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ACLU Gay Rights Newsletter

 

Premiere issue of "The Newsletter of the ACLU Gay Rights Chapter" of Southern California (October-November 1976) published by the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay Rights Chapter, out of Los Angeles, California. A left-folded newsletter measuring 8-1/2" by 11" and containing four pages.

The issue contains the President's Message, meeting notice, minutes from the founding meeting of the Gay Rights Chapter, Calendar of Events, Committee Reports, upcoming speakers, and a membership application.

From the President's Message in this premiere issue by Gay Rights Chapter President Dick Caudillo:

"As several of the other articles in this Newsletter indicate, much of the efforts in the months since we formed as the first Gay Rights Chapter of the ACLU have been devoted to organizational needs...The need has been to assess this chapter's most productive potential in a movement that is already peopled by bright and dedicated activists who have long been concerning themselves with civil liberties issues...

"We are initiating our own actions in addition to joining in those others. The most major of these to date is the bringing of a suit against L.A. Police Chief Ed. Davis and others within the department for egregious violations of the civil liberties of Christopher Street West and the entire gay community at this year's Gay Pride Parade. It is thought that this suit is the first ever brought on behalf of the gay community in Southern California under Federal Civil Rights legislation...

"We have a special mandate here to see that this chapter leads the way for the formation of similar chapters in each and every affiliate organization and we can only do this by the example we, ourselves, set. The response in terms of membership has been phenomenal and we could not ask for any more support from our brothers and sisters, both gay and non-gay, in the other chapters and in the ACLU headquarters. The future is in our hands and it will be one of gay pride!"

Brief Historical Background of the ACLU and Gay Rights Chapter

The American Civil Liberties Bureau, founded in 1917 by Roger Baldwin, Crystal Eastman (wife of Max Eastman), and Albert DeSilver, changed its name to the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920. Its mission was and is to "defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the country by the Constitution and laws of the United States." The Gay Rights Chapter of Southern California was founded in early 1976.

 

April 1977 issue of "ACLU Gay Rights Newsletter" (formerly "The Newsletter of the ACLU Gay Rights Chapter") of Southern California (Volume 2 #2) published by the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay Rights Chapter, out of Los Angeles, California. A left-folded newsletter measuring 8-1/2" by 11" and containing four pages.

The issue contains cover article "Willie Brown Testimonial set for May 7"; next meeting notice; Special Membership Drive Underway; Exercise Your Writes (from the Legislative Committee involved in compiling a list of gay rights supporters); announcement of upcoming Election of Chapter officers for 1977; Speaker's Bureau report; April Calendar; President's Message; Help Wanted; announcement of the upcoming CSW Gay Pride Parade ("Should the Gay Rights Chapter participate?"); short article "Warning: Remember Arkansas!"; Scrapbook project announced; coupon for the upcoming Willie Brown Testimonial Dinner.

 

1977 issue of "ACLU Gay Rights Newsletter" (formerly "The Newsletter of the ACLU Gay Rights Chapter") of Southern California (Volume 2 #3) published by the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay Rights Chapter, out of Los Angeles, California. A left-folded newsletter measuring 8-1/2" by 11" and containing four pages.

The issue contains cover article "Membership Drive Enters Crucial Phase"; April Election Results (elected officers for the ACLU Gay Rights Chapter); article "Legislative Priorities"; update from Steering Committee; May Calendar; "Last Call for Willie Brown Dinner!"; President's Message; lengthy rear cover article from the Legislative Action Committee entitled "Know the Issue - Exercise Your Writes."

 

June 1977 issue of "ACLU Gay Rights Newsletter" (formerly "The Newsletter of the ACLU Gay Rights Chapter") of Southern California (Volume 2 #4) published by the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay Rights Chapter, out of Los Angeles, California. A left-folded newsletter measuring 8-1/2" by 11" and containing four pages.

The issue contains cover article "[California Assemblyman Willie] Brown accepts first Human Rights Award" (with cover photograph of Willie Brown, Gay Rights Chapter President Peter Thomas Judge, and California Assemblyman Rosenthal at the Gay Rights Chapter's first annual Human Rights Award Dinner); upcoming meeting notice; short article "Chapter Bylaws Ready" by Steve Weltman; President's Column "Peter's Principles" by Peter Thomas Judge; article "Gay Employment Secured" by Ed Games; short article "Lesbians Involved" by Linda Jay; news updates "Hot Flashes"; June Calendar of Events.

 

July 1977 issue of "ACLU Gay Rights Newsletter" (formerly "The Newsletter of the ACLU Gay Rights Chapter") of Southern California (Volume 2 #5) published by the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay Rights Chapter, out of Los Angeles, California. A left-folded newsletter measuring 8-1/2" by 11" and containing four pages.

The issue contains cover article "Teacher Embraces Rights, Not Students"; cover article "Gay Rights in Danger! Sacramento Suffers Near Fatal Attack of Homophobia"; three front cover photographs of the Gay Rights Chapter participating in the Christopher Street West Pride Parade; Editorial Opinions; Executive Column by Gay Rights Chapter President Peter Thomas Judge; news updates ("ABC-TV Films our President"; "Garden Party Successful"; "GRC Newsmakers"); Treasurer's Report; short article "Lights, Camera, Anti-Pasta" (on the recent dinner meeting); June Meeting Rescheduled; article "Speakers Welcomed by Schools" by Jeff Howard; announcement "Membership Increasing!" (the membership list had reached 400 people); July Calendar.

 

September 1977 issue of "ACLU Gay Rights Newsletter" (formerly "The Newsletter of the ACLU Gay Rights Chapter") of Southern California (Volume 2 #7) published by the American Civil Liberties Union, Gay Rights Chapter, out of Los Angeles, California. A left-folded newsletter measuring 8-1/2" by 11" and containing four pages.

The issue contains cover article "The $200,000 Tragic Farce" (with photograph of Jeannie Barney and Thomas Hunter Russell: "The notorious 'Mark IV Forty Slave Auction' episode is one of the more blatant landmarks in the history of [LAPD] police paranoia with regards to the gay community"); next meeting announcement; Lesbian Rights Committee Update; news article "Secret Weapon for Police"; news article "Catholic Humanism"; announcement "Trip to Mars" (on upcoming GRC event); Being Not Done Dept.; September Calendar; news article "Before the Supreme Court"; Editor's Brief; letter to the editor; announcement "John Rechy Speaks" (with his photo); Board News; "Beachballs, Bods, and Bonfire" (on GRC's upcoming beach party); "Been Hassled Lately?" (from GRC's Police Practices Committee); news article "Campaign Launched on AB 1302"; short news article "Same Sex Marriages - Brown Signs No" ("On August 18, 1977, Governor [Jerry] Brown signed AB607, prohibiting same sex marriages in California...").

 

 

Action Magazine

 

 

Near-complete run of 45 issues of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Action Magazine" (1972-1974) published out of Hollywood, California. Well-illustrated with vintage advertisements and male beefcake photographs, Action Magazine (popularly known as a "bar rag") provided bar, social, drag, and entertainment news to gay men living in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. All with magnificent vintage covers, the issues feature editorials, articles, social, gossip, and bar columns, humor, Hollywood and male film reviews, maps, directories, and drag and beefcake contest and coronation news. Beginning in 1974, the issues are packed with male beefcake photographs from the lens of Eddie Van, whose male models were always available for private show, pioneer gay male filmmaker Pat Rocco, and Bob Mizer's Athletic Model Guild.

 

With vintage gay bar, nightclub, lounge, bathhouse, adult male theatre, fashion, and restaurant ads from virtually every gay business in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, many of them now closed, including: The House of Ivy, The Glass Onion (offering a "Young Swinging Crowd, Pool Tables, Groovy Atmosphere"), The Purple Lion, The Fallen Angel, The Florentine Room, Bernie's Holiday Room. Bla Bla Cafe, The Stampede, Rendezvous, The Outcast ("America's Largest Leather & Western Bar"), The Lagoon, The Alley, The Big John, Shanty, Inquire Room, Handle Bar, Coronet Theatre, Falcon's Lair, Stardust, Blue Angel West, Tiffany Theatre, The Acropolis, The Hayloft, Candlelite Room, The Bitter End West, Cypress Baths, Atwater Baths, Goliath's Theatre, Las Palmas Theatre, Ah Men, Man-Maker Fashions, The City Dump, The Boot Camp, hundreds of others.

 

 

Issue #2 "Action Magazine" (May 1972) published out of Hollywood, California. Well-illustrated with vintage advertisements, Action Magazine (popularly known as a "bar rag") provided bar, social, drag, and entertainment news to gay men living in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 48 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include: memoir "Memories of Garren" by John Specter; social and bar column "Action Ear" by Danny Thomas; an Open Letter from Vince Bugliosi (an early supporter of gay rights, then running for District Attorney, with his photo); lengthy list of gay bars in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties; full-page ads for the Glass Onion, The Queen Mary (presenting "Premiere Night"), Blue Angel West, Forsooth the Dragon (with male beefcake illustration), the Stagecoach, Tiffany Theatre (with male beefcake photo), MCC's 4th Annual May Festival, The Alley, The Hayloft (with cowboy illustration), Candlelite Room (with illustration by Sean), Falcon's Lair (with splendid artwork by Tom of Finland).

 

 

Issue #8 of "Action Magazine" (July 1972) published out of Hollywood, California. Well-illustrated with vintage advertisements, Action Magazine (popularly known as a "bar rag") provided bar, social, drag, and entertainment news to gay men living in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 64 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With a splendid vintage illustrated cover, the issue features editorials, articles, social, gossip, and bar columns, humor, Hollywood and male film reviews, maps, directories, and drag and beefcake contest and coronation news. With vintage gay bar, nightclub, lounge, bathhouse, adult male theatre, fashion, and restaurant ads from gay businesses in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, many of them now closed. Highlights include:

 

-column "Action Ear" by Danny Johnson ("I finally had a chance to do some bar-hopping the last couple of weeks, so I think I'll start this time by telling you about what's going on");

-column "Your day in L.A." by Gerald Strickland ("It's five o'clock Sunday morning in L.A. Senorita Neutsa de Los Angeles, to be more exact...Our Lady the Queen of the Angels, the saddest, loneliest, happiest, gaiest city in the world");

-full page announcement for the upcoming "Mr. Mechanic" Contest ("Our Butch Contest" presented by Madam Leslie and Ace);

-full page announcement for the upcoming "National Cotillion: Second Annual Female Impersonators' Contest" presented by L-West Productions ("25 Contestants Compete in 3 Categories: Beauty of Face & Figure, Bathing Suit; Charm & Grace, Evening Gown; Talent, 4-minute routine");

-full page announcement from "Dizzy, Love is the Answer" (with two photos of Dizzy, one male beefcake, the other drag: "Thank you, Saul & David, for my Saully Nomination. And, thanks to everyone who voted for me. For best in field of nosy people");

-film review of "Portnoy's Complaint" (with two photos);

-full page ad from the Hollywood Music Center (with illustration: "every night: Films, Nudes, Dancing");

-full page ad from Forsooth The Dragon (with list of the "Knights of the Round Table Contestants");

-gay film review of "Devil In The Flesh" (with three photos);

-column "Girls' Scene" by The Irish Butch;

-full page ad "Miss Alba Proudly Presents: The All Male Play Room Cocktail Lounge" (with "groovy waiter Ron");

-column "Metropolitan Tavern and Guild Association News Release";

-column "Action Line: Long Beach" by Tackee David ("BOY, have I got a column for you this week!!!);

-full page announcement for the upcoming "Mr. Nude Cosmopolitan Contest" at the Follies Theatre;

-vintage advertisements for the Glass Onion (then featuring "The Onionettes"); The Stampede Western Saloon; Garden of Eden ("We never close"); Nero's; Tradesman ("under new management"); The Gas Station (with illustrations: "The Now Sounds, Where The Happenings Are! Gay"); Dove's Cove ("Join Del, Micki & the gang"); Blue Angel West; The French Bull; The Bla Bla Cafe; Atwater Baths; the Playhouse (then featuring Charles Pierce, with photo); the Fallen Angel (with beefcake illustration); many others; -much, much more.

 

 

Issue #10 "Action Magazine" (August 1972) published out of Hollywood, California. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 64 pages including front and rear covers.

With a splendid vintage illustrated cover, the issue features editorials, articles, social, gossip, and bar columns, humor, Hollywood film reviews, maps, directories, drag and beefcake contest and coronation news, vintage gay advertisements.

Highlights include:

-news story "H.E.L.P. Party Raided" (at the Black Pipe bar: the Homophile Effort for Legal Protection, which monitored LAPD vice activities, provided legal advocacy or assisted with legal referrals for gay men arrested by entrapment or public sex, and worked with law enforcement and other regulatory agencies to end police harassment of gay bar patrons);

-article on the drag queen event Miss Cotillion Contest (with a photo of Brandy Lee);

-social and bar column "Action Ear" by Danny Johnson ("I will begin with the biggest news that has hit L.A. in awhile, that being the name of [female impersonator] Craig Russell. Opening September 13 at Tony's...");

-social and bar column "Shine It On" by Tackee David;

-double page "Welcome to the Frog Festival" (with full page photograph of Tackee David, the "Great Grand Duke of Frogs");

-social and bar column "Steppin' Out" by Bill Dover ("When traveling the Santa Monica Canyon circuit, if you're not already clued in, it's fairly easy to bypass the new Hollywood swinging spa that's christened by manager-host-bartender, Erik Dahl. Smiling, effervescent, blond and b-i-g Erik, heretofore known area-wide as a generous 'n gyrating go-go dancer and SPREE player, has efficiently piloted this smooth ship, which cuts quite a swath in the Saully Nominations as 'The Campiest Bar Of The Year'");

-full page or half page advertisements for the Glass Onion ("Danny & Dizzy Present the Onionettes"); Gallery Inn Restaurant & Bar ("Wednesday: Don't Miss Our Roman Orgy Banquet"); Atwater Baths ("A Club With That Touch of Difference"); the French Bull ("The One and Only Sonny Dallas Appearing"); BJ's ("Holiday Party...Complimentary Steak Sandwich and Corn on the Cob"); Regency Club Baths ("Labor Day Party - Bring your own Meat!! We furnish the Salad and Trimmings"); Joe's Place ("Dart Board Contest Every Thursday"); JJ's ("Hula Contest in our New Patio"); Forsooth The Dragon (with three photos of contestants for the upcoming Knights of the Round Table Contest); Goliath's (gay male film house); The Fallen Angel (with male beefcake illustration); many others;

-much, much more.

 

 

Issue #11 "Action Magazine" (September 1972) published out of Hollywood, California. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 48 pages including front and rear covers.

This issue features editorials, articles, social, gossip, and bar columns, humor, Hollywood film reviews, maps, directories, drag and beefcake contest and coronation news, and vintage gay advertisements.

Highlights include:

-splendid cover photograph of early gay film idol Ray Todd, then 1972 Groovy Guy;

-article "Groovy Guy '73" by Gerald Strickland (on the 1972 Groovy Guy Contest: "Little Honker, a petite doll of a boy, sponsored by the Surfside Motel in Huntington Beach was chosen by the contestants themselves as Mr. Congeniality. Throughout the evening, he never completely lost the slight trace of a smile that curled his lips into a lovable, impish expression - until he was presented with the trophy, then he laughed and cried at the same time. It was groovy to see someone as young as he who wasn't afraid of emotion");

-full page advertisement for Broom Hildas (feature "Amature [sic] Go Go Dancers");

-social and bar column "Action Ear" by Danny Johnson ("All of you leather buffs should check out the all new Leather Horse bar! They are now open to serve you and feature 35c bottle beer for everyone - anytime");

-full page ad for the Young Men's Athletic Club of Hollywood ("For a real TRIP, HEAD-IN to the Y BATHS");

-social and bar column "Shine It On" by Tackee David ("Busy...busy...busy!!!! I've been kept so busy I really haven't had the time to visit with La Rey at the C'est La Vie. I told Corey - Mr. Stud West - to take care of her for me until after the Frog Festival. From the way they both dressed at the Saully Awards last Monday, they both need looking after. Mother Mason, take care of your kids and dress them better");

-full page announcement for JJ's 1st Anniversary Party (with photo of owner Ducky and bartender Carl);

-full page advertisement for the Roommate Registry (with sample ads: "We have some great situations for men who are willing to share another's apartment or home!");

-full page advertisement for Jamie and Steve's upcoming 1st Annual Bar Hopping Road Race;

-full page advertisement from the male film theatre Hollywood Music Center (with beefcake illustration by Etienne);

 

Issue #13 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Action Magazine" (October 1972) published out of Hollywood, California. Well-illustrated with vintage advertisements, Action Magazine (popularly known as a "bar rag") provided bar, social, drag, and entertainment news to gay men living in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 56 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include: cover photograph of drag artist Craig Russel as Peggy Lee (with full-page review of his performance at Tony's in North Hollywood, inside); social and bar column "Action Ear" by Danny Johnson; full-page ad for the Leather Horse (with male leatherman illustration); full-page ad for the Gallery Inn (with male beefcake photo); full page photo of Lynn Mettscher from Forsooth the Dragon ("My Thanks to the Imperial Court for my appointment as nominee for Emperor de Los Angeles"); full-page photo of drag queen Mei Ling (running for Empress de Los Angeles and sponsored by Action Magazine); full-page photo of drag queen Linda Del Rio (running for Empress de Los Angeles, sponsored by Cable Car Flowers); full-page ad for Regency Baths; rear cover advertisement for Craig Russel, then appearing at Tony's (with four photographs of Craig Russel as Talulah Bankhead, Carol Channing, Judy Garland, and Peggy Lee).

 

First Anniversary Issue. Issue #26 (probable) of "Action Magazine" (April 1973) published out of Hollywood, California. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 80 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-article "THINK Before You Call For HELP" (a lengthy criticism of the Homophile Effort for Legal Protection founded by Larry Townsend and others to provide education and legal assistance to gay men arrested or entrapped by vice officers);

-column "Nostagia" by Gerald Strickland;

-full page ad for Carl Newman, then running for the Los Angeles City Council (with photo: "L.A. Candidate Backs Full Rights for Gays");

-bar column "In Search of Action";

-fabulous full page advertisement for the Redwood Room (with large male beefcake and drag queen photo ("When in San Francisco, it's Finnochios - in Paris, La Petit Moulin Rouge - in New York, 82 Club - in Los Angeles, Redwood Room");

-half page announcement for the upcoming 1st Annual Black Beauty Contest (at C'est La Vie);

-gay male film review of "Back Row" starring Casey Donovan (with photo);

-social and bar column "Steppin' Out" by Bill Dover;

-full page ad for the Valli Haus ("Playroom Bar" with two photos, including one of hunky Billy Carroll: "Would you believe This Number? REAL TRASH");

-article on drag queen Butch Ellis (with photo);

-interview of drag queen Empress 1 La Rey ("a female impersonator and a producer of the Universe Ball and the Battle of the VIPS");

-centerfold facsimile from the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper featuring a review of the gay restaurant Country Club ("A Gay Place of Fine Wines and $1.50 Dinners");

-bar and social column "City of San Francisco";

-bar and social column "San Diego Scene";

-vintage advertisements from Cable Car Flowers (with male beefcake illustration); Middle Earth ("'Big Mama' Kelly at 6am Sat. & Sun."); After Hours ("Levi Night Every Wednesday"); GSF (dating service: "Looking for a Lover? You'll Find 'Em by the 100s at GSF"); the Outer Limits; Harold's ("Los Angeles' Oldest, Our 29th Year - 'There Must Be A Reason'"); Victor Hugo (featuring "Gogi Grant's Playgirls"); The Queen Mary; Neworld ("Dancing Go-Go Boys, Your Host Pepper"); the Brass Spurr; A Taste of Leather ("Serving the Needs of the Community Since 1966"); Camp (San Francisco); the Islander (presenting the "Ding-a-ling Bros., Barnstable & Gayley" in a benefit concert for the Gay Activists Alliance); Barbary Coast; Bee Jays; Mary's Hang Up (San Diego); Dave's Bathhouse (San Diego); Atlas Baths (San Diego); The Haven (with beefcake photo: "All the Young Dudes"); many others; -much, much more.

 

 

Issue #28 "Action Magazine" (May 1973) published out of Hollywood, California. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 64 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-cover photograph of David, a bartender at Duron's (then at 7621 Sunset Boulevard);

-full page advertisement for the gay bar "Skip's Shingle Shack" then located at 1941 Hyperion ("IF YOU ARE A: gay, fag, queer, pansie, sissy, dyke, lesbian, closet queen, male, female, homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, asexual, black, brown, red, white, yellow, off-duty cop, on-duty cop, soldier, sailor, marine, flyguy, wac, wave, single, married, unmarried, never-married, mother, father, son, daughter, or any combination thereof, you are welcome");

-social column "Action Ear" by Danny Johnson;

-two page article "Dear John [Embry]" by Phil Cooper (a lengthy criticism of John Embry from HELP, Inc., the Homophile Effort for Legal Protection founded by Larry Townsend and others to provide education and legal assistance to gay men arrested or entrapped by vice officers);

-news article "SPREE Awards 1973" (the Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts, with photo);

-column "Shining On" by David, featuring article "The Story of Bill and Frank" by Steve of Long Beach (on lovers Bill and Frank: "They met in the summertime...All they had was a couple of dollars between them, an old Ford wagon that hardly ran, and they had each other");

-full page announcement for the upcoming Emperor & Empress Ball (to be held at Ellie's Royal Lion in Inglewood on May 6, 1973);

-bar column "Steppin' Out" by Bill Dover;

-full page ad for The Neworld, at 12319 Ventura Boulevard (with four beefcake photos of go-go boy Gypsy 'Johnny' Lee);

-full page announcement for the upcoming 2nd Annual Night of Stars sponsored by the Kingmasters (at the Playhouse in North Hollywood to benefit HELP, Inc.);

-social column "City of San Francisco" by Mike B.;

-full page advertisement for San Francisco's Naked Grape bar (with beefcake illustration: "One of San Francisco's friendliest, crusing [sic] and dance bars");

-guest social column "Our Town: San Francisco" by Sarah Jane Johnson III;

-full page advertisement for Brawn Products (with male beefcake photo);

-column "San Diego Scene" by Bob Lawrence;

-half page "Mama Bear for Empress of South Bay" (with photo) and "Tommy for Emperor of South Bay" (with photo);

-vintage advertisements for The Old West (with illustration, "Western & Leather Bar, Guys with leather, cap, motorcycle, jackets"); The Outer Limits ("Dance Contest Sundays"); Forsooth The Drago (with photo of bartender Don Witherow); Chief Crazy Horse Saloon (with male beefcake photo); A Taste of Leather (with photo and illustration); Barbary Coast, Bee Jays, Gents Turkish Bath ("male attendants only"); many others; -much, much more.

 

 

Now with expanded male artwork and photography.

Issue #31 of "Action Magazine" (June 1973) published out of Hollywood, California. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 72 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-cover advertisement for Chief Crazy Horse, then at 6274 Hollywood Boulevard (with drawing by Etienne);

-full page announcement for the upcoming "Mister Cowboy and Miss Cowgirl 1973-74 Contest" (with male beefcake art of hunky, hairy shirtless cowboy, to be held at Big Town in San Francisco, located at 6th & Folsom Streets);

-full page advertisement for drag entertainer Sahdgi, then appearing at the Queen Mary at 12449 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City ("Sahdgi is Back! Direct From His Exclusive Engagement At The Circus Circus In Las Vegas");

-column "Action Ear" by Danny Johnson (which includes a lengthy list of his choices for the upcoming Maggie Awards);

-full page advertisement for Jim's Corral in Long Beach (with male beefcake artwork);

-full page advertisement for Butch Gardens on Sunset Boulevard, with splendid artwork (where "The Hunkiest Butch Dudes in the West Get It All Together...Are You Butch Enough For Butch Gardens?");

-gay film review of "Ramrod" (with beefcake photo of Bruce Morgan);

-full page announcement for the upcoming "Mom & Pop's Straight-Shooter Awards Finalists" at Mom & Pop Hennessey (categories include "Queens Row"; "A.A. Reject"; "Born Loser"; "Louella Parsnip"; "Bar Fly"; "Odd Balls"; others);

-full page advertisement for Broom Hildas, then at 16865 Pacific Coast Highway ("Draft Beer 25-cents, Bottle 40-cents: Must Wear Levis And No Shirt To Take Advantage Of These Prices");

-full page advertisement for the DOK West in Garden Grove ("Orange County's All New Night Club, Genuine Old-European Atmosphere");

-full page photograph of drag queen Charmaine Lee Anderson (running for "Queen of Queens" title at the upcoming Maggie Awards);

-lengthy four-page interview of Carol, a transsexual;

-half page advertisement for The Swing in San Diego (with beefcake drawing: "its where the boys go go go go go go!");

-full page advertisement for The Florentine Room on Melrose Avenue (with beefcake photo of Gary Brandenburg and drag queen Miss Jamie Lynn);

-full page advertisement for The City Dump, then at 506 Castro at 18th Street in San Francisco (with large male beefcake drawing);

-half page advertisement for the Water Hole #3 in San Francisco (with photo: "Meet Ray, Mr. Gay San Francisco");

-half page advertisement for Ah Men fashions (with two beefcake photos, one of Colt model Stoner);

-full page advertisement for "Man-Maker Fashions" then at 958 Western Avenue in Hollywood (with two photos);

-full page ad from drag queen Billy Carroll, with large photo ("Dolly, Lorelie And I Thank You, Cal & Billy, For Our Maggie Nomination"); -much, much, much more.

 

 

Issue #36 of "Action Magazine" (August 1973) published out of Hollywood, California72 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-social, event, and bar columns throughout;

-full page photograph of Lynn Mettscher (Candidate for Napoleon);

-full page photograph of drag queen Julius ("Good Luck, Julius - Candidate for Josephine & International Show Queen");

-full page photograph of Dee ("Good Luck, Dee, Candidate for Napoleon");

-full page photograph of Ron Stone and Kimo ("For Emperor & Empress De San Diego");

-full page list of Sandie Awards Nominees (including categories Mr. Hunky Guy, Drag Queen of the Year, Bitch of the Year, Butch of the Year, Camp of the Year, Bar and Bartender of the Year);

-full page announcement of the upcoming Sandie Awards and the First Annual Coronation Ball of the Emperor & Empress De San Diego;

-full page photography of Geno & drag queen Tony Raye ("El Diablo's Presents Geno & Tony Raye For Emperor & Empress De San Diego");

-full page photograph of drag queen Tony Janne ("The International Brass Rail Is Proud to Introduce Tony Janne For Empress De San Diego");

-full page photograph of Eddie Storcz ("The International Brass Rail Is Proud to Introduce Eddie Storcz For Emperor De San Diego");

-full page advertisement for the Water Hole #3 in San Francisco (with seven male rear photos);

-full page advertisement for the American Continental Baths (with beefcake drawing, then at 5729 Cahuenga Boulevard in North Hollywood);

-delightful full page advertisement for "A Drapery Store Unlimited" (with male beefcake photo: "Undraped?");

-review of gay film "Erotikus: History of the Gay Movie" (with beefcake photo of Fred Halsted);

-review of gay film "ONE Adventure" filmed by Pat Rocco (with male beefcake group shot);

-full page announcement for the upcoming "1st Annual M.A.L.E. Carnival" sponsored by the Metropolitan Association for Legal Equity;

-full page advertisement for Goliath's, then at 7011 Melrose Avenue (with male beefcake illustration: "REX IS BACK MANAGING [the] BEST MALE DANCERS IN TOWN...THE GIANT IN MALE ENTERTAINMENT!");

-one third page ad for Ah Men fashion outlet (with three small photos, two of Colt model Dakota);

-much, much, much more.

 

 

Issue #42 of "Action Magazine" (November 1973) published out of Hollywood, California. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 56 pages including front and rear covers.

 

The issue features editorials, articles, social, gossip, and bar columns, humor, Hollywood and male film reviews, male beefcake art and photography, and drag and beefcake contest and coronation news. With vintage gay bar, nightclub, lounge, bathhouse, adult male theatre, fashion, and restaurant ads from gay businesses in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, many of them now closed. Highlights include:

 

-social, event, and bar columns throughout;

-cover photograph of hypnotist Steve Hyslop, then appearing at the Queen of Clubs;

-two page advertisement from the Hollywood Century Theatre, then showing the gay film "Nights in Black Leather" starring Peter Burian (with four male beefcake photos, two of Peter Burian);

-full page announcement from the American Continental Baths announcing the upcoming "National Chicken Day" ("Flee Your Coop and Join The Brood For Chicken Feed");

-splendid full page advertisement for the Hayloft at 11818 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City announcing their annual Toys For Tots event (with male beefcake artwork: "All [donations] For U.S. Marines TOYS FOR TOTS, Bring a Buck and a Toy");

-fabulous full page advertisement for the 49' R Showbar, then featuring male hunk - and male drag queen - Carol Williams (with eight photos of Carol Williams, in and out of drag);

-half page advertisement for the Vine Lodge (with male beefcake photo: "All Male Staff");

-full page announcement for the "Grand Opening of The Attick" (with photo: "Featuring Mary Etta & Gary Doing Their Pantomime of ELVIS");

-full page advertisement from the House Of Seven on Cahuenga (with artwork by Harold featuring two hunky cowboys);

-review of the Jaguar film "Nights in Black Leather" (with two photos, one of Peter Burian and one of Rick Jedin);

-article on female impersonator Bobbi Glen (with photo);

-full page announcement from C. C. Jones Enterprises presenting the Royale Crown Production of "The Moods of Bobbi Glen" (then appearing at the Cafe Del Rey Moro Supper Club in Balboa Park, San Diego);

-centerfold ad for the Las Palmas Adult Male Cinema (with splendid male beefcake drawing by artist Harold);

-full page advertisement for "Andy & Roger's 'Mineshaft'" located at 1720 E. Broadway in Long Beach (with male beefcake drawing);

-column "San Francisco Scene" by "The Good Fairy" (with four photos from J.B.'s House);

-full page advertisement for the Bunkhouse in Hollywood (with male beefcake art: "YA-HOO!!! YA-HOO!!! YA-HOO!!! YA-HOO!!! YA-HOO!!!");

-full page advertisement from the Hyperion Health Club (gay bathhouse, with Tom of Finland drawing);

-rear cover announcement for the upcoming "Superstar Olympics Nomination Night" at the Queen of Clubs (with male beefcake art; the bar was then featuring hypnotist Steve Hyslop);

-much, much, much more.

 

 

Now greatly expanded with drag and male beefcake photographs (the latter by San Francisco photographer and male escort service owner Eddie Van). Volume 2 #1 of "Action Magazine" (January 1974) A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 64 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-social, event, and bar columns throughout;

-splendid vintage advertisements (often with male beefcake illustrations or photos);

-cover photograph of male hunk from Eddie Van's male escort stable;

-six full page beefcake photographs, each featuring a hunk from Eddie Van's male escort stable;

-full page advertisement from The Boxcar (with male artwork by Harold);

-splendid fourteen-page section on the recently-held Empress IX De San Francisco Contest (with congratulatory ads and 26 photographs taken at the Contest; with large photograph of Her Imperial Majesty Frieda being crowned as Empress IX De San Francisco, all photos by Eddie Van);

-lengthy article on the Portland, Oregon Emperor and Empress Coronation [Royal Court] held on November 16, 1973 by Russ II, Emperor of San Francisco ("Portland is, indeed, the city that knows how");

-full page advertisement for the Aquarius (gay bathhouse, with male artwork: "The Private Now Generation Club");

-centerfold male beefcake photograph from Folsom Prison, San Francisco, presenting "Dean, our Bartender, Candidate for Mr. Kalendar";

-full page ad from the Naked Grape in San Francisco (with full page male beefcake photo of bartender Gary);

-one page photospread entitled "From the Files of the Good Fairy" (with ten drag, bar, and beefcake photos);

-full page ad from the Boot Camp ("Leather Bar of the West"; with full page male beefcake photo by Eddie Van);

-two photographs of the Polk Gulch Saloon (one taken of the front of the bar, one of the staff, both photos by Eddie Van);

-much, much, much more.

 

 

Volume 2 #3 of "Action Magazine" (March 1974) published out of Hollywood, California. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 64 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-social, event, and bar columns throughout;

-splendid vintage advertisements (often with male beefcake illustrations or photos);

-front cover of two hunky male actors by filmmaker Pat Rocco;

-six full page male beefcake photographs of actors from the films of Pat Rocco;

-full page photograph of Joe Adair, Inga-Maria Pinson, and Dean Shah-Kee in Pat Rocco's newsest gay film, "Two Way Drift";

-full page announcement for the upcoming 1974 Inaugural Ball ("Under the direction of His Sovereign Majesty, the Imperial Prince Douglas I");

-half page announcement "Bobbie Lee - Miss Hawthorne 1973-74 - Announces Her Candidacy For Empress II of South Bay" (with photo);

-quarter page ad for "Pat Rocco's Male Film Review Magazine" (with beefcake photo);

-full page ad from Cypress Baths (with male beefcake drawing);

-full page ad from the gay bathhouse "Cock of the Walk" in West Hollywood (with two male beefcake photos: "Come and GET US");

-full page ad for four adult bookstores with beefcake photo of Brian Idol (the Swingers Bookstore in Sherman Oaks; Western News in Hollywood; Paris Bookstore in West Hollywood; and the Book Bin in Silver Lake);

-rear cover advertisement from the Silver Saddle Spa (with male beefcake drawing: "Special Features: Rodeo Room, Bunk House, Waterin' Hole, Hiching Post, Open Range");

-much, much, much more.

 

 

Volume 2 #4 "Action Magazine" (April 1974) published out of Hollywood, California. Highlights include:

 

-social, event, and bar columns throughout;

-splendid vintage advertisements (often with male beefcake illustrations or photos);

-front cover photograph by Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild;

-full page advertisement from Mike's Corral in Long Beach (with male leather artwork);

-full page announcement for the Kingmasters 3rd Annual Night of Stars (with photo of David Miller by Hy Chase of In Touch Magazine);

-full page photograph of Veronica Va Voom from Pharoahs, then on Santa Monica Boulevard ("Thanks to Everyone Who Voted Me GODDESS OF POPULARITY 1974");

-three full page male beefcake photographs by the Athletic Model Guild;

-full page advertisement from the Gallery Inn Restaurant & Bar (with photo of two beefcake hunks, one of them Jim Cassidy);

-full page sponsorship from the Serpent Eight Club for Robert A. Cerra and Daisy Doan as Candidates for Emperor II and Empress II De San Fernando Valley (with photo);

-centerfold advertisement from Falcon's Lair on their 8th Anniversary (with artwork by Tom of Finland; "Starring The Mad Insane Dum Danny Clark");

-full page ad from the Stud, then at 4216 Melrose (with male beefcake photo);

-two photographs from San Diego's "Great Motorcycle Race";

-two photographs from the Long Beach bar "L'il Lucy's" (including one of owner Irv and his mother);

-rear cover ad from the Hyperion Health Club (with artwork by Tom of Finland);

-much, much, much more.

 

Volume 2 #5 of "Action Magazine" (May 1974) published out of Hollywood, California. A stapled Newsweek-size magazine printed on newsprint paper and containing 56 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Highlights include:

 

-social, event, and bar columns throughout;

-splendid vintage advertisements (often with male beefcake illustrations or photos);

-front cover photograph of male hunk (possibly by Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild);

-full page advertisement from The Saddle Club in Orange County ("Saddle Up Now");

-full page advertisement from the Athletic Model Guild (with numerous front covers of "Physique Pictorial" reproduced);

-three full page male beefcake photographs by the Athletic Model Guild (one of Ed Fury);

-full page "Recommendation List" of gay bars, restaurants, bathhouses, theatres, periodicals, services, and bookshops in Los Angeles and vicinity;

-centerfold advertisement from An Old Friend, then on Racquet Club Road in Palm Springs (with two male beefcake photos: "Lodging for Men");

-full page advertisement from Atlas Baths in San Diego (with small beefcake photo);

-short film review of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (with photo);

-full page promotional ad for Bruce Macy, Candidate for Emperor II De San Fernando Valley (with photo);

-half page advertisement from Lil' Lucy's (with beefcake photo of Jim Stryker: "Where the Beach Boys gather");

-half page advertisement from the Mayan Health Club in Berkeley ("A TEMPLE of DELIGHT Dedicated to the Worship of the Masculine Body");

-much, much, much more.

 

Itemization of Issues

 

#1 (April 1972, 40 pages) n #2 (May 1972, 48 pages) #3 (June 1972, 48 pages) #4 (June 1972, 48 pages) #5 (June 1972, 56 pages)

#7 (July 1972, 64 pages) #8 (July 1972, 64 pages) #9 (August 1972, 48 pages) #10 (August 1972, 64 pages) #11 (September 1972, 48 pages)

#12 (September 1972, 56 pages) #13 (October 1972, 56 pages) #14 (October 1972, 56 pages) #15 (October 1972, 56 pages)

#16 (November 1972, 64 pages) #17 (November 1972, 56 pages) #18 (December 1972, 48 pages) #19 (December 1972, 64 pages)

#20 (January 1973, 56 pages)#21 (January 1973, 56 pages #23 (February 1973, 56 pages) #24 (March 1973, 80 pages) #25 (March 1973, 72 pages)

#26 (April 1973, 80 pages) #27 (April 1973, 72 pages)# 28 (May 1973, 64 pages) #29 (May 1973, 64 pages) #30 (May 1973, 48 pages)

#31 (June 1973, 72 pages) #32 (July 1973, 64 pages) #33 (July 1973, 56 pages) #35 (July 1973, 64 pages) #36 (August 1973, 72 pages)

#37 (August 1973, 56 pages) #38 (September 1973, 64 pages) #39 (September 1973, 56 pages) #40 (October 1973, 64 pages) #41 (November 1973, 64 pages)

#42 (November 1973, 56 pages) Vol. 2 #1 (January 1974, 64 pages) Vol. 2 #2 (February 1974, 64 pages) Vol. 2 #3 (March 1974, 64 pages)

Vol. 2 #4 (April 1974, 48 pages) Vol. 2 #5 (May 1974, 56 pages) Now fold-over, tabloid large newspaper. Vol. 2 #6 (June 1974, 36 pages)

 

 

BARSPA

 

Issue #4 of the short-lived "BARSPA" (July 1978) published out of Hollywood, California. A newsprint magazine containing 48 pages including front and rear covers.

Containing gay bar news and history, articles, columns, vintage advertisements, illustrations, and several male beefcake photographs. Highlights include:

-front cover announcing the upcoming 1978 Christopher Street West Gay Pride Parade (with its theme that year, "No Gay Holocaust In U.S.A."; there are several congratulatory ads from various gay businesses throughout the issue);

-gay history article "CSW: Why The History And Purposes?" by Jim Kepner (pioneer gay activist, author, and archivist);

-article on the gay bar "Newport Station" in Costa Mesa, California (with five photos);

-article on the gay bar "Pink Elephant" in Santa Monica (with four photos);

-article "How It All Began!" by Morris Kight (on the history of the first gay pride parade along Hollywood Boulevard in 1970, with four photos);

-article "The Gym: Pumping Loads at the Gym" by Bill Sufleski (with three beefcake photos);

-two-page photospread of shirtless blond hunk "Jim" working out at the gym (with seven photos);

-full page advertisement for Mike's Corral in Long Beach (announcing the upcoming Corral Man Contest, with beefcake photo by Bruce of Los Angeles);

-article on the gay leather bar "The Spike" in West Hollywood (with five photos);

-vintage advertisements for Ripples (with full-color illustration); The Detour (with beefcake illustration); Midtowne Spa (with beefcake illustration); the Blue Parrot; many others;

 

 

CALIFORNIA SCENE

 

37 published issues of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "California Scene" (issued sporadically from 1970 through 1975) edited by Jeff Buckley and published by Sagittarius Publications out of Los Angeles, California. A high-quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine, twelve issues contain 36 pages, 10 issues contain 44 pages, and one issue contains 52 pages (all including front and rear covers).

 

A vintage social, bar, and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas. Contents and highlights include:

 

*movie and theatre reviews (Hollywood and gay-themed) packed with photographs ;

*book reviews (mainstream and gay pulp);

*calendar of events (separate ones for San Francisco and Los Angeles);

*travel articles ;

*regionalized maps of San Francisco and Los Angeles showing the locations of gay bars, restaurants, and bathhouses ;

*column by Larry Townsend ;

*photospreads galore on Los Angeles and San Francisco's drag shows and contests, pride parades, balls, gay bar shows ;

*Mae West interviewed ;

*gay pulp writer Dirk Vanden interviewed ;

*review of E.M. Forester's "Maurice" by Christopher Isherwood ;

*cover plate by Calafran Enterprises (first issue);

*cover art by Anthony - Tony - de Frange (issue #7);

*eight front cover photographs by Roy Dean ;

*three interior photospreads by Roy Dean ;

*vintage advertisements.

 

 

With splendid male cover art by Anthony (Tony) de Frange (of Robert Le Tourneaux from the film "Boys in the Band").

Issue #7 (July-August 1970) of "California Scene" edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 36, features include:

 

*column "San Francisco '70" by Jeff Buckley;

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with three photographs of the 1970 Gay Pride Parade held on Hollywood Boulevard);

*column "Curtain Up" (with a review of "Promises, Promises" then at The Ahmanson Theatre, with three photos);

*map of "Polkstrasse" - Polk Street in San Francisco ("The Gayest Street in San Francisco");

*column "Movie Call Review" by Christopher Erin (with reviews of "The Christine Jorgensen Story" and "Getting Straight," the latter film with two photographs of Elliot Gould and Candice Bergen);

*book reviews ("This Day's Death" by John Rechy; "Twin" by Andrew Blumley; "The Gay Ghouls" by Chet Roman; "Made with Clay" by Carl Driver; "Fire from Heaven" by Mary Renault; "Seventeen-69" by Peter Tuesday Hughes; "The Fairy King" by Larry Townsend);

*one-page profile of cover artist Anthony de Frange (with reproductions of two male paintings, and shot of artist outside his studio);

*gay bar, bathhouse, and restaurant events calendars for July in Los Angeles and San Francisco;

*column "Show Bars" by Bill Kane;

*fabulous vintage advertisements, including JJ Studio, Levi Clubs, the Wellington Club, The Shutters (featuring Al St. Claire), Ah Men, Signature Films' "Man and Man" ("The Most Important, Authentic Homosexual Film Of Our Time!" then showing at the Hollywood Avon and Los Angeles Park Theatres); others; *much more.

 

 

Issue #11 (December 1970-January 1971) of "California Scene" edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 44 pages , features include:

 

*column "San Francisco '70" by Jeff Buckley (with eight fabulous photographs from San Francisco's Beaux Arts Ball held on November 7, 1970, and three photographs from a SIR stage show);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl";

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with a review of "Remote Asylum," a new play by Mart Crowley, with photograph of Anne Francis, Ralph Williams, and William Shatner; a review of "Rosebloom" with two photographs from the play starring Carrie Snodgrass);

*book reviews ("Fadeout" by Joseph Hansen; "God Save the Queen" by Peter Randolph; "A Crocodile of Choirboys" by C.J. Bradbury; "2069+2" by Larry Townsend; "The Young Male Figure"; others);

*column "Movie Call Review" (with reviews of "Dorian Gray" starring Helmut Berger, with cover art and two interior photographs; "The Great White Hope" starring James Earl Jones, with three photographs; "There Was A Crooked Man" starring, among others, Michael Blodgett, with one photo; and two photos of Bjorn Andresen in "Death in Venice");

*column "Show Bars" by Bill Kane (with two photos);

*part two of article "Gay Organizations" by Mark Green (about the Gay Liberation Front's plan to "take over" Alpine County);

*sexual health column "When a Lad Needs a Doctor" by "Medic";

*Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*map of gay bars and bathhouses in Long Beach and Wilmington, California;

*article on the 1970 CMC Carnival (male beefcake contest) on Fremont Street near the Embarcadero in San Francisco (with five photos);

*fabulous vintage advertisements, including JJ Studio, The Hounds Tooth, Orpheum Circus, Ritch Street Health Club, The Roundup, Gold Street, The Wellington Club, the Hollywood Avon and Los Angeles Park Theatres, others; *much more.

 

 

With cover photograph of male model Bob Gentry by Roy Dean from his book "A Time In Eden" (there is a short profile inside about Roy Dean and Bob Gentry - "We hate to tell you he is straight" - along with six small photographs). August 1971 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 2 #6) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 36 pages, features include:

 

*column "San Francisco '71" by Jeff Buckley (with photograph of Tom from the Roundup, 1971 Groovy Guy contestant);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with six photographs from the 1971 Gay Pride Parade along Hollywood Boulevard);

*column "Curtain Up" (with photos from "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," "Candide," and "Mother Earth");

*column "Movie Call Review" (with reviews of "The Devils" starring Vanessa Redgrave and Oliver Reed, with three photos; "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie, with two photos; "Fortune and Men's Eyes" starring Michael Greer, with two photos; others);

*column "Show Bars" (with photographs from the "ALL-MEN-NETTS" show at the Orpheum Circus, San Francisco, "Royal Scandals" at the Covered Wagon, San Francisco, and The Turnabouts at San Digeo's Show Biz Club);

*book reviews ("Nine Easy Pieces" by Felix Lance Falkon; "Run, Little Leather Boy" by Larry Townsend; "Out of the Closet" by Michael A. Douglass; "The Other Party" by Peter Tuesday Hughes);

*August, 1971 Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*map of gay bars and bathhouses in San Diego, California;

*fabulous vintage advertisements; *much more.

 

 

September 1971 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 2 #7 - "Due to a wild staff outing over Labor Day this issue is late") edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 36 pages, features include:

 

*column "San Francisco '71" by Jeff Buckley (with five photos, including two from "San Francisco's wedding of the year" of Terry and Pat Montclaire at the reception at The 181 Club, and one of San Francisco Empress candidate Paul Bentley of The Ramrod shot at The Boot Camp);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with four photos from the 1971 Advocate Groovy Guy Contest held in North Hollywood: a group shot of the contestants, one of Master of Ceremonies Michael Greer, one of Groovy Guy winner Jimmy Hughes from The Hub in Los Angeles, and one of two male go-go dancers);

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with four photos);

*column "Movie Call Review" (with reviews of "The Love Machine" starring Dyan Cannon, David Hemmings, Jackie Cooper, Robert Walker, and John Philip Law, with three photos; "Klute" starring Jane Fonda, with one photo; "The Omega Man" starring Charlton Heston, with one photo; others);

*column "Show Bars" (with photos of Charles Pierce at Bimbo's and the Allan Lloyd show at The P.S. on Polk Street);

*book reviews (including "Pool Boy" from Parisian Press and "The Outward Side" by James Colton);

*August, 1971 Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*column "Travel Tips" by Bob Damron (this column on New Orleans);

*map of gay bars in Oakland, California;

*column "Footnotes & Essays" by Larry Townsend;

*fabulous vintage advertisements (including the Ritch Street Health Club, Le Salon, Rho-Delta Press, The Roundup, Boot Camp - "And visit The Cell Block in our back room", the Sewers of Paris Restaurant, Ah Men fashions, World Mailing Service featuring gay books and magazines, others);*much more.

 

 

 

With cover photograph of Lee, "modeling some of the items in the forthcoming catalogue from Leather 'N Things, San Francisco."

November-December 1971 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 2 #9 - "This issue is dedicated to San Francisco") edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 36 pages including front and rear covers., features include:

 

*column "San Francisco '71" by Jeff Buckley (with two photographs, one of San Francisco Supervisor Dianne Feinstein, and one of San Francisco Sheriff Richard Hongisto and Supervisor Robert Gonzales at the Beaux Arts Ball);

*30 fabulous photographs from San Francisco's 1971 Beaux Arts Ball;

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with two photos from the Empress Ball held on November 8);

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with four photos, including two from "Godspell");

*column "Movie Call Review" (with reviews and photographs from "The Go-Between," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Joe Hill," "The French Connection," "Man in the Wilderness," "T.R. Baskin," and "Catlow");

*column "Show Bars" (with eight fabulous photos from the SIR - Society for Individual Rights - Benefit Show, one beefcake shot from SIR's stage play "Madness '71," and one of Linda Sellers featured at The Page One);

*book reviews (including "The Sexual Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by J. Watson, "Robbie" by Carl Driver, and "Windows and Mirrors" by Douglas Dean);

*November 1971 Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*map of gay bars, bathhouses and bookstores in San Francisco's North Beach and North of Market Street areas;

*column "Footnotes & Essays" by Larry Townsend;

*fabulous vintage advertisements (including Le Salon, Colt Studio, Leather 'N Things, Brawn Products, Library Services, Ah Men fashions, Dave's Private Bath Club, others); *much more.

 

 

Fabulous, rich in content. With articles by Christopher Isherwood, Larry Townsend, and Bob Damron, among others.January 1972 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 3 #1) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 52 pages including front and rear covers.

A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*column "San Francisco '72" by Jeff Buckley (on Polk Street, with photo of Lorelei with Princess Kerry and Lord Dick during Lorelei's campaign for Empress 1972);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with seven photographs from the 1971-72 Stud West Contest held at The Redwood Room, Cal Coburn was master of ceremonies and Brandy Lee entertained);

*column "Curtain Up" by David Hellinger and Charles McAllister (with five photos from various stage productions, including one of Cab Calloway and another of Kim Hunter, Julie Harris, and DeeAnn Mears in "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little");

*column "Movie Call Review" by David Hellinger and Charles McAllister (with 13 photographs);

*column "Show Bars" by Bill Kane (with eleven photographs including two of Jim Bailey);

*book review of "Maurice" by E. M. Forster by Christopher Isherwood;

*column "Travel Tips" by Bob Damron (this time focusing on gay life in Nevada);

*short story "Madder Music" by Douglas Dean;

*"Rover's Column" with five beefcake and bar photographs;

*full-page gay calendar "January in California";

*gay bar and bath map for Long Beach;

*column "Footnotes & Essays" by Larry Townsend;

*column "When a Lad Needs a Doctor" by "Medic";

*fabulous photospread with eleven photos taken at various drag events;

*classifieds; vintage advertisments.

 

 

April 1972 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 3 #3) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 44 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*full-page advertisement, with photos, of Roy Dean's book of photography "Before the Hand of Man" from Rho Delta Press;

*full-page advertisement, with photo, of The Club Turkish Baths at 132 Turk Street in San Francisco;

*column "San Francisco '72" by Jeff Buckley (with nine fabulous photos of the coronation of the Czarina of the Peninsula);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with a photo of then Los Angeles District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi at the HELP Tavern Guild luncheon);

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with ten photos, including two photos from "The Dirtiest Show in Town" then playing at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, and one photo of Richard Chamberlain and Jack Ryland in Shakespeare's "Richard II");

*column "Movie Call Review" (with reviews and photographs from "What's Up Doc?", "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis," "The Frogs," Marlon Brando in "The Godfather," and Anne Heywood in the transsexual film "I Want What I Want");

*column "Show Bars" (with eight fabulous photos, including Tommy Almon in The Lori Shannon Show at The Country Club, Jim Bailey as Peggy Lee, Charles Pierce and Glenn Elliott at The Playhouse, North Hollywood);

*book reviews (including "Obsession" by George Haym, "Graffiti" by Peter Tuesday Hughes, and "One for the Gods" by Gordon Merrick);

*column "Travel Tips" by Bob Damron (this column on Dallas-Fort Worth);

*April 1972 Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*column "Footnotes & Essays" by Larry Townsend;

*fabulous vintage advertisements (including Le Salon, Leather 'N Things, Wakefield Poole's "Boys in the Sand," Hans-Off - "Northern California's only Nude Go-Go Dancers," That Look Men's Fashions, others); *much more.

 

 

With a splendid cover photograph of "David" from Roy Dean's book of photography "Before the Hand of Man." June-July 1972 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 3 #5) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 36 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*full-page photo advertisement from the Folsom Street Barracks in San Francisco;

*1/3 page advertisement for The Baths on 21st Street ("Look for us behind the trees between Mission & Valencia...Buddy Night - Tuesdays 4pm - 12mn, 2 for $4.00");

*nine fabulous photos from the 1972 Empress of Long Beach Ball, including one of singer Troy Walker performing;

*column "San Francisco '72" by Jeff Buckley (with photo of Thom, California Scene's Groovy Guy contestant for 1972, and two photos from the 1972 San Francisco Gay Pride Parade);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with two photos from the 1972 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade along Hollywood Boulevard);

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with photos from "No, No, Nanette" with June Allyson and Judy Canova; "Old Times" with Faye Dunaway);

*film review column "Movietime" (with reviews and photographs from "Fuzz," "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," "Hammersmith is Out," "Play It Again Sam," "Portnoy's Complaint," "Skyjacked," and "The Candidate");

*column "Show Bars" (with six fabulous photos, including one of Jim Bailey and one of Monti Rock III);

*book reviews (the "Bob Damron Address Book" and "Hedda [Hopper] and Louella [Parsons]");

*July 1972 Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*column "Footnotes & Essays" by Larry Townsend;

*fabulous vintage advertisements (including Le Salon, Ah Men [with shots of Jim Cassidy and Dakota], Ritch Street Health Club, Uwe Brandner's film "I Love You, I Kill You" then at the Paris Theatre in West Hollywood, Brawn Products, others); *much more.

 

 

With splendid cover photograph of unidentified male model from the Kirby Sires Studio in Hollywood.October-November 1972 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 3 #7) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 36 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*rear cover advertisement from the "Happy Chip Redemption Centers" featuring a photograph of "Denny" (taken by the Eddie Van Guild, Denny was also a Rip Colt Studio model);

*fabulous two-page photospread containing 20 shots from the Empress of San Francisco Ball held at California Hall on Polk Street;

*column "San Francisco '72" by Jeff Buckley;

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with eight photos from the Empress/Emperor Ball sponsored by Cal Coburn and Entertainment West, including a shot of singer Troy Walker with David Hodgson, Data Boy's emperor contestant);

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with photos from "Hello, Dolly!", "Henry IV," and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue");

*film review column "Movietime" (with reviews and photographs from "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex," "Savage Messiah," "The Ruling Class," "Deliverance," and "Kansas City Bomber");

*column "Show Bars" (with twelve fabulous photos, including three of Craig Russell, and three of John Rothermel [then performing at San Francisco's Gold Coast]);

*book reviews ("Boy on the Loose" by Douglas Dean; "On [George] Cukor" by Gavin Lambert; and "Otoko - Photo Studies of the Young Japanese Male" by Tamatsu Yato);

*November 1972 Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*fabulous vintage advertisements (the CMC Carnival at Seamen's Hall in San Francisco, The Pub in Santa Barbara, Hans-Off, Ah Men, Le Salon, the Levi Club, others); *much more.

 

 

With splendid cover photograph of male model Tom Holland from the 1973 Son/Burn Galleries Calendar; a short bio inside indicates that "This attractive native of Ohio has worked as a lifeguard and gym instructor. After graduating from college he came West and since then has been a partner on a small working ranch in the Sierra foothills. He visits Los Angeles monthly where he is a familiar figure at places such as the Outcast, the 1170 and the Bunkhouse - where several photo-studies of him grace the walls."December 1972-January 1973 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 3 #8) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 44 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*full-page advertisement for Dick Martin's all-male gay film "Roundabouts" then showing at the Las Palmas (Los Angeles), Laurel (San Francisco), Newberry (Chicago), Sultan's Lavender Cinema (Seattle), and Mini-Park (Houston) theatres;

*column "San Francisco '72" by Jeff Buckley (with shot of a go-go dancer at San Francisco's Gaslight, and five shots of candidates for the upcoming Empress of San Francisco);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl";

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with photos from "The Crucible" and "Henry IV");

*film review column "Movietime" (with reviews of "A Separate Peace," "Lady Sings the Blues," "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SEX," "A Deep Compassion [Jaguar Productions]" "That Certain Summer," and Andy Warhol's "Heat"; with photos from "A Separate Peace," "Roma," "Young Winston," "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie," "Alice in Wonderland," "The Great Waltz," "A Deep Compassion," and "Lady Sings the Blues" - there is also a shot of Stoner and Cable from the Wakefield Poole film "Bijou");

*column "Show Bars" (with seven photos);

*"Rover's Column" (with six beefcake photos from the 1972 male leather CMC Carnival);

*book reviews ("The Lord Is My Shepherd And He Knows I'm Gay" by the Reverend Troy Perry; "The Light from the Second Story Window" by David Allen; "The War Lovers" by Carl Driver; others);

*December 1972-January 1973 Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*full-page map of San Francisco's Polk Street;

*fabulous vintage advertisements (Douglas Dean's "Gay Mexico '73-'74"; Eddie Van Photography; the Wild Goose in San Francisco; ad for the upcoming Camelot Ball [with M/C Billy Carroll and singer Troy Walker]; the Outcast in Los Angeles; Glen's Turkish Baths; others); *much more.

 

 

With splendid cover photograph of male model Adam Stuart from Roy Dean's forthcoming book of photography "The Naked Image."

April-May 1973 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 4 #2) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 44 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*full-page advertisement for David Allen's "The Light From the Second Story Window" from Jaguar Productions and starring David Allen, Ray Todd, Jim Cassidy, and Joey Daniels;

*column "San Francisco '73" (with photo of the lobby at Big Town at 115 Harriet Street, off Folsom at 6th, along with an advertisement on the facing page);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with seven photos);

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with six photos);

*film review column "Movietime" (with eight photos, including Ray Todd in "The Light From the Second Story Window" and a shirtless Ryan O'Neal in "The Thief Who Came to Dinner");

*column "Show Bars" (with six photos, including one of recording artist Vince Valenti at San Francisco's PS, and one of a hunky go-go dancer at Ruby's in Oakland);

*‚ÄĚRover's Column" (with a photo of the TV monitor screen in The Ramrod so customers can watch their bikes parked outside);

*book reviews ("1973 Swingers OverSeas Gay Guide"; "Spartacus International Guide"; "Advocate's Barfly Guide"; others);

*May 1973 Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*full-page map of gay bars, businesses and bathhouses in the Wilshire, Los Feliz, Silverlake and Downtown districts of Los Angeles;

*fabulous vintage advertisements (Silverlake's Toy Tiger; Leather by Leather; The Roundup; The No Name Bar; The 2nd Annual Mint Memorial Day Tricycle Race sponsored by The Mint Restaurant on Market Street in San Francisco; others);*much more.

 

 

With splendid cover photograph of male model Jean Claude taken by photographer Roy Dean; inside is a short article and two-page spread entitled "More Photographic Art of Roy Dean" with photo of Roy Dean and five photos of his models. Winter 1973-74 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 4 #5, December 1973-February 1974) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine now with non-glossy internal pages containing 44 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*full-page advertisement for Midtowne Spa at 615 South Kohler Street in Los Angeles;

*full-page advertisement for the Golden Gate Health Club featuring Ledermeister of Colt Studio fame;

*two-page photospread containing 22 shots from the Coronation of Frieda, 9th Empress of San Francisco, held on January 5, 1974 (including entertainer Busty O'Shea, songwriter Anne Carr, entertainer Lee Garland, Tijuana Momma and Lady Francesca from LA's Crown Jewel);

*column "San Francisco '74" (with three photos, including one of "Jesus Christ Satan" [a candidate for various offices] and one of the behind-the-bar mural by Noel at Folsom Street Prison);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl";

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with two photos);

*film review column "Movietime" (with ten photos, including two shots from "The Laughing Policeman" starring Bruce Dern taken in The Frolic and The Ramrod);

*column "Show Bars" (with three photos, including one of John Gooch playing at The PS piano bar, and one of Jeff Steffen at The Red Lantern);

*"Rover's Column" (with four photos from the 1973 gay leather CMC Carnival held at Seaman's Hall);

*book reviews ("Which Way Do You Go?" by Malcolm Warren; "Bike Fever" by Lee Gutkind, with his photo; others);

*Winter Calendar of Events for San Francisco and Los Angeles;

*full-page map of gay bars, businesses and bathhouses along Polk Street in San Francisco;

*article "Why San Francisco?" by Bill Plath (with two photographs, one of Bill Plath as Queen Victoria at a Tavern Guild Ball, and one from the 1973 Gay Day Parade);

*fabulous vintage advertisements (Sierra Domino, the Fickle Fox, Ramon, Brawn Products, Mike's Corral, Folsom Prison, The Mind Shaft, The Endup, Febe's, others) *much more.

 

 

With splendid cover photograph of male model Jerry Clarke from the Roy Dean Collection. Summer 1974 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 5 #1, March-June 1974) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine now with non-glossy internal pages containing 44 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*full-page advertisement for the Hyperion Baths, Continental Baths, and Young Men's Athletic Club in Los Angeles;

*2/3 page advertisement for Wakefield Poole's "Bible!";

*one-page photospread entitled "The Male Body" with four photos: Yukio Mishima by Tamotsu Yato; Wayne Williams by Blue Graphics Studio; Mike Ryan by Roy Dean; and Ron Egan, coverman of Roy Dean's "The Naked Image."

*column "San Francisco '74" (with seven photos of various places and events);

*full-page photospread entitled "The Social Swing" (with 11 photos, including Bob of Compass as Kubla Khan with two hunky slaves, Jeff and Chuck, at the Queen of Hearts Pageant held at the Proud Bird near the L.A. Airport);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with three shots, one of Arnell Larsen's portrait of Jason, then hanging at The Outcast, and two of the interior of California's largest leather shop, Leather by Leather in Hollywood);

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with three photos, one of Tim Curry, Kim Milford, and Boni Enten from "The Rocky Horror Show");

*film review column "Movie Time" (with five photos, including one of Lee Dunning in the new Jack Deveau film "Drive"; one of Brahm Van Zettin as Samson in Wakefield Poole's "Bible" then showing at the Paris Theatre, West Hollywood; one of Claire Wilbur and Carl Parker in the bi-sexual film "Score");

*column "Show Bars" (with write-up of Charles Pierce and Sally Rand at the Music Center Pavilion on April 6, 1974);

*"Rover's Column" (with six photos from the 1974 Club Academy Awards in San Francisco);

*book reviews ("The Best Little Boy in the World" by John Reid; "The Altar of Eros" by Frazer Ross; others);

*article "Politics & You: Why the Democratic Party?" by Larry Townsend (with photograph of Larry Townsend and Vince Bugliosi);

*full-page map of gay bars, businesses and bathhouses in East Hollywood;

*fabulous vintage advertisements;*much more.

 

 

With cover photograph of male model Ken Leetzow with short inside bio: "Ken Leetzow is 29 and was born in Northern California. Majoring in college in business management, he regards San Francisco as his hometown but he enjoys traveling and hopes to set out on a world tour soon. Last winter he won the Mr. Carnival title at the CMC Carnival. This spring he gained the further accolade of Mr. Gay California. Ken is currently on the staff of The Badlands in the Castro Village."Fall 1974 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 5 #2, July-November 1974) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine now with non-glossy internal pages containing 44 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

 

*full-page photograph of Yukio Mishima from the photography book "Young Samurai: Bodybuilders of Japan";

*two-page photospread entitled "The Male Form" (with six photos by Roy Dean; one of "Dean" by the Athletic Model Guild ["a familiar and striking face around the Hollywood bar scene. His most recent film was Pat Rocco's "Two Way Drift"]; and Morgan Prince from Sierra Domino Studio);

*article "The [Los Angeles] Advocate: The World's Biggest Gay Publication" (with two photos);

*five photos entitled "The Emperors of San Francisco" (including one tombstone shot of the original Emperor of San Francisco at Woodlawn Cemetery, Emperor Norton, "an eccentric Englishman, [who] was so much a part of [the] city's brawling early years that his homemade currency was accepted by merchants and saloons");

*column "San Francisco '74";

*two-page photospread "Summer and Fall Scenes in San Francisco" (with 16 photos of various places and events, including one of Dick Gersbach, San Francisco Tavern Guild President for 1974-75; one of Bob Cramer, the new Emperor of San Francisco; one of Bill Tolan, winner of that year's Mr. Cowboy Contest; Kenneth Anger at the Sheraton-Palace where he sponsored an Art Deco Show and Film Festival; others);

*column "The Southland Scene" by "Night Owl" (with four photos);

*theatre column "Curtain Up" (with photo of Larry Kert and Robert Morse as Josephine and Daphne in "Sugar" then at San Francisco's Curran Theatre);

*film review column "Movie Time" (with three photos, including one of Alex Devron and Barry Case in "The Portrait of Dorian Gay");

*column "Show Bars" (with two photos);

*"Rover's Column" (on recent gay club and bike events);

*"Mother Goddam" by Witney Stine (on Bette Davis) reviewed by Charles Pierce;

*full-page map of gay bars, businesses and bathhouses in San Francisco's Castro Village and Upper Market Street;

*fabulous vintage advertisements (Le Salon, Xanadu Theatre, Bunkhouse Hotel, Folsom Prison, Sierra Domino, Mr. Ballmor, Robert Payne, Ah Men, Woody's Hyperion, That Look, others);*much more.

 

 

Next to last published issue.With a splendid cover photograph of hunky model Bill Jolly, who (from the inside bio with two additional photos) "at twenty-two, is looking forward to a career in acting and modeling. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, where he was active with the Hartford Drama Club in such shows as 'Oliver,' 'Camelot,' and 'The Boy Friend.' Later he played in New York in the David Young revival of 'Kiss Me Kate.' He also graduated from New York U. with a degree in science. Since arriving in San Francisco a year ago, Bill has been in the Mr. Acme Beer contest and is one of the handsome people who work at the posh Elephant Walk in Castro Village. A swimmer and gymnast, he enjoys all the great indoor and outdoor amenities of San Francisco and the beautiful Bay Area."

 

Summer 1975 issue of "California Scene" (Volume 6 #1, December 1974-July 1975) edited by Jeff Buckley and published out of Los Angeles, California by Sagittarius Publications. A quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine now with non-glossy internal pages containing 44 pages including front and rear covers. A vintage social, bar and entertainment magazine for gay men in the southern California and San Francisco areas, features include:

*one-page photospread entitled "Homosexart San Francisco" (with drawings and paintings by Castro Village artist Jackson; San Francisco artist Chuck Arnett; the large Carmen Miranda mural by Rabazz at La Cucaracha restaurant; part of the mural by Glenn entitled 'Snowflake' hanging at the Ramrod; a pen and ink drawing from the 1973 edition of 'Erotic Drawings' by Chuck Arnett; a stylized bar scene painted for Folsom Prison by Puerto Rican artist Noel Hernandez; and a Chuck Arnett painting done in 1970 for the old Toolbox, now hanging at the Ambush);

*two page photospread entitled "Roy Dean's Men" (with five photos);

*column "San Francisco '75" by Monitor (with 15 photos of various places and events, including Sweetlips [Dick] of the Kokpit; Bill Beardemphl, editor of the San Francisco Sentinal, and supervisorial candidate and gay frontrunner Harvey Milk at his shop on Castro Street [the photo is mis-identified as "5"; it is actually photo number "3"]; Hal Call of the Mattachine Society and owner of Pan-Graphic Press; Bob Damron and longtime friend Pat MacAdams; others);

*column "Movie Time" (with four photos, including Burt Edouards in the Wakefield Poole trilogy "Moving");

*column "On Stage" (with five photos);

*column "Southland Scene" by Night Owl (with eight photos, including one of Buddy and Matthew of Glendale, and a group shot of the hunky contestants at the recent Mr. Detour contest held in Hollywood);

*Travel column by Frank Davies (on gay hotels in Puerto Rico);

*vintage advertisements (including a full-page ad for The Mind Shaft; full-page ad for Bob Damron's 1976 Address Book; Orlando Baths; The Pleasure Chest; Griffin International; Sierra Domino; others);

*much more.

 

 

Itemization:

 

1970 Vol. 1 #1 (January) Vol. 1 #2 (February) Vol. 1 #3 (March) Vol. 1 #6 (June) Vol. 1 #7 (July-August) Vol. 1 #11 (December 1970 - January 1971)

 

1971 Vol. 2 #1 (February) Vol. 2 #6 (August) Vol. 2 #7 (September) Vol. 2 #8 (October) Vol. 2 #9 (November-December)

 

1972 Vol. 3 #1 (January) Vol. 3 #3 (April) Vol. 3 #5 (June-July) Vol. 3 #7 (October-November) Vol. 3 #8 (December 1972 -January 1973)

 

1973 ..Vol. 4 #2 (April-May) Vol. 4 #3 (June-July) Vol. 4 #5 (December 1973 - February 1974)

 

1974 Vol. 5 #1 (March-June) Vol. 5 #2 (July-November)

 

1975 Vol. 6 #1 (December 1974 - July 1975) Vol. 6 #2 (July 1975 - January 1976, probable last issue)

 

 

 

CAPS NEWSLETTER

 

"CAPS NEWSLETTER" (Issue #1, January 1968) published by the California Association of Private Societies, an early and very short-lived homophile organization founded in October, 1967 for the purpose of providing "social endeavors, legal defense fund, bail bond service, legal rights guidance, general counseling, and book and photo service." Edited by Jerry Joachim, Sam Winston, and Jim Kepner (from ONE, Inc.), the newsletter is eight pages in length not including three inserts (please see description below).

 

Contents include: three page history of the newly-founded organization and services provided; a report on their first social event called the "Stardip Hop" held at the CAPS Ranch on December 20, 1967 ("located only 40 short minutes away from downtown Los Angeles, yet lies in a secluded mountain area, safe from neighbors and close to nature"); announcement of "Stardip Hop No. Two" to be held at the CAPS Ranch on January 20, 1968; "News From the Local Scene."

In addition, there are three inserts to this newsletter: 1) Application for Membership; 2) a "Stardip Hop No. 2" Order Blank; and 3) a Questionnaire for members who plan to attend CAPS' social events, most with "Yes" or "No" answers (i.e. "I will plan to attend the CAPS ranch parties in the future"; "I enjoy having go-go dancers"; "I drink the following of the selection offered: Beer, Bourbon & Seven, Bourbon & Water, Bourbon & Coke, Vodka Seven, Vodka-Rocks"; "The bunk house retreat hour is more important than the other aspects of the ranch party" etc.).

This tiny organization did not last more than a few months, and this, their first newsletter, may have been the only one issued. Long forgotten, and exceptionally, exceptionally rare.

 

"CONCERN:

Newsletter of the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile"

 

Premiere issue of the homophile publication "CONCERN: Newsletter of the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile" (Issue #1, July 1966) edited by pioneer homophile activist and writer Jim Kepner of ONE, Inc., and published sporadically by the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile (SCCRH) out of Los Angeles, California. Only nine issue numbers were published. A stapled Newsweek-size newsletter/magazine containing ten pages including front and rear covers.Contents are as follows:

 

-Statement of General Purposes (from the SCCRH Articles of Incorporation);

-history of the organization (see text below);

-meeting announcements, news on SCCRH's orientation program, list of committees, gay books bibliography;

-short article "Homosexual - or Homophile?";

-article "Odyssey" ("At the June 8 meeting of the SCCRH, Council co-chairman W. Dorr Legg briefly reported his impressions of some current religious developments in the United States and in Europe as seen during a five-week trip from which he had just returned. He stated his belief that the Southern California Council and the Council on Religion and the Homosexual of San Francisco were as of that date the only two formally incorporated such organizations existing anywhere"); and

-local, national and international homophile news (compiled by Jim Kepner).

 

Background History of San Francisco's Council on Religion and the Homophile from Issue #5, briefly excerpted:

 

"The Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile, an independent offshoot of the San Francisco C.R.H., is made up of Methodist, United Church of Christ, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran and other ministers, and of persons associated with local homophile organizations and publications. The C.R.H. is committed to opening avenues of communication and understanding between churchmen and homophiles, and to finding ways to deal with public misunderstanding and mistreatment of homophiles...

 

"Four years ago, leaders of several San Francisco homophile groups approached police officials in that city in hopes of eliminating police harassment of the homosexual community. The police replied that they were themselves under pressure from various elements in the community to enforce conventional moral standards. The police could only negotiate with homophile leaders, they said, if those leaders could first get a bit of sympathy and support from the church...

 

"Letters were promptly addressed to various Church bodies in the Bay Area. A few ministers came around to see just what the homophiles' problems were, and how, if possible, the Church might help. In March, 1964, the Council on Religion and the Homosexual was established there. It has since played a leading role in helping to expand public understanding of homosexuality, and also in guiding the efforts of homophiles to develop their own organizational structures..."

 

 

Background History of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Council on Religion and the Homophile from Issue #1, briefly excerpted:

 

"On June 1, 1965, at the invitation of the Council on Religion and the Homosexual of San Francisco, twenty persons met in the Westchester YMCA for an all-day session. Approximately half were from San Francisco and half from Los Angeles, the number of clergymen and representatives of homophile organizations also being in the same proportion...

 

"During the morning, the Rev. Ted McIlvenna of San Francisco discussed the broad social changes now affecting all levels of American Society, pointing out that in consequence, a 'sexual revolution' was forcing the churches to reexamine their traditional attitudes toward all sexual matters, including male and female homosexuality...

 

"After lunch, Donald Lucas of the Mattachine Society of San Francisco described the origin of the Council there and its operations...an ad hoc committee, composed of the Revs. Alex Smith and Ron Ohlson, as well as Sten Russell of the Daughters of Bilitis and W. Dorr Legg of ONE, Inc., was chosen to arrange for the next meeting..."

 

 

 

Second issue of the homophile publication "CONCERN: Newsletter of the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile" (Issue #2, September 1966) edited by pioneer homophile activist and writer Jim Kepner of ONE, Inc., and published sporadically by the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile (SCCRH) out of Los Angeles, California. Only nine issue numbers were ever published. A stapled Newsweek-size newsletter containing six pages including front and rear covers. Contents are as follows:

 

-Statement of General Purposes (from the SCCRH Articles of Incorporation);

-article "An Area for Christian Concern" by "jlk" (Jim Kepner: "At least three million American men - perhaps as many as ten million - and half that many women, find their love-impulses directed toward persons of their own sex. Such estimates of the extent of homosexuality in America, as in most societies, past and present, are attested to by all experts in the field");

-meeting announcement;

-news on SCCRH's orientation program (on an upcoming weekend retreat near Yucaipa, California);

-article "New Trends in the Church" by the Rev. Marjorie Likins, Ph.D.; and

-article "The Homophile Movement in Southern California" by Jim Kepner (an excellent historical overview of homophile organizations ONE, Inc.; the Daughters of Bilitis; the Circle of Loving Companions; the National League for Social Understanding; PRIDE).

 

 

Fourth issue of the homophile publication "CONCERN: Newsletter of the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile" (Issue #4, January 1967) edited by pioneer homophile activist and writer Jim Kepner of ONE, Inc., and published sporadically by the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile (SCCRH) out of Los Angeles, California. Only nine issue numbers were ever published. A stapled Newsweek-size newsletter containing four pages including front and rear covers. Contents are as follows:

 

-Statement of General Purposes (from the SCCRH Articles of Incorporation);

-list of meeting dates, times and places through June 8, 1967;

-article "The Life of the Lesbian" (no author indicated: "A great many people regard homosexuality as an all-male affair. This view derives partly from the fact that ours is a male-dominated society that sometimes doesn't seem to care what women do, just so they don't do it with the wrong men, and partly from a misunderstanding of the derivation of the word homosexual");

-article on the infamous 1966 New Year's Eve raid of the Black Cat, a gay bar in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, by a dozen plainclothes vice officers ("Four or five of the male customers were 'in drag.' At midnight, after the custom for that time of the year, there was some kissing among the patrons, whereupon the police took sudden and drastic action. Without identifying themselves, the officers first began to tear down the Christmas decorations, and then began to manhandle patrons and employees alike. Sixteen persons were dragged outside and forced to lie down on the sidewalk until five squad cars arrived to take them away...One bartender was so severely beaten - as also were many of the patrons, including some not arrested - as to suffer two broken ribs and a ruptured spleen, which later had to be removed"); and

-book review ("The Homosexual and His Society" by Donald Webster Cory and John P. Leroy).

 

 

Fifth issue of the homophile publication "CONCERN: Newsletter of the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile" (Issue #5, February 1967) edited by pioneer homophile activist and writer Jim Kepner of ONE, Inc., and published sporadically by the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile (SCCRH) out of Los Angeles, California. Only nine issue numbers were ever published. A stapled Newsweek-size newsletter containing eight pages including front and rear covers.Contents are as follows:

 

-lengthy article "What is the C.R.H.?" by Jim Kepner (see excerpt below);

-article "What of the homosexual?: a Minister's concern" by the Rev. Alex Smith (Chairman of the SCCRH);

-lengthy article and call-to-action "PROTEST POLICE BRUTALITY!" by Jim Kepner (with photo: "'Concern #4' described an unusually brutal police raid on two 'gay' bars that occurred New Years' Eve. In the interim, we've spent several tense days in court while six vice squad officers worked to convince a jury of four men and eight women that seven of the defendants had exchanged kisses at midnight on New Years' Eve. The defendants and several supporting witnesses claimed that police, in sports clothes, had not identified themselves as officers, had dragged two of the defendants - bartenders - across the bar onto the floor, and had injured several defendants. The courts steadily maintained that this was not relevant to the case, limiting defense questions to whether the kissing had taken place, how the officers were dressed, and whether kissing constituted wilfully lewd and dissolute behavior, in a public place, under the statute...PRIDE, the newest and sometimes rashest of L.A. homophile groups, has organized a street-corner rally, at the corner of Sunset + Hyperion, Sat., Feb. 11th at 9:00 P.M. Over 10,000 leaflets distributed at more than seventy locations around town have met with a strong reception. This is a protest against arbitrary arrests, against illegal search and seizure, against police perjury in the courts, against abuse of our rights and dignity.");

 

 

 

Eighth issue of the homophile publication "CONCERN: Newsletter of the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile" (Issue #8, June 1968) edited by pioneer homophile activist and writer Jim Kepner of ONE, Inc. (this issue was "guest-edited" by W. Dorr Legg, co-chairman of SCCRH), and published sporadically by the Southern California Council on Religion and the Homophile (SCCRH) out of Los Angeles, California. Only nine issue numbers were ever published. A non-stapled Newsweek-size newsletter containing eight pages including front and rear covers.

 

This issue is exclusively devoted to a lengthy article from a lecture entitled "Sex, Morality & Happiness" by Antony Grey, then Secretary of the Albany Trust and of the Homosexual Law Reform Society, both in London, England. This is the text of the lecture that Mr. Grey gave at a speaking engagement sponsored by the SCCRH on November 6, 1967 at the First Methodist Church in Los Angeles. He was introduced by the Reverend Alex Smith, Chairman of the SCCRH. This same lecture was also presented by Mr. Grey at the Glide Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco under the joint auspices of the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, the Daughters of Bilitis, the Mattachine Society, the Society for Individual Rights, and the Tavern Guild. Mr. Grey also delivered this lecture while visiting Chicago at the Church of Our Savior (Episcopal) under the auspices of ONE of Chicago, and in New York at the Ethical Culture Society Auditorium under the auspices of the Erickson Educational Foundation and ONE of New York.

 

Topics of this address include: "Positive Aspects of a Moral Code"; "Is It Christian to Condemn Homosexuals?"; "Understanding the Homosexual"; and "Counseling the Homosexual."

 

 

 

"Data-Boy"

 

Volume 2 #18 of the long-defunct "Data-Boy" (June 23, 1971) published out of Los Angeles. A newsprint magazine containing 32 pages including front and rear covers.

Founded in 1970, without question the finest and most comprehensive gay bar publication ever issued in California. Containing bar news, reviews, social and gossip columns, drag news and events, and vintage advertisements. Highlights include:

-cover photograph of Ray Sanchez ("opens his DUDE CITY July 2nd"; with half page article on this new gay bar on North Highland in Los Angeles);

-full page advertisement for Pier XII North in Santa Monica (with male beefcake drawing);

-full page advertisement for the Glass Onion and their upcoming event "Great Date Game!" ("Date Game Rules: You must be 21 years old to enter. Entrant must register at The Glass Onion on Mondays or Tuesdays. Winner must take advantage of date within one week of winning!");

-full page announcement for the upcoming "Summer Cotillion: A National Female Impersonators' Contest & Ball" (with accompanying article);

-gossip column "Nasty Nan" ("Well, all my new fans, here I sit typing away like a screaming performer. Speaking of performers, I hear that a certain few got into a little scuffle with gun shots and the whole bit this past Sunday night! Relax, Saul, if you don't know that is your problem!!! My next door neighbor has another trick - all the way from Long Beach too!");

-full page advertisement for the Caribbean Room in Long Beach ("Why Go To Paris - When You Can Be Gay At The Caribbean Room");

-full page advertisement for the Westwind ("The New Beach Un-Club On The Beach At Venice - Groovy Crowd!");

-full page advertisement for the Grand Opening of The Attic ("She's Here! Tessie Trueheart");

-social and bar column "I Can't Stand Anymore" by Utah Lou;

-column "Nickelodeon Patter" ("I want to tell you of a trip that a close friend took the other weekend. He set out down on the Santa Ana Freeway, and about fifteen miles for the fair country of Disneyland, he popped a little square piece of blotting paper in his mouth and chewed for a moment or two");

-half page ad for C'est La Vie (with photo of drag star Jamie Jans - "Put a Swish in your drink! Have it served to you by Jamie Jans");

-review of the Pat Rocco SPREE stage production of "Who's Afraid of 2069";

-full page announcement for the upcoming 1971 Maggie Awards presented by Cal Coburn (with photograph of the International Ballroom on Century Boulevard where it was held);

 

 

Entertainment West: Where, When and What's Happening!

 

issue #17 of "Entertainment West" (September 16, 1970). A Newsweek-size, newsprint magazine containing 32 pages including front and rear covers.

A bar, social, and entertainment publication for Los Angeles gay men, with news, events, gossip, vintage advertisements and a few photographs. Highlights include:

-cover photo of Rocky Marks in the SPREE (Pat Rocco) stage production of "Myra Breckinbitch";

-full-page advertisement for the Redwood Room ("Presents 'New Faces of '70 - Starring [drag queens] Jamie Jans, Dee Dee Angeles, Toni Desmond, and Judy Lynn, each with photo);

-double-page advertisement for Cinemateque 16 Theatre and its upcoming program entitled "Pat Rocco Dares" (with full-page photo of Voldemar and Greg Lion);

-splendid double-page advertisement for the famous Park and Avon gay male theatres listing upcoming gay films (with five male beefcake photos);

 

#40 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West: Where, When and What's Happening!" (September 15-28, 1971) published out of Los Angeles. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 16 large newsprint pages.

 

Predominately a bar, entertainment and social publication for Los Angeles' gay men, contents include: cover photo of Jimmy Hughes (Groovy Guy 1971 sponsored by The Hub); announcement of the upcoming 2nd Annual Empress Ball to be held November 8, 1971 (with photo of Empress La Rey of Los Angeles); short article "Gay Identity" by Robert Axton; delightful gossip column "Fern Siz...I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!" ("...What Valley bartender thought he was the owner's special stock until he caught the guy at a local bath house?...Jim, is it really true you had to pay a $100.00 fine for relieving yourself at Fern Dell Park?...Is it really the season for drug store cowboys?..."); article "Gay Is Superior!" by Don Jackson; interview of "Rick" ("Rick is a Negro. He is also a successful actor and one of the handsomest men I've ever met..."); much, much more. With fabulous period advertisements, bar guide, and classified ads.

 

 

Issue #41 "Entertainment West" (September 28-October 4, 1971) published out of Los Angeles, California. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 16 large pages.

Highlights include:

-cover photograph of Michael Greer and Ann Dee (then both appearing at Ciro's);

-half page advertisement for Michael Greer and Ann Dee ("THE SHOW THAT WAS TOO HOT FOR HOLLYWOOD HIGH");

-column "Show Talk" (with three paragraphs devoted to Michael Greer);

-article "Confessions of a Masseur" by Skip ("The Masseur of the Stars!" with two beefcake photos of Skip);

-astology column "Sex Scope";

-fabulous vintage advertisements (with male beefcake illustrations or photos) for the Y Baths of Hollywood ("Four floors of fun - for The discriminate young Male!"); Neworld ("Bob Byrnes invites you to come in and have a ball"); the Aquarius (with photo of Jimmy Hughes); the Other Box ("go go boys Fri. Sat. Sun."); Don's Male Box; GSF Mataching Service ("Would you look at a menu for 3 hours before eating?"); many others;

 

Issue #43 "Entertainment West" (October 22, 1971) published out of Los Angeles, California. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 24 large pages.

A bar, social, and entertainment publication for Los Angeles gay men, with news, events, gossip, packed with vintage advertisements, photos and artwork. Highlights include:

-announcement for the upcoming First Annual Stud West Contest, with entry rules (with male beefcake illustration);

-full-page ad for the upcoming drag queen party "CARNIVAL TIME" at the Bitter End West featuring "The Blond Darling Leona" ("Your Host...Willamina!");

-quarter-page ad for The Truck Stop (with male beefcake illustration: "A Place For STUDS & DUDES That Dig 'em");

-full-page ad for the upcoming 1971 Empress Ball (to be held at Ciro's);

-two-thirds-page ad for drag performer Charles Pierce, then appearing at Ciro's (with six photos);

-delightful half-page ad for De Paul's (with camp photo of a bad drag queen trying to fit on a wig: "MOTHER is getting ready for the big HALLOWEEN BASH AT De Paul's - SO WHY NOT FLIP YOUR WIG & JOIN US FOR THE FUN");

-short entry "Special Affair - Are Jim Nabors and Rock Hudson Married?";

-delightful conversation between a homosexual and God ("Me: Father, why am I homosexual?");

-social and bar column "Buzzing Around with Jan!";

 

issue #49 "Entertainment West" (January 14, 1972) published out of Los Angeles, California. Now a tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 16 large pages.

A bar, social, and entertainment publication for Los Angeles gay men, with news, events, gossip, vintage advertisements, photos and artwork. Highlights include:

-cover photograph of unidentified model by BCM;

-lead article on the upcoming Queen of Hearts Ball (to be held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach);

-column "Life in Gay L.A." by Vic Vance;

-large map of gay bars in Hollywood;

-half page advertisement for The C'est La Vie and its upcoming 2nd Annual Miss Sweetheart of 1972 Contest;

-astrology column "Your Sex Scope";

-advertisement from the Bla-Bla-Cafe (presenting Michael Greer);

-vintage advertisements for the Y Baths of Hollywood ("Positively the most 'right-on' Baths in Southern California!"); The Hanging Man; Don's Male Box ("indoor bike parking!"); the Truck Stop (with illustration by Steve Masters); the Glass Onion ("Watch for 'Date Me Game' to start again"); The Bitter End West; many others;

 

With cover by physique artist Steve Masters, issue #101 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (1974, bi-weekly date not present) published out of Los Angeles. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 16 large newsprint pages.

 

Predominately a bar, entertainment and social publication for Los Angeles' gay men, contents include: cover by Steve Masters; lengthy interview of gay protest marchers Matt, Pat, Jose, Bill, Maria, Ginger, Richard, Randy, Brian, an anonymous minister, and an anonymous young man, by Vic Vance entitled "Hollywood Boycott" ("ME: Hi, can I have your first name? RICHARD: Richard. ME: Richard, what are you doing here tonight? RICHARD: Protesting for the Gay Liberation Movement. ME: Why? BOY: Shut up, Richard! ME: Why, Richard? BOY: Shut up, Richard! ME: (to boy): I'm writing for a GAY paper! BOY: Oh, that's different! I thought you were the heat trying to harass us"); delightful bar and social gossip column entitled "Around Midnight" by Midnight Mary ("KELLY SPENCER tells me that DON PUGH of the JAGUAR and TERRY CARLSON have done the impossible. They were 86ed from the CORRAL CLUB!"); column "As Gay Sees It" by Gay St. Clair ("Till the next time, serving you with LOVE, I remain...Gay St. Clair"); column "The Horny Toad" (on the recent, Fourth Annual Valentine Ball); lengthy column "It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Earth" (with bar and Imperial Court news and gossip); fabulous period ads; much, much more.

 

 

issue #116 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (October 18, 1974) edited by John W. Rowberry and published by the Entertainment West Collective out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 20 large newsprint pages.

Containing news, articles, columns, reviews, art and photographs, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-headline article "Advocate Sold!" (on the sale of the Los Angeles Advocate to David B. Goodstein);

-full-page advertisement for the gay-produced film "The Portrait of Dorian Gay" (produced by the Zodiac Film Company and showing at the Xanadu Theatre on Melrose in Los Angeles);

-fabulous full-page advertisement for the drag queen revue "That's Entertainment" featuring Prince Hanalei - "Direct from Hawaii - The only man in L.A. who dares to be different!" - and The Benson Girls (with six photos);

-article on drag queen Tawny Tann, then scheduled to appear in the film "Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes" (with photo);

-article on, and interview of, actor Con Covert (with two photos);

-half page advertisement for the upcoming 1975 King and Queen of the Universe Contest (with beefcake photo of Brian Redfield and drag queen Monica);

-five photos from the 1975 Emperor and Empress de Los Angeles Contest;

-rear cover ad for Hyperion Baths (with artwork by Tom of Finland);

 

issue #117 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (November 1, 1974) edited by John W. Rowberry and published by the Entertainment West Collective out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 24 large newsprint pages.

Containing news, articles, columns, reviews, art and photographs, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-cover photo of 19-year-old model Scott Stringer (with two inside photos and short biography);

-article on Janis Joplin (with photo);

-fabulous full page advertisement for the Saddle Club (with male physique artwork);

-article on gay film superstar Peter Burian - Peter Berlin - of the films "Nights in Black Leather" and "That Boy" (with photo);

-article on, and interview of, singer Kay Dennis (with three photos);

-article on, and photospread of, hobos entitled "Last of the American Hobos" (with 16 photos);

 

issue #118 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (November 15, 1974) edited by John W. Rowberry and published by the Entertainment West Collective out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 28 large newsprint pages.

Containing news, articles, columns, reviews, art and photographs, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-short article on actor Jay Shannon entitled "Will Success Spoil Jay Shannon?" (with three photos);

-lengthy review of gay film "The Portrait of Dorian Gay" (with photo);

-article on the conversion of San Francisco's gay male movie theater, Peek-a-rama on Turk Street in the heart of the Tenderloin District, to a vaudeville house now called the Palace Theater (with two photos: one of Michael Owens, and one of the Palace Theatre);

-advertisement for the upcoming drag queen "1975 Doll of the Year Pageant" (presented by Misty Dawn and Mother Earth);

-article on the play "Beach Blanket Babylon" which had a successful two-month run at the Savoy-Tivoli in North Beach, and then showing at the Olympus (with photo of Charles Pierce);

-full page photo of 19-year old model Scott Stringer ("The Entertainment West entry for King of the Universe");

-article on, and interview of, young stage actor Greg Tyler (with two photos)

-article on the recent Annual Carnival sponsored by the gay California Motorcycle Club (with four photos);

 

issue #119 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (November 29, 1974) edited by John W. Rowberry and published by the Entertainment West Collective out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 32 large newsprint pages.

Containing news, articles, columns, reviews, art and photographs, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-cover story and NEWS ARTICLE on the gay National Socialist League (with lengthy interview of founder Russell Sprecht entitled "The Fuehrer of Echo Park");

-article on the recent 1974 Universal Ball (with photo);

-article on the First Erotic Film Festival;

-lengthy, delightful interview of Dr. Norman Lewis, then Chairperson of the Gay Studies Program at UCLA (with seven wonderful portrait photos: "According to Boys in the Band, I am, literally speaking, a pock-faced Jewish fairy! I'll be damned if one day of my life, or a birthday-party, has even come close to that show");

-article on, and interview of, artist Don Bachardy (with photo);

 

issue #123 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (no date provided, although late January or early February 1975) edited by John W. Rowberry and published out of Los Angeles. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 40 large newsprint pages.

Well-illustrated with art and a few male beefcake photographs, and now greatly expanded to include news, articles, columns, reviews, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-cover photograph of models Steve Tracy and Stan Hunt by Another Country;

-lead news story "PROSTITUTION ARRESTS" by Donald Porter ("Two juveniles and five adults, including a man fairly well known in Los Angeles gay circles, were arrested Jan. 27 at an exclusive oceanside home in Palos Verdes Estates for alleged participation in a homosexual prostitution ring");

-half page advertisement from Rip Colt Studios (with five male beefcake photos);

-short news article on David Carter and his new bodybuilding course entitled "STALLION BODYBUILDING" (with photo);

-full page review of the film "Stardust" (with photo of David Essex);

-lengthy article "Love, Hate, and the Gay Occult" by Tom Young (with several illustrations);

-splendid and artistic male beefcake centerfold (photographer not identified);

-interview of Magic Castle magician Martin Lewis (with photo);

 

issue #124 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (1975) edited by John W. Rowberry and published by the Entertainment West Collective out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 32 large newsprint pages.

Containing news, articles, columns, reviews, art and photographs, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-news article "Lige Clarke Murdered" (with photo of Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols);

-news article "Police Check Links In Eleven Killings" by Jim Kepner ("A series of eleven brutal murders of young men, mostly gay, has occupied the attention of eight different police agencies in Southern California since December, 1972...The day after Christmas that year, the nude body of a Camp Pendleton Marine was found on the Seal Beach offramp of Interstate 605...");

-delightful two-page photospread from the King and Queen of Hearts Ball recently held at the Queen Mary (with seven photos);

-male beefcake centerfold;

-half page illustrated ad for the new gay adult theater "Richard's Theater" in Hollywood ("In the heart of theater row!");

-male beefcake photo ads for the Vine Lodge, Another Country, AMG, Colt Studio;

 

issue #125 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (February 28, 1975) edited by John W. Rowberry and published out of Los Angeles. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 32 large newsprint pages.

Well-illustrated with art and male beefcake photographs, and now greatly expanded to include news, articles, columns, reviews, poetry, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-cover photograph and lengthy interior Part One interview of gay actor and filmmaker Fred Halsted (with 13 photos, including front cover);

-feature news article on the Los Angeles Slasher entitled "ARE POLICE CONCEALING AN ACE? The Slasher and the Psychic" (with nine photos of murder victims);

-article "Coming of Age in Leather-Land" (with three photos; the issue contains other leather features as well);

-review of stage production of "And Puppy Dog Tails" (with beefcake photo of actor Peter Brandon);

-vintage advertisements for Fred Halsted's film "Sextool" (with two photos); Colt Studio (with five photos); Another Country (with photo); Athletic Model Guild (with three photos); Leather Land (with 10 photos); many others.

-much, much more.

 

issue #126 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" (March 28, 1975) edited by John W. Rowberry and published out of Los Angeles. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 32 large newsprint pages.

Well-illustrated with art and male beefcake photographs, and now greatly expanded to include news, articles, columns, reviews, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-lengthy Part Two (of Two) interview of gay actor and filmmaker Fred Halsted (with three photos, including a fantastic full page photograph of Fred Halsted);

-commentary "The Hoarse Voice Of Houston Won't Be Stilled" (on the Dean Corll murders in Houston);

-double-page advertisement for the upcoming "First International Gay Arts Festival";

-review entitled "Instant Classic: volumes that should be on your coffee table" (with seven photos: reviews of "Garcon" by photographer Grey Fenton; "HE" by Roy Blakey; "Skrebneski" by photographer Victor Skrebneski; "IN TOUCH Special Edition"; and "Dart" by Target Publications);

-Bob Mizer of the Athletic Model Guild interviewed (with front covers of four issues of "Physique Pictorial" reproduced and male beefcake photo collage; Bob Mizer devotes several comments about gay artist George Quaintance; here are a few excerpts: "He found us [AMG]. You know, in the beginning, the printers didn't like his work. They objected to it very strongly...George had a bad heart. He would push himself, keeping long hours working on a new painting, or finishing one...He would take pep pills to give him extra strength...He died, prematurely, at 53...When he was gone, the people who handled his work didn't know what to do. It just all...disappeared.");

-much, much more.

 

Issue #128 "Entertainment West" now subtitled "The National Gay News & Entertainment Newspaper" (April 25, 1975) . Highlights include:

-article "The Reign in Santa Monica" by Jim Kepner (on homophobia in Santa Monica);

-news item "Gay Poet Commits Suicide" (on San Francisco poet Randy Anderson);

-column "Sexual Law Reporter" by Jim Kepner (of ONE, Inc.);

-news item "Gay Poet Paul Mariah to read";

-half-page ad for Colt Studio (with five male beefcake photos);

-original short story "Grandma's Clock & The Black-Eyed Peas" by Jim Kepner;

-full-page ad for The Connection (with male beefcake photo: "where do beautiful people & the latest New York disco sounds get together?");

-book review of "The Island Dialogues" by Llee Heflin (inspired by his LSD experiences);

-article on, and interview of, Tim Rhodes from Fred Halsted's classic gay film "Sextool" (with four beefcake photos);

 

issue #129 "Entertainment West" now subtitled "The National Gay News & Entertainment Newspaper" (May 9, 1975) Highlights include:

-news article "8 Squad Cars - 1 Helicopter - 20 Officers - net 7 in over-kill raid on gay bar" (at Larry's on Melrose Avenue);

-news article "Gay Awareness Week II at UCLA" by Jeanne Barney;

-news article "Gay marrieds confront Immigration" by "Lyn Pedersen" (Jim Kepner);

-news article "Empress Arrested: Missy V de los Angeles Abdicates" by "Lyn Pedersen" (Jim Kepner);

-article "GCSC [Gay Community Services Center] & 'Faggot Politics'" by Jim Kepner;

-article "Just another prison rip-off?" (regarding David, a gay man, who corresponded with Gene, a prison inmate who bilked David out of his money);

-splendid six-page portfolio entitled "Gay Art - The Male, A Floating Gallery, 1953-75" (with male artwork by George Quaintance, George Victor, Bud Barber, Charles R. Musgrave, Peter Wright, Roy Hunt, Steve Masters, Bill MacLane, George London, others);

-book review of "A World of Nudes" by Roy Dean (with male beefcake photo);

-splendid three-page portfolio "The Friends of Eugene Bricker" (with twelve photos, including Mame Marlow, Michael Greer, Andrea DuPrea, Michael Redford, Terri Jones, Tracie Ray, others);

-two poems by Randy Anderson;

 

issue #130 "Entertainment West: The National Gay News & Entertainment Newspaper" (May 23, 1975) contains 32 large newsprint pages.

Highlights include:

-news article "Gay Police: [Los Angeles City Attorney Burt] Pines 'Yes' [LAPD Chief Ed] Davis 'No'" by David Thompson;

-article "Crazy Davis: Hoof & Mouth Disease with a great big badge" by "Lyn Pedersen" (pseudonym of ONE, Inc. pioneer Jim Kepner: on Police Chief Ed Davis);

-article "Gay Center Picketed" by Jim Kepner (on the rift between the staff and Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Gay Community Services Center);

-half-page ad from Colt Studio (with five male beefcake photos);

-half-page ad for Fred Halsted's film "Sextool" (with two photos);

-article "Remembering Joe Orton" by John Mitzel (with two photos);

-photograph by Robert Opel (showing two male bikers with a "JUST MARRIED" sign);

-special, lengthy feature "New Faces of 1975" with bios on, and photos of:

Karen Marrow

Kay Dennis

Caleb Stonn

Cycle Sluts

Max Schulz (also featured on the front cover)

Donald von Wiedenman

Michael Greer

Jay Shannon

Toni Basil

Robert Opel

Paul Shenar

Peggy Stevenson

-poem "The Last Rose just died..." by John W. Rowberry;-much, much more.

 

Issue #132 "Entertainment West" now subtitled "National Gay Newspaper" (no date, although issued in June 1975) now edited by Jim Kepner and published out of Los Angeles. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 28 large newsprint pages.

Highlights include:

-short news item on the infamous "FAGOTS STAY OUT" sign ("Irving Held, owner of West Hollywood's Barney's Beanery, has announced removal of the infamous "FAGOTS STAY OUT" sign which has been posted in the bar & cafe for 35 years. Held's sudden capitulation may be related to complaints by Atty. Al Gordon about various license violations");

-article "What is Gay Pride?" by Anthony C. Sullivan (with his photo);

-lengthy article "Who Founded America's Gay Movement?" by Jim Kepner with the following vintage photos:

Pickets at States Steamship Lines, April 1969

Drawing of Henry Gerber, 1929

Lee Glaze receiving Judy Coleman Award for his raid on the Harbor Police Station, Summer of 1968

-lengthy "DIGNITY Answers Slander on Gays" ("DIGNITY, [the] national organization for Catholic gays, has circulated the following answer to an article by Monsignor Kelly appearing in a priests' journal");

-editorial column "Touhours gai" by Jim Kepner (with delightful photo of Jim in ballet drag);

-photospread "Christopher Street West - Past & Present" (with six photos);

-article "Thank You, Tennessee Williams" by Bill Moritz (a glowing review of Tennessee Williams' new novel, Moise and the World of Reason);

-anonymous short story "The Bulb Unscrewer" ("...it was way back in 1952 on the Bakersfield milk-run...");

-full-page review of the SPREE stage play of James Kirkwood's novel "p.s. your cat is dead" (The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts, with three photos);

-short bio of hairdresser Shell Burton (featured on the front cover as well as interior photo);

-review of gay male films "The Young Matchmakers" and "Six Card Stud" (with four photos);

-much, much more.

 

 

issue #133 of the long-defunct and long-forgotten "Entertainment West" now subtitled "National Gay Newspaper" (July 28, 1975) published out of Los Angeles. Issued in tabloid format, when unfolded contains 28 large newsprint pages.

Well-illustrated with art and photography, and now greatly expanded to include news, articles, columns, reviews, poetry, fiction, vintage advertisements, and classified ads. Highlights include:

-cover photograph of Bill Cable (aka "Stoner" and model for Rip Colt Studios, with interior bio entitled "Meeting Bill Cable");

-article on male hustler Paul Ferguson, convicted for the murder of film actor Ramon Novarro (with photo by Kris Studio: "...have you considered the far-out possibility that Paul Ferguson, now 29 years old, may have been framed? I am convinced that he was");

-two-page collage of photographs from the 1975 Christopher Street West Parade held along Hollywood Boulevard;

-article and interview of transexual Diane Summers entitled "Please God - Make Me a Woman: The Strange True Story of Diane Summers";

-article "Sex in Prison: One Gay's Experience" by Benny Concord;

-gay fiction "The Transmutation Of Aunt Callalily" by Jim Kepner;

-health and fitness column "Muscletone" by David Carter (with his photo);

 

a special issue of "Entertainment West EXTRA!" - a public-service handout for gay men entitled "SLASHER THREAT! WHAT IT MEANS TO THE LOS ANGLES GAY COMMUNITY: AN EXCLUSIVE REPORT" (February 1975) Contents include:

-lead article "SLASHER MURDERS: ANTI-GAY VENDETTA?" ("Despite a complicating rash of false confessions and blind-alley leads, as well as police secrecy about some details of the killings, Entertainment West has learned three crucial, hitherto unpublished facts about the so-called 'slasher murders'...");

-list of murder victims entitled "A Chronology of Death" (with map showing where the murder victims were found);

-article "It can't happen to me...?" ("No one should have a greater interest in the apprehension of the so-called 'slasher' than members of the Los Angeles gay community. There is reason to believe that gays have been particular targets of the unknown killer, and as long as he remains free, no gay person is safe");

-article "PLAY IT SAFE - PLAY IT PROUD" ("From police sources and gay community leaders, Entertainment West has compiled this list of guidelines for gays to observe while the slasher remains at large...");

-list of "Hotline" numbers to report information relevant to the "slasher";

-editorial by John W. Rowberry entitled "The Ultimate Victims?" ("In 1973, when the bodies of 27 youths were dug from their sandy graves near Houston, the Texas gay community braced itself for an expected onslaught from homophobes screaming for the heads of all gays. In 1973 the legal and medical establishments in Texas had grown up enough to realize that the alleged murderers could just as easily have been preying on young girls. In 1975, in Los Angeles, where some of the greatest advancements in gay awareness have been reached, we stand at the same crossroads. Do we run into our closets and hide?...Or do we stand up as the responsible men and women we are and say, 'This is no part of us!' The question of the slasher's possible gayness is not and should not be the issue - the safety of gay and non-gay men of the age and type he stalks should be the primary concern...");

-front and rear cover composites prepared by the Los Angeles Police Department showing the possible appearance of the "so-called 'Skid Row Slasher'" entitled "Have you seen this man?" (composites "based on interviews with hundreds of persons and taken from descriptions of the man who may have been the last to see several of the victims alive. He is described by police as about six feet tall, 180-90 pounds, with long, dirty blond hair").

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