In "An Interview With Mr. Blackwell and His Partner Robert Spencer," Andy Towle wrote:
Mr. Blackwell was not a bitch. My parents met Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Spencer on a cruise. They came home talking about how much they enjoyed getting to know them both, and how much fun they were. I never had the pleasure of meeting either man in person, but Mr. Blackwell gave my daughter a very special gift that neither of us will ever forget.
Of the list, Blackwell told me: “The worst of anything was never done before me. I mean I love everything it did for me, but unfortunately it overtook my real life and it became a double-edged sword. It just was not the whole image I wanted to leave with the world, and today if you ask, Who’s Blackwell? He’s a bitch.”
Blackwell said he felt “terrible” about his public image: “Why I feel terrible is that that’s all they think of me. It wouldn’t be bad if that was one of the things. Fine. I think the list today is needed more than ever before. There has to be someone who has an opinion of what’s going on. I get hundreds of letters saying thank you for remembering that there is such a thing as taste. Hundreds.”
Katie is #11 on Richard Blackwell’s “10 Worst Dressed Women” list for 1989. When she was a year old, I wrote to about 160 celebrities in a variety of fields: entertainment, sports, law, science, medicine, music, etc. and asked them to send her birthday greetings, since a first birthday is a major milestone in her life, but not one she’s likely to remember. Over half of them wrote back. My parents had been on two cruises with Mr. Blackwell, and he asked which list we thought Katie would like to be on: Best Dressed, or Worst. Well, who remembers who’s on the BEST Dressed list?
It truly was a first birthday to remember, and a gift to cherish for a lifetime.
My sincere condolences to Robert Spencer, Mr. Blackwell's partner of fifty-eight years.