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The Star, No. 11, April 13, 1984 - File 005. 1984-04-13. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 15, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/1751/show/1742.

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Title The Star, No. 11, April 13, 1984
Contributor
  • Hyde, Robert
Date April 13, 1984
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 783846406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 005
Transcript 4 The Star/April 13, 1984 A Weekend in the Country By Ed Martinez When the traffic gets terminally bad, the smog, the panhandlers, the angst of city life and the general hassle of living in a city get to be just really too much, take heart! There is hope and a solution: El Ranco Vista, a gay guest house just 80 miles southwest of Dallas, located on 55 completely isolated acres just made for getting away from it all. El Rancho Vista is the brainchild of Murray Brosius, a dropout from life in the fast lane in Dallas. After a career in the military and the executive suite, Murray finally decided that there must be more to life than nine-to-five and another IRA. After traveling to Puerto Rico on vacations for over 20 years, Murray hit on the idea of copying the idea of gay guest houses, which are prevalent on that American island in the Carribean. In 1975, he bought the acreage that is now El Rancho Vista and started from scratch building the present facility. First came a modular home, then a large den with a hugh fireplace, then a Jacuzzi, then a pool and cabana, then additional guest rooms in separate cottages. All of the construction was done by Brosius, with the help of Mario Gutierrez, his lover. Mario and Murray met on one of Murray's trips to Puerto Rico, and they have been together at EI Rancho Vista for several years. Mario considers Texas his home now. The guest house is isolated from nearby towns, the closest of which is Glen Rose. Lots of mountain cedar surrounds the compound, affording privacy even from the nearest neighbor. Entering the main building, which also serves as the owners' residence, there is an aire of elegance, surprising this far out in the boondocks. The furnishings and the attitude of the owners Club Bath Counsel Claims Move to Shut Down Baths Political Craig Patton, general legal counsel ofthe Club Bath Chain, reported this week that "The decision by Dr. Silverman to regulate or potentially close the baths in San Francisco was entirely political rather than a health decision. "Less than a month ago, Dr. Silverman stated in a meeting before Mayor Feinstein that no credible evidence exists to link the baths to the incidence of AIDS. This action is a political, discriminatory and unlawful act directed at gay people," he said. "For this reason, CBC condemns and opposes it and will vigorously support any effort to reverse it," Patton concluded. Houston to Frankfurt FROM $569 ROUNDTRIP Dallas to Frankfurt FROM $559 ROUNDTRIP TRAVEL CONSULTANTS 2029 SOUTHWEST FREEWAY HOUSTON, TEXAS 77098 (713) 529-8464 TOLL FREE 1-800-392-5193 OPEN SATURDAY 10AM-2PM contribute to that atmosphere. There is a music room featuring a grand piano, numerous fine antiques, and period pieces collected by the owners over the years. The effect is one of comfortable chic, almost totally unexpected this far out in the middle of central Texas. Most of the guests at El Rancho Vista come from Texas, but by no means all of them. The advertising for the guesthouse appears regularly in The Aduocate, Hon- cho. Mandate and similar gay publications. In addition to the guest house, which remains open full-time only in the warm months approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day, Brosius and Gutierrez conduct a gay travel agency, named-ERV. Tours are conducted each year, usually at least one group to Puerto Rico and to various other parts of the world. This summer, the agency is sponsoring a tour to Mexico via Los Angeles on a Cunard ship. The average stay is over the weekend, but many guests elect to stay longer. One guest liked the place so much that the owners built him an efficiency on the premises, and he lives there year round. There are also' "regulars," those living nearby who frequent El Rancho Vista in the evenings for dinner and casual visits. These are long-time friends of the owners. Brosius loves the life he lives. "If I had $100 thousand, I wouldn't do one thing different from the way I live now." Many ofthe guests are repeaters, 75 percent of them, in fact. "Everybody has his own image of what the ranch is going to be like," Murray said. One problem that occasionally arises is that prospective guests picture the place as a sort of S&M baths on the prairie. Brosius tries to screen inquiries about El Rancho Vista to minimize that sort of client, knowing full well that disappointment is likely to result. Although romance does occur, of course, among the guests, it is not something that can be guaranteed. Nor should it be, says Murray. Murray related the incident that occurred once when he was looking out of his office window onto the porch and discovered that two ofthe guests had become somewhat carried away in their attraction for one another, in broad daylight, as it were. Murray laughed and recounted how he went out and invited the two to adjourn ] to the patio where the other guests might enjoy their performance, thus cooling their ardor and avoiding any unpleasantness. The attitude prevailing at El Rancho Vista is one of openness and tolerance without veering into hedonism, according to the owners. Whether a person is looking for a weekend retreat spiced with the possibility of meeting a special someone or a place to get away from the rat race, or possibly even just a quick respite from cityhood with a special friend, El Rancho Vista has it all. Texas' justly deserved reputation for hospitality and friendliness comes from places like this hidden hideaway in the hills. 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