Keith D, contributor
I recently got to catch up with my childhood hero, Slinky. As we all know, Slinky had fallen into some dark times, but during our interview he was lucid, articulate, and downright charming. So without further ado, here is the unedited transcript of our conversation:
KD: Slinky, it’s great to see you, and I must say you are looking much healthier than those TMZ pictures.
Slinky: Yeah, you know there was some time there where I was all tangled up and spun out and a lot of people never thought I’d be able to get straight again. But I just needed to stretch out and unwind.
Slinky at rock bottom, July 2009 (Photo courtesy of TMZ)
KD: Let’s go back to the 90s. You were a superstar, a household name, at the second peak of your career, but what was going on behind the scenes?
Slinky: Man, I was just rolling every day. And then when I got into doing escalators–[laughs]– man, that shit was just non-stop. I kept chasing that escalator dragon all day, man… You can’t go back to rolling on stairs after that. And it was all downhill from there… [sobs hysterically]
Slinky at Pride ‘97
KD: Walk me through the night of that infamous TMZ photo.
Slinky: Well, back in those days I could barely walk myself through a night [laughs]. But drug addiction is no joke, and I was an addict. Hey, speaking of drugs, you got any drugs?
KD: I don’t know, are cocaine and fentanyl drugs? [laughs and busts out pills and powder]
Slinky: LET’S GET SLUNK!
Slinky died shortly after this interview.
RIP Slinky (1943-2017)