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The Star, No. 3, December 9, 1983 - File 008. 1983-12-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2397/show/2391.

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Title The Star, No. 3, December 9, 1983
Contributor
  • Martinez, Ed
Date December 9, 1983
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 008
Transcript Dec. 9,1983 / The Star 7 In the left photo, Supremes founder Flo Ballard with Mary Wilson in 1965. In the right photo is Flo's replacement, Cindy Birdsong, with Mary Wilson, in 1972 Wilson was very open discussing the Supremes. As many of us have assumed, Florence Ballard, the founder of what became the Supremes, left the group under circumstances not familiar to everyone. Only Mary, Diana, Motown super execs and family who could be trusted or held not to break the .silence may have the real answers. Much of the press and public arrived at their own conclusions and started believing these self-appointed soap operas, for lack of answers from within the Supremes or Motown. Mary's answers here might hopefully shed some light on this very private subject. Mary speaks in a somber tone, "The closest that I could say to anything that would clarify Florence's leaving, because it is a long story, Florence did agree to leave the group on her own accord; however, it was not because she wanted to. "One time we were in Europe and this was during the time Diana was becoming a solo artist and moved toward the front of the group; before Florence's leaving. We were to go to an engagement, a press reception. We were told to stay upstairs in our rooms. Florence and I were waiting to go to the reception unaware that Diana had already gone down. When we came down later, we realized that they had not wanted us to be involved in the reception. "Florence was very upset about that! It was around that time Florence told me she couldn't take it any longer. And at that point I became very upset, because I realized also what was happening, in terms of the group possibly not being together any longer. Flor and I sat up and cried that night, because we realized this beautiful thing was really about to split up. "I think that was the first thime I heard it from her lips that she would not be with the group. I have often said that it would be fairer to Florence and the others to tell the whole truth instead of bits and pieces. 1 know this doesn't clarify anything, its just too in-depth to say it was due to any one thing. "It's all going to come out in my book." Nearly nine years after Florence Ballard left the Supremes, she died in Feb., 1976.1 believe it was from heart failure as there were as many gruesome stroies of how she died as there were about her leaving the Supremes. "I was shocked," said Mary. "But by the same token not as shocked as I would have been if it happened to someone else. I knew how deeply Florence felt about the situation with the Supremes. H was the one thing with us that made her whole life click. I know for me or Diana, no matter what happened with us, we would have found a way to find something else to do. "Diana and I have been much too close to talk about Flo's death. Perhaps we will later. Later in life, to talk about it honestly. There were so many good things about Flo. One thing, when she laughed, hers was an infectious, Santa Claus-type laugh. You just wanted to laugh with her. She was also a very sensitive woman." Did Mary ever fear that she, too, would be replaced? "I never thought I could be replaced, because they weren't going to do that to me," sounds Mary in an amusingly dramatic tone. She continues, "If they ever did put me out, I would have gone to the union (now laughing heartily). "To answer your questions, I felt I always did my job, not that I was too important, as everybody is replaceable. I would have had to have been awfully bad for them to put me out." Sexual Exile Terms Brazil Paradise In response to a promised campaign of extermination of Argentine homosexuals by a clandestined Nazi commando group, some 10,000 gays have fled Argentina, Chile and Uruguay for what one "sexual exile" termed a paradise in Brazil, reports the Knight-Ridder newspaper group. Seventeen gay men have been strangled, stabbed or beaten to death in the past IS months after the Nazi group burned down a Buenos Aires theater which had included gay sketches in a review. The murders took place in one 30-block area ofthe city, reportedly a place with one of the world's lowest crime rates, and the police have not solved one case to date. The murders come after seven years of systematic gay repression in Argentina, beginning in 1976 when a military coup shut down gay saunas, bars and hotels. Argentines detained for suspicion of begin gay received 30-day jail sentences and were branded in the national computer Hit' as gay. Nestor Perlonghar, one of the exiles, was arrested 15 times before leaving the country. In Chile and Uruguay and other Southern Cone dictatorships, repression is less violent than in Argentina, but there is no open homosexual activity. Now Hiring The STAR, your new community newspaper, is ready to begin expanding its service to the Austin and San Antonio gay communities. San Antonio Editor This is a part-time position for an experienced journalist or writer. Submit samples. Will require about 6 hours a week. Pays $200 a month. Austin/San Antonio Advertising Director This is a commissioned position but expect about $1000 a month-more when newspaper switches to weekly format. Mail resume. THE STAR 3008-A Burleson Rd„ Austin, TX 78741 CO Uyoube mtrtr a ptrrsutlctl vuttrptfttfl in data ter/ninal, j then you should] check out the latest form i>f electron^ com* municatipns i<\ the gay community. 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