Off the Radar
It was a very small point of pride for me that my first and last byline in the misguided but daring media experiment that was Talk was in what eventually became a mythical "lost issue," and it was the beginning of a working relationship with Maer. He was cool enough to make sure I got paid anyway, and I eventually sold the story to the Chicago Tribune, probably the least appropriate venue for the story this side of Cat Fancy, for something like 13 cents a word. I kept in touch with Maer, and when he relaunched Radar earlier this year, he was kind enough to offer me a freelance contract as a contributing editor that allowed me to quit my job at the Tribune. It has been a gas.
Anyway, so I've been working on a really great story for the next issue of Radar, and it was all laid out and copy edited and fact-checked and ready to go and....
My only regret is that I lost my gig before Jeff Zucker lost his. UPDATE: Or got promoted. Whatever.