Last Thursday, the New York Post was awash with upsetting news. City editor Michelle Gotthelf ran from reporter to reporter over on Sixth Avenue, crying out: "Elaine Kaufman's dead! Call every famous journalist you know!" Posties dutifully began calling everyone they could think of who ate at Elaine's, like Pete Hamill, Gay Talese, and even Kaufman's maître d' of 30 years. What a terrible loss! Quotes (and sometimes tears) began flowing in from some of the city's best-known ink-stained types, who became truly wretched at the news. Then, the city desk got a call from a reporter in the shack, the Post's police bureau. "Has anybody actually bothered to check if indeed Kaufman is dead?" the writer asked. "Because I'm getting calls from a number of people saying she's alive and well."
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