Re:sound #230 The Dying Words Show

This hour the life and AIDS reporting of New York Times reporter Jeffrey Schmalz.

2016 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour the life and AIDS reporting of New York Times reporter Jeffrey Schmalz.

Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeffrey Schmalz and How It Changed the New York Times
by Kerry Donahue & Sam Freedman (The Dying Words Project, 2015)
On the afternoon of Friday, December 21, 1990, Jeffrey Schmalz had a grand mal seizure in the middle of the New York Times newsroom where he worked. Soon after he was diagnosed with full blown AIDS. He spent the rest of his life and career writing about the epidemic from the perspective of the gay community, even as he was dying from the disease himself.

Jeanne and Morty Manford. Activist son; Revolutionary mom
by Sara Burningham and Eric Marcus (Making Gay History, 2016)
In 1972, Jeanne Manford, founded the organization PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, in support of her son Morty Manford — a gay man who would go on to become an assistant attorney general of New York.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

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Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus is the author of a dozen books, including Making Gay History, Is It A Choice?, Why Suicide? and Breaking the Surface.


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