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Title Montrose Voice, No. 337, April 10, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date April 10, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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 8 MONTROSE VOICE/APRIL 10, 1987 A Cruise to Remember "Doing America with Bob Damron" by Dan Delbex And it certainly was. When I was first approached with the idea of taking an all gay cruise it did not entirely thrill me. The thought of being in a somewhat confined area with 750 gay men and women I equated with being at a gay freedom day parade and not being able to leave, but I was soon proved wrong. It all began in New Orleans, the port of embarkation, where days before one could observe the steady trickle of potential passengers, for it was written in their eyes. Even the bars were beginning to resemble a bit of Mardi Gras three weeks past- Arriving at the pier on Saturday morning I was taken aback by the line of passengers waiting to check in. You could certainly tell these people didn't want to miss one moment. My surprise with the throngs of people was only overwhelmed by the number of bags that were being checked. It is only a one week cruise but everybody's a Duchess. The cruise line, the S.S. Bermuda Star, reports three times the normal amount of luggage checked in. Once the gear was stowed, we proceeded down the Mississippi for what would turn out to be a true vacation experience. The passengers constituted a broad group of ages and personalities and were not lacking for pretty faces and bodies. Yet steroids aside, the interaction and ambience relating between fellow passengers was a wonderful sight. As one individual said, "The adventure begins when attitudes are left behind" and after the second day we all became much more relaxed with one another. The entertainment was far superior to any other cruise I have been on before. Rita Moreno, the headliner, cancelled due to a family emergency but there was no lack for entertainers at all. Wayland and Madame were in rare and wonderfully trite form, while Celeste, the cabaret singer from New York served as the perfect cruise hostess. Gotham, a comedy/ singing trio also from New York were always on their toes and giving a great performance. Tom Ammiano, a very timely comedian from San Francisco, kept me rolling on the floors during and out of his shows. For those in for a more serious mode of entertainment, authors Armistead Maupin and Quentin Crisp gave excellent full circle readings and conversations. The ship certainly did not lack for parties and excitement. The disco and piano bar were always going until the wee hours of the morning. But perhaps the most outrageous event was the costume party. (3ln 3Hemortam MIKE MIESCH Mike Miesch died Wednesday, April 1,1987 at Jefferson Davis Hospital of complications due to AIDS. He served for several years as co- producer of KPFT's Wilde 'n' Stein radio program. Mike is survived by his sister, Toni Perkins, his mother, two brothers and several friends. A memorial gathering will be held Satur day, April 11, at KPFT, 419 Lovett. Call them at 526-4000 for the time of the gathering. The Mississippi River from aboard the SS Bermuda Star Now I know why there are three times the normal amount of luggage, a single steamer was needed just for some ofthe headdresses. It could have been dubbed "Mardi Gras on the high seas" I personally enjoyed watching the shipboard romances that ensued and changed, practically on a daily basis. I would love to get into stories of those certain revolving doors but I best save that for a Harlequin novel. The ports of call, with the exception of Key West, were not too exciting. But I feel that when one takes a cruise the real enjoyment can be found at sea. The welcome we received at Key West was truly befitting a royal visit. Many of the town's citizens had either come to the dock to greet us or had opened up their places of business for special tours and parties. The other two ports, both in Mexico, were Cozumel and Playa del Carmen del Maranda. They were good for ninety cent margueritas and Aca Joe clothes, but that was about it. After speaking with well over 100 people and gathering their views on the cruise, I would estimate that 80 percent of the passengers would take another gay cruise and of those at least 50 percent booked again for next year. One person who came on alone said, "taking this cruise as a single was the best thing I could have ever done." I was also curious as to the interpretation of the women on board. Said one lady from California, "I did not feel intimidated at all by the lack of women Dignified Service for Less Direct Burial or Cremation CRETTIATIOTI SERU1CE luTERTlATlOTlAL® Operated by James H. Murphy Funeral Homes priced m9^ ^^ ^% MB 692-5555 ... 363-9999 Dignified Service for Less on the ship. I enjoyed the total group and hope that other gay women will see their way to join in on this event." Now if I were asked my thoughts on a repeat voyage (for those of you who care), I would say judging on the cruise line itself, I would not go again. But for what the Bermuda Star lacked, the R.S.V.P. staff surely made up for; and for that reason, I would not hestitate to rebook. I cannot pass on this article without mentioning the great group of people we had at our table nightly. A sort of instant family for the week, and new friends for some time to come. Sylvester and his lover Rick really helped to make it a great table. A cruise is not generally a cheap vacation. In fact, you should plan on spending anywhere from $1,000 on up (depending on your spending habits in ports of call). Taking into consideration that this includes your food and gratuities it is quite a reasonable holiday. The food, although not being four star, is a definite two trying to push three. I found that the food improved as the cruise rolled on; however, the midnight buffets always seem to lack quality. If you enjoy having fun, meeting new people, making new friends, rekindling old friendships or old loves, this is a vacation for you. I must hand it to R.S.V.P., for what they have done is no small undertaking and the detail to which it has all been completed has definitely made this a cruise to remember and relive. ouston FLOWERS & GIFTS European and Tropical Cut Flowers, Plants, Fruit & Gourmet Baskets, Imported Chocolates, and Stuffed Toys Available. 1811 Indiana at Dunlavy 523-3791 Major Credit Cards Accepted BOB CAREY Bob Carey, 46, died Friday, April 3, 1987 at his home in Houston. Bob graduated from South Padre Island High School in Beaumont, Texas in 1955. For the next 10 years he lived his dream singing and dancing in theater in New York City. He returned to Texas to fulfill his next dream which was training and raising tho- roughbread horses at his Virdessa Farms in Silsbee, Texas, He lived in Houston for approximately the last 10 years, continuing his acting career by owning and operating "Action Packed Grams Inc.," a novelty telegram service. Bob was preceded in death by his lover of 27 years, Bob, who died unexpectedly of a year attack a year-and-a-half ago. His ashes will be buried at sea. Bob had a full life which included many friends. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 12 at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, 8915 Timberside (off S. Braeswood, between Stella Link and Buffalo Speedway} at 4:00 p.m. CHUCK BUFORD HAMMONS January 27, 1942—March 6, 1987 Chuck passed way on March 6, 1987 at the Institute for Immunological Disorders. He is survived by his parents, Ruby and Guss Hammons of Monroe, La., and lifemate, Robert Badlato of Houston. Chuck has been a Montrose resident for the past 15 years and is dearly loved and remembered by all his friends and loved ones. At Chuck's request, no memorial service will be held. The kindness and concern from so many has been heartwarming and greatly appreciated by his loved ones. Our love always, Robert, Jim, Bill, Helen, Susan, Corey and Jay, OUR POLICY: The Montrose Voic s. and friends o II Friends o n in person (not by mai ol our readers, wilh an atives should provide us with inlorma- Montrose Voice If s The Place to Advertise
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