Today, Anne Raso edits the blog Luxe Life NYC and also contributes to website Classic Rock Revisited. But back in 1983, she was the brand new associate editor at Tiger Beat magazine, part of a small staff of seven working out of offices in Creskill, N.J.
In a very fun look back for Gothamist, Raso recalls the lingering effect of John Lennon’s murder on access to celebrities, as well as a certain doyenne of the magazine. Editorial director Sharon Lee had great stories about David Cassidy and Henry Winkler, as well as a word of warning regarding John Stamos:
She made it clear from the beginning that Stamos was not going to cooperate with us on stories. Apparently, when she was working at the old West Coast office, Stamos had posted a note that said “PLEASE DO NOT OVEREXPOSE ME” on her bulletin board.
I always thought that Stamos should have been happy for all the coverage we gave him—he was the star most often the focus of the cover before Duran Duran hit in a big way. Then he had to share covers with the band. Still, other than TV Guide, we were one of the few publications that paid attention to Stamos.
Raso shares many more memories, including a strange bit of near-miss info that involves Judith Regan, as well as the more sobering recent comparative experience of a Taylor Swift email interview. She also calculates that her Tiger Beat annual salary of $14,000 (plus expenses) would translate today to roughly $30,000.