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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
4615 Mi. Vernon
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
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
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'
From THE OPEN DOOR, Agapp
Metropolitan Community Church,
Ft. Worth, Texas.
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