"He's cut open a vein to give us a gift."
“Alcoholism and addiction have probably touched everyone in America. In that sense, Mike Matson's story is one for us all. Matson tells his personal story with humanity, humor and real introspection.”
Academy Award winning screenwriter of BlacKkKlansman
“With humor, self-awareness and a deep sense of the spirit that ultimately saved him, Mike Matson shares the harrowing story of how his youthful success in broadcasting was intertwined with a growing alcohol dependency that nearly ruined his life.”
Author, Editorial Director of Outside magazine, former editor of Wired and The New York Times Magazine
“If we were to choose someone to become an addict, Mike Matson would be my choice. I know that sounds strange, but his skill to recall his past and describe it is invaluable. He’s cut open a vein to give us a gift.”
Television journalist, producer and documentarian
Mike Matson is a lifelong Kansan whose career has touched various aspects of communications: Deejay, radio news, TV news, press secretary to a governor, systems advocacy and newspaper columnist.
His professional success paralleled an addiction-related downward trajectory featuring all the drama one might expect. This dichotomy is the premise of Courtesy Boy: A True Story of Addiction.
He wrote the book to help those still suffering - and their loved ones - connect the dots between destructive personality traits/behaviors and the potential for addiction.
Matson lives where he was born, in Manhattan, Kansas, with his wife and their two Australian Shepherds.
Chronological soundtracks to Courtesy Boy