JANUARY 17, 1997 - Our salute to the P.S. Film Festival with the cover featuring "Green Plaid Shirt", review by Harold Fairbanks. That year we sponsored the movie "Men, Men, Men" and the DBA sponsored "The Substance of Fire"
APRIL 25, 1997
editorial at the passing of 3 mentors: Allen Ginsberg; Bob Canon & Marv Liebman
Last a Lifetime
Each of us have own mentors - those man and women who through their words, actions and deeds have impressed us with their insight, wisdom, and strength. Once a person touches my soul, I know
that they will be a part of me forever. Time, distance and death cannot destroy the lessons they taught me nor the guidance and counseling they so freely gave to me. During the last few weeks I have seen three of my mentors pass away. Each
of them offered: the advice; the understanding; the encouragement during different stages of my life.
As a young man questioning his sexuality, I yearned for role models - mentors who
would be able to affirm and validate my feelings and emotions - and help me find the courage to be true to myself. The poetry of Allen Ginsberg and other poets of the 50's & 60's offered me answers. Ginsberg was raw - bold - and better yet
- censored. That was enough to tell me that there were other people out in the world who had experienced those same feelings - and they too, had been perplexed, puzzled - but they survived. No matter how many people would tell me that
homosexuality was wrong - I knew better! Allen Ginsberg couldn't be wrong - he helped to broaden the sight lines on human sexuality - and instructed me to find the courage to be different.
When my partner and I purchased this publication some 16 years ago, I met a kind and sensitive man. His name was Bob Canon. His quick wit, the twinkle in his eyes, that coy smile were endearing to me. Bob had been the dean at Reed
College. We both had teaching in our blood. The encouragement he gave me over the years have helped guide the evolution of the magazine you hold in your hands today. He offered advice and suggestions that I took to heart - and I learned.
To Walker Richardson I offer my deepest sympathy in Bob's passing.
This past summer I had the opportunity to meet Marvin Liebman while I was in Washington, D.C. and was impressed with
his quiet wisdom, his courage of beliefs and his strength of character. Through his column "Independently Speaking" I had learned much about the man and our meeting only deepened my opinion of him. While working in the Republican Party, he rose
to a level of importance that gave him access to the Reagan White House. He was a conservative in a political party that was becoming more intolerant and yet he risked everything when he announced that he was gay.
Life is a wonderful procession of experiences and adventures. And, my journey has been blessed with the encouragement that these three individuals have given me - and for that I will always be sincerely thankful to them for having
touched my life.
- EDITOR'S NOTE -
Bob Canon & Walker Richardson owned the Warm Sands Resort, Hacienda en Sueno during the 1980s & into the mid 90's. Bob was instrumental in choreographing the Marion Anderson concert at Lincoln Memorial with Eleanor Roosevelt
in 1939 when the Daughters of the American Revolution refused the world renown singer to perform at their Constitutional Hall.
Marvin Liebman penned "Independently Speaking" he sent his last guest editorial to us the very night he passed away! He never missed a deadline!