An Honest Reporter-Al Aronowitz

In early January 1971, I flew to NYC from my home in North Miami Beach, Florida to go snow skiing at Hunter Mountain. While on the plane I got a copy of the New York Post and saw an article by Al Aronowitz which was part of a series about Gimme Shelter. He was getting his info from John Jaymes. It was filled with misinformation and lies from the low life con man. Usually I don’t bother with reporters as they have their own agenda but the article infuriated me.  I called my old PR friend Candy Leigh and she said she knew the reporter,  he was a cool guy and I should talk to him. I called Al and we arranged a phone interview when I returned to Florida. We spoke for three hours and me of little faith wondered if it was worthwhile. It was, he posted a revised column and wrote the truth. This was the only time I had seen a writer care about posting the facts and following through.
New York Post Feb. 10,1971

I just saw this:

August 13, 2005 – Alfred G. Aronowitz, a pioneering rock journalist, dies of cancer in Elizabeth, N.J. He is 77. Aronowitz, who went by Al, was a brash, high-living character who paved the way for writers covering the evolving rock scene of the 1960s and subsequent cultural rebellion journalists like Hunter S. Thompson.

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