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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 10, October 1973 - File 015. 1973-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3130/show/3121.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 10, October 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date October 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
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).; This newspaper issue has irregular page numbering.
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Title File 015
Transcript FIRE AFTERMATH AFTER THE FIRE The operator-owner of the Upstairs bar in New Orleans promptly leased a bar property at 940 St. Louis Street, which is uptown- riverside corner of the intersection with Burgundy Street. For years it was a negro bar. The property has been well remodeled and the new bar opened September 1st, as the Post Office. It has a first floor location in its building, with good exit signs and no "funky flammable decor". This reporter asked the owner if he had any recent news of the fire besides that given the news media by the fire department. He angrily blurted out that if he did, he wouldn't tell. I asked him if he cared to be quoted on that statement? He didn't care. I then asked the owner if he thought that his attitude might be compared by the gay community to Nero's fiddling while Rome Burned? The owner then ordered me out of the bar in an angry, ungentle- manly way, without answering the last question. This reporter has never heard of a person getting kicked out of a gay bar for quietly asking questions. A normal, healthy reaction to a friendly questioner after a tragedy would be of remorse, not hostility. This action reveals more about this bar operator's actions than perhaps questions could have answered. (Thanks for the demonstration, sir.) Although he does not have a rfe|^te«fcneW-#feKa ho^'remper5.- :^«^5wp-w<-^f^w ,that'«^ti«.bar crarjatof*- can act without reason and with a disposition that is not normal. Without exploring the possibilities of his behavoir and reactions from others here is another case. Another gay bar in New Orleans is noted for the ungentlemanly behavior of its bartenders. A few years ago those bartenders kicked a patron out ungraciously. The customer ungraciously returned in a truck which he crashed through the wall, making it, indeed, a sidewalk cafe, until repairs were made. That bar did not come forth with any explanations whatever. Neither has the owner of his ex-Upstairs come forth with any apologies to your reporter, nor to the gay community for the fire, nor for anything. This unbusiness-like attitude and cold bloodied lack of heart doesn't usually pay off. Business is business, and gay business is also business, and please may it be responsibly so? So far, there are no reports of any law suits of contributory negligence against the owner/ operator of the Upstairs bar by the victims nor by their family/heirs. With various contribution funds collected nationally for the Upstairs fire victims, it would be interesting to know if the bar owner of the Upstairs has also contributed. In case, not, or so, this reporter will be glad to match his contributions, and also consider giving funds for victims' legal expenses, when asked through this newspaper. An employee of the New Orleans Fire Department, who wishes to be un-named has given this reporter for the Nuntius an interview held outside New Orleans concerning the fire at the Upstairs bar here. The department has determined that napalm was used to start the fire. He further stated that this and other facts have ^"Seen" withheld ^from ihe press-nn -;:•; New-Or leans by his department because it wishes to make a strong case toward conviction of the arsonist and avoid weakening it's STRICTLY GOSSIP The 'cleanest' rose in town has recently recovered her lover from a short stay at hospital. All is well now. In the process, Rose lost a few pounds, and spaghettis no longer the bill of fare at that household. Silver threads among the brown has trimmed his newly grown mustache and packed off to S.Main to practise the Art of the Sraight bar business...we wondered why the 'straight' look these days. The ex-demolitions man seems to be in the greasy spoon biz; he works till 2 a.m. or later, but still has time to track chicken in the rough off westheimer for beddy-bye time each night. The once-hot-Momma of Westheimer has put her pistol down a- gain; this time another heart attack. A serious one, and one more may be the last.... Determined to keep his hands in all the mouths he possibly can, and in any way he can, he his now seen fixing salad plates at the BIG KITCHEN of his bar... The tatooed ex-gogo boy turned dragon last year leaves Houston for a straight job; his lover stays behind awhile sorting out the drag. The California queen who made national headlines and came to Houston to live with her real- life husband, tried to take her own life...and is critically ill. With so many bars opening this season, it's hard to keep up with friends; but one who normally lives in a mansion was finally Page 2 spotted the other day; she's bought a new pair of jeans that open in the back (ZIPPERED) and nestles in a certain Westheimer bar now. She finds that zipper a convenience, and doesn't have to use the back seat ofthelimo. anymore. Two GIANTS in the club business are finally ta.king to one another- even if it's only on the telephone. Can an agreement to cooperate with one another be in the works? So she LOST her EI Dorado; it was parked in front of her home, billfold on seat, and all...was it REALLY stolen, or was she penalized by a jealous lover? Looks like Big G is still in retirement...at least we think so. No more police street blockades downtown lately. The operator of a Westheimer are Pub has the right idea; stay away from your own place and get drunk at your competitor's. The idea must work because he isn't running off any business... at his OWN place! Whatever happened to the liquor license girl? And how come no dance permit? Did they beat you to the right germ at the Y.K.W. Motor Mouth has two clubs to spread tales (TAILS?)in now. Ed, when does one first see the symptoms of M.S.? OR would you really know? SAHDJI in Whirl wind Stint 1000 EMBOSSED BUSINESS CARDS 4615 Mi. Vernon .95 524-5612 QUALITY PRINTING SAHDJI APPEARS AT HOUSTON THE WELL-KNOWN FEMALE IMPERSONATOR, SAHDJI, APPEARED AT A LOCAL CLUB IN HOUSTON RECENTLY, AND RETURNED TO"CALIFORNIA AFTER A WEEK END STAY. THIS NATIONALLY FAMOUS ENTERTAINER, WILL APPEAR AGAIN IN HOUSTON HALLOWEEN WHEN HE WILL HOST THE FARMHOUSE CONTEST OCTOBER 31st. case by prior trial in the newspapers. He claims that the fire department has been responsive, considerate, and cooperative with various gay leaders and individuals, in ways which also have not reached the press. The Reverend David Solomon has withdrawn from the Metropolitan Community Church in New Orleans, and has also ceased any affiliation with the national MCC. He volunteered this information, but would not give any reasons, upon questioning, as to why he has dropped out. Glass Stein anew at 3207 Montrose,Houston,corner ing with Westheimer in the town's most popular Gay District is sit uated around the corner from the 900 Club, a block across the way from the ever-popular Mary's, down from the populous Round- table, two hops from the Numbers, a few blocks from the Annex and only a short jaunt to the Detour, it becomes the favorite jump-in point for Houstonites. A gargantuan parking lot across the street eli - minates parking problems and the GLASS STEIN is leteral surrounded by other famous landmarks attracting out-of-towners as well as Houstonites seeking these famous restaurants. Newly transferred from Doug and Ann to Boots, the place has already begun, to show a rapid rise to popularity with a great VINCENT AND CYR REBUKE PR Many in the distressed were distressed by the press coverage of the Houston slayings, because they thought the homosexual angle was blown out of proportion. Sim iliarly, the attempt to link the Houston murders with the Dallas Odyssey incident caused indignation. Two spokesmen for the Gay ion. Two spokesmen for the Gay community were indignant enough to go to the mass media and present their case. Reverend Richard Vincent of MCC-Dallas and Ken Cyr, chairman of Awareness, Unity and Research Association, visited tife major broadcast and print media in Fort Worth in an effort so expli explain that the news portrayal of the two events was reinforcing the opinion that all homosexuals are sick sex maniacs. Some press coverage did result from the interviews with the media. The Fort Worth Press on August 16 carried a story under the headline "Deranged minds, not sexual preferences, says two of slayings'. The broadcast stations visited gave no direct coverage to the interviews, but several did in reporting tone down the sensationalism of the 'homosexual murders' approach. From THE OPEN DOOR, Agapp Metropolitan Community Church, Ft. Worth, Texas. MARK TWAIN We tip our collective hat to Frank Caven for having that much faith in his business and his patrons; particularly he deserves thanks for pulling bars off back streets onto the mainstream again. And as the Mark TWAIN sits pulsating on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, it will serve as a reminder to all that the day of the 'secret' club is gone forever. show, comprised of Houston's top female impersonators, Sunday brunches for only $2.00 which include a drink, mixed drinks, dancing, and reliable hours of oper ation. Opening the same time 6 days a week, and 12 on Sunday, the club closes every morning at two a.m. Easy to find, look for the Liberty Bank at Montrose and Westheimer; it's just across the street on Montrose.
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