I got involved as a writer on this website a few years back for the expressed purpose of being someone that would take off the gloves. Most local media have a tendency to sugarcoat a lot of the news.
I on the other hand choose not to sugarcoat anything.
Many of my initial stories on KC Confidential were intentionally a bit out there. If you read them years ago, I often wrote about my love life, which included some photos of the women who were in and out of my life like a revolving door, as well as some racy stories which often left me as the guy who came out on the short end of the stick. All of these stories were true but were somewhat abbreviated.
And if you’ve been following my many exploits, I often used myself as an example in what I felt were poignant and sad tales of lost love, family difficulties and making my way in the world as best I could.
Clearly, my life has been an open book.
There have been countless newspaper and magazine articles about me, as well as a book, The King of Sting, that’s based on my life.
I pulled no punches intentionally.
This was done for two reasons: one, so you could have a unique view of a person who took the road less traveled, and two, that might see yourself in some of my stories, albeit in a different way. And maybe you’d learn a thing or two about life through my eyes.
It was never my intention to hurt anybody or trample on anyone’s feelings in any way.
Unfortunately, the nature of online reporting and writing often stirs up hard feelings from others who read the stories. Those that read them and enjoy them and agree generally don’t comment. However some that disagree are sometimes willing to vilify me to get their points across.
The truth is, many of those comments were so degrading and challenging that it pushed me to respond in kind.
I now have come to see that this is the nature of the game.
It reminds me of when I first started doing the show on 98.9 The Rock with Johnny Dare two decades back. My character if you will, began off as a loveable former quasi-bad boy. It was based in part on my whiskey-deep voice which makes me sound like some kind of hoodlum. That and my willingness to tell entertaining and funny stories about my past.
And as it went with radio, over a period of time, my bad guy character became something of a reality. Despite that I was far removed from the young adventurer in my book and stories. Thus it became more fun for listeners to view me as the dark character my radio persona had become.
Even though the last criminal actions I was involved with were in 1983, they were rekindled by what became an incredibly unfair criminal accusation against me in 2001.
And although local media eventually tried to clear my name, the damage was done.
Much like Hollywood bad boys like Robert Downey, Jr, Christian Slater and Charlie Sheen; the name Craig Glazer became the poster boy for late nights, wild cocaine parties and running with women of questionable character.
And although most of the stories I told happened some time ago, it’s simply more fun for people to have a villain, a heel, a bad guy. But even with all my media attention in Kansas City over the past couple of decades, good and bad – generally good – I can’t win for losing. I still get that, “Well, I never even heard of Craig Glazer until I came to KC Confidential.”
I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who haven’t heard of me. I can’t do much about that. Good news doesn’t travel very well, but bad news has the legs to run for days. And scandals can last forever.
Look, as I look back on some of the silly arguments I’ve had with some of the commenters here, I admit it was sometimes wrong of me to lose my temper and invite them to step out from behind their computers and meet me in person for a beatdown.
But pretend you are me and someone was calling you every name in the book – that you were a liar and a rat – making verbal attacks on your family, etc. Eventually you’d maybe get a little fed up and want to strike back.
It’s clear that all these silly arguments that lead to harsh words between a writer and a commenter are never going to lead anywhere except to more and angrier comments on the website itself. And I don’t think that’s going to change.
I’ve written several stories this past year about the Chiefs as their season went from hopeful to collapse.
It’s pretty simple guys, they went from 9 and 0 to 2 and 6. If you wanted me to pretend this team was much improved, sorry. I just can’t. I’ve explained it over and over and the Chiefs proved me right Saturday.
Quarterback Alex Smith is a big improvement and that’s about it. Sorry about that. Like you, I wish they were a lot better. But having said that, I don’t hold the Chief’s failures against the city or the people who live here.
I’m proud to say I am from Kansas City. And when I lived in LA and Phoenix I made it clear to anyone who asked that I was a Kansas Citian. I spent many years living on the Country Club Plaza and still believe it to be the nicest shopping and entertainment district in the United States.
In conclusion, I realize there’s nothing I can do about the people who choose to attack me or hate on me. It’s a price I must pay for being outspoken. I know that I lived a wild and crazy life for many years and I don’t regret it one bit.
We all have things we’d like to change in our past but in the end I consider myself a lucky guy.
Again, I feel that the Kansas City media has been great to me overall. For those of you who’ve enjoyed my stories and comments, thanks for listening and reading. For those of you who choose not to like me for whatever reason, I guess there’s not much I can do about that.
I wish all of you a wonderful and happy 2014.