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On the day of Arthur’s funeral, Cooney saw someone who looked like Jimmy Dodd might have twenty years on, and the guy was standing across the street from the breakfast place where he had gone to have coffee with his two closest acquaintances, friends of Arthur’s actually, as he knew so few people who had survived, and none of them lived in San Francisco. It felt odd to be reminded of Jimmy in the midst of his mixed grief over Arthur’s passing, but he was growing inured to all the men around him dying so young, and Arthur, a Brooklynite, who had frequently asked Cooney to recount stories of growing up in Minnesota was thrilled he actually knew somebody in show business. They never saw Mallory at close range again through the rest of their time in New York, but Arthur spoke glowingly of her for years after the night at Sardi’s.
Cooney had agreed to watch Mallory’s brief appearances on The Young and the Restless, General Hospital, and Falcon Crest, and though he no longer believed she still had an actual shot at the big time, he secretly rooted for her as he was trying to put her betrayal out of his mind. She had been so young and self-centered back then as he could see in retrospect, and he eventually came to realize she had not so much been stealing Jimmy away from him as attempting to build up her version of a protective wall. With Arthur gone now, Cooney’s own walls were nonexistent.