almost destroyed McAlary’s career. And
it might have destroyed mine too.
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