Richard Ornelas is the winner
of the contest recently held at
the Farmhouse Club by the Club
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
The title bestowed on him was
"Mr. Club Houston - 1973-74",
and was one of the least twenty
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
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.
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
Dear ?. Frank,
Your paper STINKS!
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!
What ever happened to the guy
that ran the club that showed
"HAIR" every night?
He now operates Mary's, one
of Houston's "swingingest" bars.
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?
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
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)
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.
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)
Not enough that advertise with
How's Acapulco for cruising this
time of year?
Great. But the Bahamas are in,
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
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
Ed. (well past 30)
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)
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!
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