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Title Houston Voice, No. 857, March 28, 1997
Contributor
  • Michelak, J. C.
Publisher Window Media
Date March 28, 1997
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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Title File 018
Transcript HEEDS Local Realtor Catapults to New Heights Ray Allison is not an over night sensation. Indeed, he has worked hard at obtaining his current success that is perceived by many in the community to have been ascertained over night. Ray Allison Realtors has been a staple in the industry for more than a decade. In the past year, however, the company has soared to new heights. So much so that the company is the largest Realtor in the area encompassing zip code 77006. Recently, the Houston Voice contacted Mr. Allison to discuss his meteoric rise in the competitive real estate market. Allison grew up in Beaumont, Texas. He moved to Houston and went to work for an Engineering firm, a job he despised. After working part-time purchasing and selling property, he realized how much he enjoyed the real estate business. He has been in the business since 1982 and got his license in the late 80's figuring if he could have success in the business as a hobby, he should be able to achieve success professionally as well. He went to work for Acker - Blum. Three years ago, he formed his company and with hard work he has managed to become the Realtor with the most listings in the Montrose area. He credits his newfound success to the Vilven Design firm who redesigned his marketing package, as well as his dedication to his work. As a result, his company now employs 14 agents, and increased his phone lines tenfold. Indeed, business has increased three hundred percent within the past year. "The real estate market is very complicated now. There are several aspects that al! have to be taken into account at the same time," advised Allison. He counsels his clients to establish how much money they want to spend per month and the location they want to live-in. If the two do not mesh, he advises his clients to work on the location. Allison believes that an honest approach with clients heeds the best results. The company encompasses sales, leasing, residential and commercial. "About 70% of what this firm does is residential, 30% is commercial," said Allison. He contends leasing is not lucrative, yet he offers it to clients because he believes that potentially leasing clients could become customers. Allison stressed the importance of customer service. Allison stated that his brand of service related real estate has earned him repeat customers. "We have a very large loyal following," enthused Allison "I sell people a house, two years later they sell it and want me to help them find another one. Now, its beginning to happen with all of my agents here." Allison is 36 years old and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is a testament to the old adage of hard work and subsequent rewards. One thing is certain, he is ambitious, intelligent and entrepreneurial. And, benevolent. With those traits, it's highly probable that you have not heard the lasl of Ray Allison. TTTTTTTTT BOOK REVEIW Sexpert Proffers Opinions on State of the Union by Mary McGregor-Dunne Susie Bright, the self proclaimed "Sexpert", has just released another book about guess what? SEX. Her latest release is a Simon and Schuster effort none the less, called "The Sexual State of the Union". Her past efforts Sexwise - Susie Bright's Sexual Reality, Susie Sexpert's Lesbian Sex World and Nothing But the Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image - have all graced the shelves at the local gay book stores as well as more recently, the mainstream book stores. Since the demise of her very controversial lesbian pornography magazine, On Our Backs, the writer/ sexpert has had a lot of time on her hands. In between her lectures at universities, mini-seminars, speaking engagements, and editing short stories, she has found the time to compile this mishmash of essays and call it a book. The marketing department at Simon and Schuster has outdone themselves gathering quotes for the dust cover from Erica Jong to Armistead Maupin praising the contents of this book as the work of a "visionary" and "a leading thinker of our time". The cover also is marketing department's dream- a naked "Sexpert" wrapped in an American flag. The image will surely guarantee every monkey gland teenybopper will take a look or two at it and snicker. Ms. Bright gives her opinion on a vast variety of subjects. At the back of the book you will find a very detailed twelve-page index cataloging each topical reference and the pertinent page numbers. Not only will you find a reference for sex with 34 sub-reference but also separate references for intercourse (6 sub-references), orgasms (19 sub- references), sadomasochism (3 sub-references), sexual fantasies (10 sub-references), and pornography (27 sub-references). Basically, if you want to know what Susie Bright has to say about anything al all you can flip to the back of Ihe book and locate the multiple page numbers for easy location of the topic of your choice. Ms. Bright does not limit her rather skewed opinions to the various topics of sex. She also comments on politics, religion, abortion, the Mormon Church, racism, the sixties, drugs, the Internet, the Catholic Church, AIDS, and children. 1 did not find her musings totally disagreeable. I found that some of her observations were moderately amusing. However, I found her sense of morality to be pretty much debased and disgusting. In the introduction, the author attempts to wrap up the collection of random essays that are to follow. I can just -imagine the Simon and Schuster editor sitting with the chapter titles on 3' x 5' cards and a story board trying to put all of this in some logical order. Obviously, the editor has had some expenence with the everyday life journeys of sado- masochists and porn siars. In this case, the editor and author choose to play out the bad to worse sequence. Religion is the first victim of Ms. Bright's obvious disdain. She states, "...I do feel superior to deeply religious people...that kind of faith genuinely seems backward to me, a sign of ignorance and fear." Her comments about God appear to be blasphemous. The rationalizing of her obvious horrendous life choices are all cataloged here in this book for the entire world to see. She rationalizes her abortion, her promiscuity, and her obsession with pornography and on and on.She discusses her daughter and how she is raising her in this environment. The more the child knows the better choices she will make, seem to be the guidance plan for her little girl. For the truly voyeuristic, the author includes questions she has collected from college students that attend her lecture series and campus tours. She also includes the averaged results of a sex survey. She wntes that 29% of the men she surveyed are attracted to both men and women and that 43% of the women are attracted to both. According to Susie, the campus coeds are much more open-minded these days. Susie Bright's Sexual State of the Union is 251 pages in length including 2 pages of sources, a 12-page index, 2 pages of Content, 9 pages of introduction and 226 pages of light reading The book retails for $23.00 U.S. That price averages out to be around eleven cents per page. 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