Stephen Saban, the man seen in the above video touring NYC’s “dead clubs,” is a well-loved figure from the city’s nightclub scene in the 80s. Saban was a founding editor of Details magazine, with a popular column that chronicled the era’s most famous parties. Friends and former colleagues of the now 69-year-old have rallied together to help raise money for Saban who is recovering from pancreatic cancer and living in Los Angeles.

In an article from the New York Times, Saban’s influence is celebrated, noting support from famed personalities such as RuPaul, Dianne Brill, Karen Finley and Michael Musto. “He was the daddy of the downtown scene, the one who made it cool to be cool,” said Musto.

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Saban’s daughter, Chloë Saban-Mayo, started a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical expenses. Though he is now retired, Saban’s most recent gig was running the blog for LA-based production company World of Wonder.

James St. James, the former club kid-turned-writer who calls Saban his idol, worked with him for five years at World of Wonder. “When I moved to New York, he was the reason why I wanted to become a writer in the first place because he made it so glamorous,” St. James said. “Working with him was such a learning experience and a dream come true.”


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