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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 9, September 1973 - File 020. 1973-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3693/show/3687.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 9, September 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date September 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • 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).
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Transcript Richard Ornelas is the winner of the contest recently held at the Farmhouse Club by the Club Houston. Richard is twenty-four years old and hails from Corpus Christi. Richard has lived here in Houston for only nine months but in that short time has made a great many friends. The title bestowed on him was "Mr. Club Houston - 1973-74", and was one of the least twenty entries. The contest took place at the Farmhouse Club under the auspices of the Club Houston and with the cooperation and master showmanship of Gene Howie. Along with his trophy, Richard won$300. in cash and a $25.00 gift certificate from Ah Men, along with a year's free pass to the Club Houston. (And he's there a lot these days) Standing at 5'11" and weighing in at 165 pounds with strong black hair, this muscular trophy winner is personable, exuding warmth and is an invitation in itself to remind oneself what a few workouts can do for a man. He will be going to Miami in February to enter in the National Club Baths contest and will be sponsored by the Club Houston, Houston, Texas. A profile; JENNIFER GEORGE Jennifer George is a popular attraction at Houston's Bayou Landing and is seen there every Wednesday and Sunday at show- times. In a recent interview, some questions were tossed at her, and the following is a summation of "How Jennifer George Really Is." "I picked the name Jennifer because I liked it." In that simple sentence spells out the simplicity in which she (he) sees and says things. Personable and warm offstage; dynamite on stage. He describes how he got his "last name" . . . "George". "It was given to me, actually, by my friend Kitty Keye one night at Gene Howie's New Year's Eve Ball at the Cork Club here in Houston. At that time I was simply a contestant, and only used the name Jennifer; when Kitty got hold of the last name, she said 1 needed a last name, and tagged me as Jennifer George and it's been that way ever since." I didn't really becom a serious performer until after the Bayou here opened up and even then I wasn't taken very seriously, I had won many first place trophies in "drag" but hadn't really performed much. Several times, was all, and that was at the Old Red Room when Tiffany Jones was still there. She recruited me to fill in when she had out of town engagements. But when the Landing opened here, Kitty got hold of me again, and I was one of the kids performing on opening night. After that I was sent to Dallas to be tried out in their club up there .... to see how 1 was liked by that crowd, and when I go the praise and applause, I was returned to Houston to become a regular. Since that time, they've sent me up theretodoother shows, and for awhile when they discontinued the shows here, I used that time to get together new material and gowns. And then, when Dawn Winters reopened the shows here, I was back to work again. And have been here ever since. When asked how she regarded her trophies, she replied: "Out of the eight I've won, five were for first place. I feel I earned them and am very, very proud of them. It encouraged me to go ahead into professional work." Jennifer chooses the personalities she portrays on the strength of her moods. She shys away from being just "one person" for example. But admires other people like herself who become a particular entertainer, because either way it's tough. She continually studies and looks for new techniques; particularly in make-up. Before becoming a performer, Jennifer worked in a bank for three years, and after emerging into show business, doesn't sense any change in herself. Simply a matter of expressing the way I feel when I see or hear an entertainer, and translating my feelings for the audience gives me the lift I want. I feel I'm sharing something very personal with my audience. Jennifer's lover helps along the way, being the severest critic, but helping to encourage at the same time. Jennifer looks hard toward his lover of almost a year for the kind of support only a lover who believes in something and can give help and encouragement. According to Jennifer, straight bars are easier to play to; the audience always seems more appreciative. But gay bars are the real challenge, and applause from her own kind means much more to her. "I don't live 'drag' twenty four hours a day. I turn it off when I'm off stage. That keeps me fresh. And really, my work is only a small part of my life. I do it because I LIKE to, and not because I NEED to. The only need I feel, is to give an audience the lift I feel when I perform, and give the kids their money's worth. Off-stage, few people recognize Jennifer, who is very attractive out of make up and costume. Those who do recognize the showman, never hesitate to compliment him. But as Jennifer puts it ... the "highest compliment to me, is a full house and lots of applause". Adked about the new eighteen- year old law, Jennifer says: "It's great. Now a kid can start at a younger age and develop in his prime years." LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear ?. Frank, Your paper STINKS! Harold Washburn Dear Mr. Washburn, The NUNTIUS like other papers serve a dual purpose - this one you can read or wipe with - The rolling stone you can either read or smoke! Phil Frank Dear Phil, What ever happened to the guy that ran the club that showed "HAIR" every night? NO NAME Dear Nameless, He now operates Mary's, one of Houston's "swingingest" bars. Phil Dear Editor, I've been to the Farmhouse a number of times when I'm in Houston and I'm trying to settle an argument between friends here in Galveston. Is it true that the owner actually sings at his own piano bar. Is it true, or are they just pulling my leg? G.H. (Galveston) G.H. It's true. And Gene's many admirers will tell you he has a fine voice. Prior to being a club operator, he did some professional singing along with his accompanist Emet and still has an excellent voice. You can see him perform occasionally at the Farmhouse, but business usually keeps him preoccupied. He likes to do it when he's not that busy - ask him to sometime. Editor Dear Editor, One night I left a beer bar with a full beer in my hand, and nobody stopped me. Later, I left one of the big dance clubs and the man nearly fell off the stool running after me to grab the cup out of my hand before I left. Later that same night I went back to the same beer bar and even THEY didn't let me out that time. What's the deal? I get all kinds of answers. Mark Wilson (Baytown) Mark: In Houston you cannot leave any beer bar AFTER MIDNIGHT with a beer in your hand. At NO TIME can you EVER leave a mixed- drink bar with a drink in your hand. That's the law. Phil Dear Sirs, I am from out of the state and plan on visiting Houston soon. I was wondering how many Gay bars there are in Houston. J.C. (Hot Springs) Dear J.C, Not enough that advertise with us! Ed. Dear Phil, How's Acapulco for cruising this time of year? G.H. G.H.: Great. But the Bahamas are in, this year. Phil Anybody over "30" I'm well past thirty. I still enjoy life, and make the bar scene regularly. But I don't dance at all, and therefore find myself forever in a place where all 1 can do is chit-chat long enough to get stoned on booze, while my potential trick is dragged off to a dance floor somewhere and I lose him. How the hell does a fellow my age compete? F.K.S. (Houston) My Dear F.K.S. Learn to dance. If you're one of those who just can't, then fake it. Pick a busy spot on the floor and just move your feet. If your partner is much younger than you, he'll be to enraptured in the music to watch you closely; if he does watch you, smile. But he's still WITH you. Ed. (well past 30) Dear Sir, I'm from Corpus. How come you never write anything about us down here? We used to buy your paper but now to get it have to subscribe Allen (Corpus Christi) Dear Allen, I am in hopes a correspondent will be there next month. I hope you're around to help fill him in when he's there. Encourage the bar owners to get up some news, otherwise and send it to us. We're hungry for news of Corpus! Sorry about the availability of the Nuntius in Corpus but the bar that handled it and advertised in same did not pay for the ad or the papers that you bought! Phil Frank Publication of the noiM or photograph of any person or organization in articled or advertising ity The NUNT.tUS is not to be construed es ony indication of tkr.sexuQj orientation of Such person or owjanltofion Page 19
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