The life of a Philadelphia gossip columnist

Dan Gross has an entertaining piece in Philadelphia magazine about his adventures as a Philly Daily News gossip columnist. (He took a buyout in January.) He writes in the June issue:

Dan Gross (credit: Chris Crisman)

Dan Gross (credit: Chris Crisman)

I have always been interested in celebrities. I grew up reading my mom’s People magazines; in high school, a friend and I published a punk fanzine called Scenester! I got my picture taken with singer Brandy at my prom. (She was the date of my classmate, one Kobe Bryant.)

In college, I published a magazine called Deal With It and profiled Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes; I tried to interview Anthony Michael Hall of Breakfast Club fame, but he demanded to be paid and we ended up arguing over it. I ran the transcript of him being a dick instead. My first gotcha.

Gross writes in an email: “I’ve just launched Gross Communications, a strategic PR company offering media relations, crisis communications, social media and media training.” I assume he’s competing with former boss Brian Tierney, who runs Brian Communications Group.

* Gossip Guy: The life and times of the Daily News’ Dan Gross (