This past year I grew to know an older gay men who lived in New York. His name was Anthony Zatti and he was fascinated with digital publishing. I was fascinated by his interest. And we started communicating together through facebook with private messages and status updates. I just learned he passed away this afternoon through a mutual friend and I wanted to say something about him in a post. His books are here on Amazon. And I wrote two posts about him here.
He often told me stories of what it was like to be in the military years ago, long before DADT and everything that has transpired since the repeal. In the photo above, he’s on the bottom right. Along with getting his digital books out, in a new world of publishing he’d just discovered, he was fascinated with what was happening in the military, too.
I know he had a partner. I know he was a professor at Brown and worked for a large bank. In fact, he had a long list of professional credits that always left me in awe of what he’d been able to accomplish during his lifetime. He worked as secretary to the President of the Revlon Corporation, and became friendly with celebrities like Susan Lucci and Lauren Hutton.
He also read most of my books, and gave me comments and advice I truly appreciated. The biggest compliment he ever gave me was that he saw most of what I wrote was based on my own personal experiences as a gay man. It was Anthony who inspired me a great deal to publish my own book on Amazon, and take that chance alone. When I look back at our private conversations on facebook, I smile when I see how serious he was about getting his own books out and the enthusiasm with which he did things. We talked about writing blurbs and other publishing things, and always went back to talking about our personal lives. We’d planned to meet up and have lunch sometime this summer. I was hoping Tony would get a chance to meet him. I’m sorry we’ll never get that chance now.
If you’re reading this Anthony wherever you are, RIP. It was a great pleasure knowing you for the short time I did.