ALEX’s BLOG - September 26, 2016
Last time I talked about meeting an incredible man –
Rick Karp, better known in his day as gay porn star Cole Tucker. He was
so articulate and friendly that I agreed immediately to co-author his
autobiography which we titled “COLE TUCKER – 15 MINUTES OF FAME AND A
HELLUVA LOT MORE”.
When we started ‘writing’
the book, the challenge was to capture on paper the flavor and sound of
Rick talking to me about the various periods of his life. The final
answer was to have him look at me, but talk into the Dragon system on
my computer, after we’d discussed and argued about the topic for that
day. It proved to be an amicable arrangement, since he could ‘record’
for 40 minutes ‘on point’. My next job was to transcribe, rearrange and
edit the raw material and send a copy to Rick for further discussion.
Gradually we worked through his different ‘lives’, amongst other
things, working out how to explain the remarkable transition from
high-end realtor Rick to hot, muscled and inked Cole – and back again.
got as far as the murder of his TV producer partner in South Africa,
which Rick graphically described. But he could go little further; the
memory was still too raw. He put the project on hold.
Last year Rick Karp died. His sister and I decided the memoir should
definitely be finished. The final 15% of Rick’s life is what I am now
reconstructing with the help of some of his professional and personal
It promises to be the fascinating
story of how one man lived his life in the second half of the 20th and
the first decade or so of the 21st century. As Rick was creating his
own existence as a male porn ‘star’ and much more, gay life was
becoming recognized by the mainstream of the United States.
I’ll keep you posted on developments on “COLE TUCKER”, as well as the new version of “THE HIGHWAYMEN”.