Saturday, June 15, 2019
Former Kansas City Star Columnist Hearne Christopher Claims Quinton Lucas Is Gay
As always, the point of this post is to present relevant information regarding a somewhat interesting Kansas City news tidbit to our blog community, offer our perspective and provide a forum for discussion. Right now we want to present the facts dispassionately with an effort to educate as well as entertain readers.
Accordingly . . .
ON HIS NEGLECTED BLOG, SOCIALITE AND LONG AGO COLUMNIST FOR THE KANSAS CITY STAR HEARNE CHRISTOPHER CLAIMS QUINTON LUCAS IS GAY & CLOSETED!!!
The proof is scant and comes from anonymous sources with no documentation and not even any decent jokes to back it up.
Moreover, the "closet" remark from the scribe is dated now that gay marriage is the law of the land and the implied pejorative reference reflects the values of a bygone era.
TKC perspective: The post is nothing more or less than a desperate attention grab at the end of the silly season when GOTV weekend has local political denizens in a tizzy.
Because Mr. Christopher's blog is mostly neglected, we don't feel the need to link it but instead offer a screen capture. Notice that the socialite is still touting the writing of KC comedy club owner Craig Glazer who has been dead since August 2018 and served as the only real attraction to the unrealized blogging effort.
Moreover, since the decline of the newspaper industry and the rise of the social media era, it's also unfortunate that Mr. Christopher has not been able to procure gainful employment as a full-time journalist for more than a decade. He has recently informed his smattering of readers that he's selling cars at a local "luxury" outlet.
Here's documentation of the questionable news item:
About the lead photo in this post -- It comes from nearly a decade ago when, according to The Pitch, Hearne Christopher Jr. was charged with driving under the influence, according to police in Prairie Village. Christopher was arrested in the 3100 block of West 79th Street. We present the mugshot given that Mr. Christopher also offers some speculation on the DUI arrest of Quinton Lucas but again, provides no good jokes or proof to back it up. Instead the post was mostly filled with the 80s-era snide commentary that was the hallmark of Hearne Christopher's published newspaper writing nearly two decades ago.
Full disclosure: TKC penned some posts Mr. Christopher's blog years ago but the pay was horrible and was supplemented only by free beer at an also formerly great Kansas City jazz club. TKC left the publication on reasonably good terms when it was clear that there wasn't much forward progress.
Nevertheless . . .
The TKC Saturday night takeaway . . .
More than anything this post from Hearne Christopher inspired just a bit of melancholy.
His father was one of the most legendary businessmen in Kansas City who amassed an EPIC fortune and held nearly as much influence as people like The Kemper & Hall families. The life journey of Hearne Christopher, Jr. has been much more difficult with repeated divorces, relocations and some bad luck in business ventures. The former newsman turned blogger claims he's doing "quite well" selling cars and we certainly hope that's the case because his online efforts haven't gained traction or a significant audience after more than a decade of trying.
And so, this last stab at Kansas City Mayoral front runner Quinton Lucas might be the swan song for a local print-media legend . . .
We remember that he often declared himself at the same level of writers like Jason Whitlock and Joe Posnanski who have amassed a far greater online following and achieved national media acclaim following their departure from the Kansas City Star. Meanwhile, Mr. Christopher struggles to keep his writing fresh in the minds of local readers who might not recall his formerly impressive roots and connection to Kansas City history.
And all of this inspires our a late night lament for all of the denizens of the dying Kansas City newspaper industry and tonight's playlist on the topic of dead-tree media former glory . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.