07/05/2012 11:28 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Life In Coopersville

Naturally, I already knew that Anderson Cooper was gay, for a number of reasons. First, I work in Washington as a journalist, an industry of gossipy tendencies -- independent of sexual orientation or gender -- that make a Midwestern church-ladies social club seem tight-lipped.

Second, in the great social network of life, I'm two degrees away from the silver fox, sharing a handful of acquaintances — note I said ''acquaintances,'' not ''friends,'' because there's a profound difference despite what bad habits of nomenclature we're picking from Facebook – and stories spread.

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