To the editors:
Sadly, I have joined the minions of people who view the media with skepticism at best. I question the journalistic integrity of Tom Valeo, author of the Reader's recent article on Paul Glick [August 10]. Mr. Valeo obtained the (mis)quotes attributed to me on the pretext of preparing an article for Chicago magazine on the opening of the Robert-Lucas salon following the demise of Mr. Glick's salon. Rather, I found myself as a contributor to Glick's hagiography--the metamorphosis from unwitting hairdresser to "serious artist." I take issue with Mr. Valeo's characterization that the former regard I once held for Mr. Glick was greater than the love I have for my father. Mr. Valeo put words into my mouth--he was both highly presumptuous and very much mistaken.
I do not want to leave your readers with the view that Paul Glick left a lasting favorable impression on me. Despite his style and panache, Paul dismayed a lot of former Paul Glick employees--myself included--when he closed his salon with no warning and not so much as a wish for a good future. His conduct regarding the closing of his salon was without any style or panache.
Paul Glick was one of the best makeover artists and this article proves he hasn't lost his touch.
Tom Valeo replies:
Come on, Bob, you not only said what I quoted you as saying, you said it twice, in separate interviews. Here are your words, transcribed verbatim from my notes:
First interview: "In a way, I think of him as a father, a father who showed me how to dress, and who taught me how to behave."
Second interview: "I loved him more than my own dad, and that made me feel guilty. He was the dad I wanted--sophisticated, worldly, stylish, knowledgeable."
On top of that, you admitted--and other sources who know you confirmed--that Paul Glick had an enormous influence on you. He hired you when you were 18 years old, took you under his wing, showed you how to dress, and put you on the path to becoming the successful hairstylist you are.
I can understand why you'd be disappointed if you thought the article was going to be about the opening of your salon. But I made it perfectly clear that I was working on an article about Paul Glick, not about you.