In the Back Door of the New York Times

And out of the driver’s seat of a New York City taxi

William Mersey
The Memoirist
Published in
6 min readApr 17, 2024

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Bearded cab driver with baseball hat on backwards leaning out the window of an old time Checker taxicab
photo by author’s friend 30 years ago. This is me behind the wheel of the Nick at Nite Checker cab the network rented for a promotional event in which we took part.

If a person wants to write for major league publications like the New York Times, the New York Daily News, or New York Magazine, step one would generally involve earning a Master's degree in Journalism from an elite school. Nobody would think that driving a taxi could be the portal that got them published in…

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William Mersey
The Memoirist

Daily Beast, NY Daily News, Daily Mail, Independent contributor. Old/jaded cynic. Can't code/don't want to know how. Hate artificial stupidity. Call don't text.