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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 10, October 1973 - File 021. 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/3127.

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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 021
Transcript BILL BAKER -you have to know him In talking about people difficult to reach or understand, one such person i s the manager of the Bayou Landing in Houston...Bill Baker. Six ft. tall, with dark hair and hairy face. Bill spends his open-for-business time mainly at the front desk in the entry way. During that time. Bill pays strict attention to I.D. cards, collecting money, etc.. and has little rime for idle chatter. But when he has a free moment or two he wanders through the place to use the bathroom, and make sure things are running smoothly in the main room, then slips into the Tiki room for a breather. That's the best time to catch him off guard. When you see him relaxed, you'll find him witty, personable, and really a charming person. An intelligent manager. Bill has a first-rate crew working under him. and fiercely loyal to him and his employer. Dennis Sisk. Bill projects with difficulty the sophisticated humor to which Gays in Houston are unacustomed: yet so refreshing in Dallas circles. He has made many friends since he first came to Houston to take over management of the BL. but only after a period of time which was covered by some hosility remaining as a hang-over from his predeccessor. At first or second encounter, his manner seems dry and defensive. But that is in part due to the hostility leftover from. again, his predecessor...someone very much disliked by HOL'TON people. And his defensive posture was una voidable..the abuse he i first received when he wok over ' let him think Houston just didnjt^ ;. like him. But Bill soon learned"' to make his friends, and his little circle has grown mightily since. An excellent cook and avowed gourmet. Bill loves to frequent the many restaurants Houston is noted for. and contrary to tales about his greater love for Dallas, being a former resident. Bill is in love with Houston, and'if noth- else. according to his friends, he wouldn't leave here until all the restaurants went out of business. It takes a rather sophisticated sense of humor to probe through the outer core of this fellow, but underneath the hard core lies a sensitive person who loves being with people, and providing for them, an entertaining place to go. He's outspoken at times, and if that cost him a few friends, it also worked in his behalf; people know Bill to be straightforward, and doesn't couch words in riddles or subtleties. He is self- assured, and, by the way, claims to have at least four husbands.... he has a lot of love to spread: He's DEATH on drugs and the only pills he believes in taking are vitamins, which he uses with regularitv. He claims it's what gives him his NATURAL HIGH. Bill's attitude about what people think of him is to the point: 'I work because I need to make a living like evrybody else. I work for the Bayou Landing here because I believe it's the finest club in the country, and I love Houston. That's a pretty good reason, don't you think?' Bill Baker, believes in what he's doing. The shows, the ideas which motivate the crowds to this popular place, speak well for him. Page 22 . ','. Mis attitude toward other bar in Houston is one to be commended: help them all, and anytime I can. I'll do what I can for them.' Meet him. You'll find Bill an interesting person to know. Few will doubt that the Bayou in Houston was something short of an good place to go. until Dennis Sisk brought him down to Houton to manage it. Since his arrival, the club has soared to popularity. He was asked why he doesn't smile much at people. "I FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT SMILING AT PEOPLE I DON'T KNOW was the reply. But that's not really true. Bill smiles at almost anyone that walks into the place. But basically shy himself, he refrains from overt attempts at friendship feeling it to be false. If someone has the courtesy to smile at him. Bill is quick to smile back. But he once was quoted as saying., "...they think I'm leering at them when they wqlk in the door and I take their money...' I guess my smile doesn't come off the way it should...anyway. I try my best to make people welcome. Mostly. Bill contends, he like to be impersonal, because he to be impersonal, because he as do a great many others, feels that people should not be 'noticed' when they come and go...it makes them think someone is keeping tabs on them or something.... Sometimes. Bill explains, he HAS to ignore people...even his at the front door, just a minute of conversation, can cause people to stand and form a line, waiting to get in the place; he tries later in the evening to find the friends inside and chit-chat with them. 'Sometimes. I guess I'm a little curt with people, but I guess that happens, when forty people are .waiting to-:get. ki the 'clubhand- someone runs up asking me to fix the cigarette machine...or make an announcement during the show or pick the most inopportune time to ask for help in matters any waiter or bartender can help. This unusual person, spends almost fourteen hours each day at his club, and few realize the number of hours that go into the management of a club this large, and the details attended to before the club opens for business each day. Bill's feeling about the Bayou Landing in Houston is obvious. He feels it's a WINNER. 'People like it and our crowd seems to be increasing all the time. And I just try to give the kids what they want or would like to have within reason. I'm not always right, but I do try.' 'This Halloween, I think I have the right formula. Dennis (the owner) and I have worked out a contest that has MEANINGFUL prizes, and we're making it possible for EVERYBODY to qualify and have a good chance at winning the contests. It's costing a bunch of money. Maybe more than some of the other places, but it's just our way of saying THANK YOU to the kids who've supported us all year/since we've been here. Bill admits to a few mistakes during his tenure as manager at this club; for instance, he is not yet aware of the names or faces of all the owners or managers of other bars in the city, and the usual courtesy he extends to such people has not been offered to some. 'But when I am introduced or they are pointed out to me, I try to let them all know they're welcome here. ' CLUB HOUSTON GET IT TOGETHER' The Club Houston Baths current ly in the process of adding intj its already plush surroundings a new music room. Wwork is nov in progress and completion if expected within a week or two Good acoustics, important to gooc sound response will be enhance* by carpeting which will cover tht floor and run up the walls adding a warm and cozy atmosphere t< the room. This go-getting club has also in troduced free bar-b-que on Sun days from 4 to 8 p.m. which is held on the patio, and, judging bj response, the idea's a good one. The clientele obviously enjoy the day there, for more and more seem to be arriving, according to the club's manager, Lynn. Anc the steam room is back in FULL SWING again....parts which needed replacingtook several days get ing to Houston, but are finally installed and ready for use, Another innovation has just been completed; cedar walls surround ing the showers and whirlpool area ing the showers and whirlpool area and the results really made a vast difference. THE CLUB HOUSTON BATHS IS having a 'SHIN DIG' ON HALL OWEEN NIGHT; looks like that may turn out to be great fun... There will be an apple dunkin contest....with a special feature added to it a towel contest... asking for the most unusual decorative towel. You can bring your idea with you and use the club's towel, or even bring your own towel. What a sight THAT ought to be. To add spice to the eve's event will be spiked apple cider along with food. THE MOST UNUSUAL EVENT OF THE EVENING, WILL BE THE SLAVE AUCTION! Be sure to ad this spot to the list, this club is going ALL OUT to honor this most traditional night, Weds., at 8:00 p.m., October 31st. As a footnote we should add that you may be long overdue some good excersising; that's the way to go! EDIE MOVES TO STEIN One of the leads in the 'PANT OMANIACS' so long at the HiKamp is now the new headliner at the GLASS STEIN in Houston. Edie has just stepped into the new and lavishly show-equipped GI ASS STEIN to excersise her expertise at both performing and running a show; Edie, the voluptuous, buxomy showman now heads that cast which includes, among others, (of equal talent) Stephanie and four other regulars. A tribute to BOOTS who has made the GLASS STEIN come a- live again to the reverberations of famous voices in pantomime, is his good sense in employing this fabulous performer, and has already begun to see fruition of his dream to have the best show bar in town. Edie, as a large person saddled with much avoirdupois, has infinite grace and poise; she can sweep into the room with the grace of the ballet dancer, and not a whisper of fotsteps can be heard as she weaves between tables to her lofty position on stagee. She exudes personality the moment she mounts her throne and shows con- findence in all she does. The rigid professionalism she demands of herself, extends to her cast who perform under her rigid command. A no-nonsense performer, Edie expects from her cast, the very best they can offer and expects from them the same showmanship and perfection she employs in her own routine. Backstage, Edie's a ball of fire. Rapping out orders and schedules, pushes the show hard to stay on time; setting up formats, and reviewing the numbers to be performed, Edie is truly the one for the job. To BOOTS we wish the best of luck at the GLASS STEIN. But with the performers he has been able to recruit, little luck is involved. Talent will tell the story very quickly for him. The GLASS STEIN has already begun the upward climb with the largest attendance record in the Westheimer district since under his command. Well liked, BOOTS , the lounge, the show, what other ingredients can one add to a formula for success? It's got it! Houston Bar Circuit Report Jtetff
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