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Houston Voice, No. 999, December 17, 1999 - File 022. 1999-12-17. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 23, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/223/show/211.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 999, December 17, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 17, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 17,1999 OUT ON THE BAYOU 21 >* Continued from page 17 ously hip" by Time. RuPaul, Leonardo DiCaprio, Todd Oldham and Courtney Love all benefited from early ink in its pages. But most incredibly, Paper is still edited and owned by the same two trend-spotters who ran off its first copies. "It's almost our claim to fame at this point: that we've managed to stay in business, stay independent, yet still remain competitive in content and ideas with those other [large publishing] companies," 1 lershkovits said last week from New York. This year in celebration of Paper's success, Hershkovits and Hastreiter have published a book, "From AbFab to Zen: Paper's Guide to Pop Culture." Why a book? "We always wanted to do a book," Hershkovits said. "When it came time for this 15th anniversary, we wanted to do something that would reference the past and everything we did, but was still new." Hershkovits sees the book filling a historical niche. "Today young people tend to take it for granted that things were always like this. It became even more important to try and point your finger at history and tell people, 'This was John Sex. He was this really amazing guy. And he influenced Keith Haring and Ann Magnuson, and she influ enced joey Arias and Joey influenced Madonna. It's like this great chain." Hershkovits and Hastreiter met while working at Village Voice rival SoHo Weekly News, which eventually folded. Some News starters formed Details, which has since been sold and reformatted as a men's magazine. Hershkovits and Hastreiter soon abandoned their lofty plans to raise big bucks for a slick magazine, choosing instead to publish the best product they could at the time. The first issues of Paper were printed as a fold-out poster that sold for 50 cents. "Everything was based on not having money," said Hastreiter. But today Hastreiter credits this financial realism with being "the reason why we're still here." Through the years, the magazine has changed repeatedly. Its logo is still redesigned for every issue. Its leadership takes seriously the cover tagline "Where Things Start." Sometimes, Paper has moved too fast even for its super-hip market. "People were horrified when we put a girl with tattoos on our cover," Hastreiter said. "We lost advertising. People were gagging over it—in a bad way, not a good way." The ri.se of AIDS was tragically concurrent with the ascent of Paper. "The magazine suffered during those years of the late '80s when AIDS was at its peak," Hershkovits said. "Those were dark days for the magazine and for New York. You were going to memorial services instead of restaurants." Another story was especially difficult to cover: the fall of "club kid" ringmaster Michael Alig. After reigning for years as the undisputed king of the downtown scene, .Alig Paper's founders: David Hershkovits and Kim Hastreiter slid into a hellish world dominated by "Special K," cocaine and other drugs. In 1997 he pleaded guilty to murdering his drug dealer and is now serving a 10- to 20- year sentence. "You can't really believe it when somebody you know is in a situation like that," Hershkovits said. "That's what happened with Alig, having known him as this great creative force that arrived in New York and took the town by storm. I cannot re-ally believe it now, even though I'm sure he w.as guilty." Both editor/publishers are straight. "One thing that Paper did, which I'm really proud of, was I think we were one of the first magazines that was a tossed salad—like a mixture. We have a really large gay readership and a really diverse multi-cultural readership." In 1991, Paper inaugurated Joey Arias' "Chitchat" column, in which the noted actor and Billie Holiday impressionist presents a transcribed phone interview with a star. An image of Arias as Lady Liberty was chosen to represent "A" at the book's beginning. How did that make Joey feel? "I was like, oh my God! My heart started pounding. I started feeling very sensual and excited, very Statue of Liberty. Like, 'Welcome to my world, bitches! I'm the queen! The goddess!'" Arias said from New York. Arias is currently on screen with Robert De Niro in "Flawless." Paper, Arias said, "is almost like a crystal ball for the hip. It's so quick and so current. People always pick up Paper magazine to find out what's going on. Especially," Arias added with a wicked laugh, "if they want to get down!" Do the Math and you'll see how the all-new Saturn LS-2 has become a benchmark in its class. 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