By Perry Lefko
Veteran radio and television personality John Gallagher has written a book about his life and it reads like a memoir of a rock ‘n roller.
Gallagher, who is part of a Mississauga-based internet sports/politics internet show called NSS Live that is broadcast every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-5 p.m., has lived a most interesting life. The book, Big League Babble On: The Misadventures of a Rabble-Rousing Sportscaster and Why He Should Be Dead By Now (Dundurn Press), is billed as a salacious, voracious and dangerously delicious memoirs lived on the edge in the midst of some of the world’s biggest celebrities.
With full disclosure, I worked with John for a year on NSS Live and it was a blast. I also helped him through various stages of the book. That, too, was a blast.
John Gallagher has had close to four decades of hosting some of the top-rated radio and TV shows in Canada and, while he was at it, doing enough drugs to wipe out a small village. Along the way there was plenty of drinking, cavorting and gallivanting with some of the coolest, biggest and baddest sports stars and Hollywood celebs around.
In the book, John spares no one, not even himself. There’s tales of his nights boozing with the likes of Tony Curtis, Stevie Nicks, Colin Farrell, and Leafs head coach Pat Burns. He also saved Mark Wahlberg’s life.
And he came a little too close to Princess Di.
And he once stole Muhammad Ali’s Playboy magazine – for the articles. Yeah, sure.
Gallagher is a pop culture Cuisinart and a walking — but mostly talking — sports almanac. From hot tubbing with Wendel Clark to “chasing skirt” with Robbie Alomar, Gallagher has met (and often partied with) all of the greats. This book will give you an accredited backstage pass and get you close enough to sniff Bo Derek’s perfume.
My favourite story is how onetime wrestler Chyna invited Gallagher to the famous Playboy grotto so he could get a birds-eye view of Hugh Hefner’s playground for sex.
However, Gallagher had to miss it because he had to catch a plane to return home to Toronto with his girlfriend.
And by the way, if you try to call him out on any of his stories, he has photos to back it all up.
He took photos of himself with all of the famous people he met.