Here's the story. Robert McKee runs a Fort Worth web site -- downtownfortworth.com -- which sponsors a yearly contest. The contest involves the website publishing letters from signage downtown, and contestants try to guess which signs the letters belong to. The winner usually gets several hundred dollars worth of downtown merchandise.
The contest results were delayed this year because McKee went to Scotland with relatives to scatter his father's ashes.
One of the 450 contestants was unhappy that the results were delayed, and contacted Star Telegram reporter Barry Shlachter.
Shlachter did some research, discovered McKee's father had died months ago, and sent a skeptical email to McKee to ask how he could be at his father's "funeral" when his father died several months earlier. In response, McKee sent an email explaining the circumstances -- and McKee included a photo showing him scattering his father's ashes.
Shlachter saw the photo and instead of treating it as confirmation of McKee's private moment honoring his father, Shlachter went to print mocking McKee for wearing "an Aloha shirt". This is from Shlacter's June 21st column:
"Scattering ashes in an Aloha shirt (he sent us a picture) may not be the same as a funeral (his father died in December), but why quibble?"
Below is the photo McKee sent Shlachter.
For the record, McKee says he was wearing a pixellated floral design -- not a Hawaiian shirt. But even if it was a Hawaiian shirt, what business is that of Shlachter's?
McKee isn't taking Shlachter's insult sitting down. Check out his response to Shlachter's tacky article here.
Update: Barry Shlachter's book on chili recipes here.