Addendum: the last paragraph in the initial edition of this story was incorrectly worded. It has been changed to reflect the accurate comment... The Publisher
Fred Crisp, former publisher of the News & Observer, told me of the time he received a call from Frank Daniels, then the paper's owner, while Frank was in South Africa.
What's new? Frank asked.
"Saunders just wrote a column about coming out of the closet," Crisp solemnly informed him.
Silence on the other end. Lengthy silence.
Crisp said he finally burst out laughing and told Frank from which closet I'd emerged.
Had I admitted membership in a cult that worships Z.Z. Hill album covers?