When I first arrived in New York City in 1978 with a Masters degree in Journalism, I was hoping to get a job with the New York Times. So the first thing I did upon arrival was spell out my plan for saving the city from bankruptcy, a plan I felt sure would get published and put me in good favor with the paper's Managing Editors. Unfortunately, the piece was rejected, albeit with the word: "Sorry" on the rejection slip.
About the Author
I started out writing black comedy, but I'm best known as the first reporter to document hip hop and the instigator of the film Beat Street. I also founded the Cannabis Cup, organized the first 420 ceremonies outside of Marin County, and launched the hemp movement with Jack Herer while writing some landmark conspiracy articles.