Once known for fighting for press freedom, and for searching for cool 45 rpm records to add to his jukebox, John in the front half of 2017 is best recognized for battling stage four oropharyngeal cancer. There is a small tumor on the base of his tongue in his throat that has spread to two nearby lymph nodes. The cause of this cancer is a nasty little sexual infection called HPV that John almost certainly picked up during the Reagan administration. (One reason he knows this is that as a working journalist, John has not had sex in 32 years.) The prognosis is very good that John will beat this cancer. But 39 radiation treatments across eight weeks starting on April 12 promise to be painful, nasty, painful, unpleasant -- and painful. Adding to the fun will be a weekly treatment of chemo. All of this should ensure the cancer is killed good and dead. Is there any way John will get through this without driving his wife and kids crazy? This page may provide some clues. If John isn't writing anything, that may mean he is suffering miserably. Or, even worse, it could mean he is a little cranky.