Born in 1925 in South Dakota, Boyd McDonald entered Harvard as a high-school dropout after serving in the army in World War II. Jobs with Time, IBM, and several Wall Street firms preceded Boyd's career as a chronicler of gay sex. He was the founder and editor of Straight to Hell (alternatively the Manhattan Review of Cocksucking), and later published a number of anthologies of true sex histories, the final three of which were Raunch, Lewd, and Scum. Boyd died in September 1993, two months after completing his final book.
I only "met" McDonald through through his participation via videotaped presentation at a Harvard University event in the early '90s titled In Eros Veritas, at which French Wall and Eugene Rice spoke in person.