The Las Vegas Sun has this article on former industry writer Rodger Jacobs. It’s part one in a series where they will document Rodger & his girlfriend Lela Michael after they lost their home and become homeless.
Throughout Rodger’s 20-year career, he’s been an award-winning feature documentary producer (“Wadd: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes”), a trade and arts magazine journalist, a successful playwright (“Go Irish: The Purgatory Diaries of Jason Miller”), a true crime author, and a literary event producer. And also for the past two years, he’s been a book and literature columnist for Pop Matters, a popular online journal of cultural criticism.
Rodger’s girlfriend Lela Michael is a freelance editor and has also had a hard time finding work. Both have now been forced to leave Rodger’s cousin’s home which they were renting in North Las Vegas.
Rodger has had medical problems for many years. He’s had severe psoriasis and advanced psoriatic arthropathy (arthritis) for eight years. He also sometimes has to use a wheelchair just to get from one room to another due to severe plaque psoriasis on his feet. He’s also plagued by hypertension, gout, GERD, perennial allergies, the early stages of COPD, and bipolar disorder. Lela is also not in the best physical condition herself.
In 2007, Rodger and Lela relocated to Las Vegas from San Francisco to care for his terminally ill mother. The recession hit making it even worse for Rodger and Lela to find work. In July 2008, Rodger lost one of his bank accounts due to the recession.
I first got to know about Rodger throughout the years on different forums having to do with John Holmes and the 2003 film “Wonderland.” I’ve also posted a link to his book ” Long Time Money and Lots of Cocaine” on both my blogs here and here from the very beginning. I had heard about Rodger’s medical problems before but I didn’t know how bad it was and how bad it had gotten.
I wish someone in the industry could give Rodger a writing job considering his long history here. But the only two porn sites I’ve seen this story mentioned in is AdultFYI, where I first saw the story, and LukeIsBack. Then I remembered the story of Brianna Karp, the homeless blogger who got a job as an intern at Elle Magazine. Her blog the Girl’s Guide to Homelessness is what got her the job. She’ll also be releasing her book one day and here she debuts her book’s cover for the first time. Maybe if Rodger keeps updating his blog, something similar can happen to him which can lead to future writing jobs.
I had also asked many times before as to why no one in this industry will give Al Goldstein a writing job and many have told me he pissed off a lot of industry people. Anyone who reads Al’s site knows what a great funny writer he is. I had contacted Al’s lawyer about a year ago asking what happened to Al, if he was okay, or was he still in the psych ward. I can’t say the extent of the conversation but in a nutshell, Al is fine but he doesn’t have access to a computer. But if sadists like Max Hardcore are hailed as martyrs who will be welcomed back with open arms when he gets out of prison, why can’t writers like Rodger and AL be given a job in the same industry?
You can read a story The Colonel just wrote about Rodger on LukeIsBack. Rodger’s blog is carnytown.wordpress.com. The Las Vegas Sun also has up this follow-up story about how horrible many of the people who commented on their original story were to Rodger and Lela blaming them for much of what’s happened to them.
If you care to contribute and help Rodger out, you can via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org.