Originally Posted by comrade
He must have been a billionaire or especially well-endowed.
Guys ... he was a "walker" ... that's W A L K E R. He was gay and well-connected ... endowment was not a consideration. As far as husbands were concerned ... he was safe. As far as wives were concerned ... he knew everything about everyone. When the husbands were busy ... he "walked" the wives.
I quote from WWD's edition of 9 June 1995:
NEW YORK - Jerome Zipkin, a man-about-town who became a confidant to some of society's best-known and most affluent women, died Thursday at his apartment here. He was 80.
The cause of death was lung cancer, according to Steven Kaufman, a longtime friend who was with Zipkin when he died. Also present were two other close companions, former first lady Nancy Reagan and Louise Grunwald.
Although he lived alone for virtually his entire adult life, Jerry Zipkin was most often seen in the company of others, usually women of a lofty social stature. He was known as The Walker and The Social Moth, the former because he was the man who escorted many of society's most glittering women to its most glamorous events, the latter because of the indefatigable manner with which he carried out his mission.
When the Ladies Who Lunch sat down to pick at their asparagus in restaurants like Le Cirque, Zipkin was there. When they needed an escort to a charity ball or a private dinner party because their husbands were too busy or too bored, Zipkin was available. When they wanted to sit with an amusing companion at a major fashion show, someone with whom they could dish with discretion, Zipkin did not disappoint.