HOUSTON VOICE / MARCH 29. 1996 7
by Glen Webber
Fool's Bold, and Other Fonts
One thing I enjoy about coming into the
Houston Voice office is getting a special
"preview" perspective on the news,
both through the wire services and the
many publications from other cities
that the Voice receives through subscriptions. We get gay newspapers from
all over the country, that provide a
wealth of news and information about the
gay communities they represent; we
also subscribe to the Associated Press,
so we get to see the latest news "hot off the
wire." Some of them are quite interesting. No, really! For example, take a look at
this sampling of the latest celebrity
"headline news" from the wires (as you
know, and as I've said before, the stars are
1. A 300 pound Elvis Presley was found
working at a peep show in Michigan.
When asked why he was working there, he
replied "Because I can see the shows for
2. Alex Baldwin was arrested when he
punched out the counter man at his favorite deli. The employee had asked Alex if he
wanled more cream in his coffee. Alex
claimed it was self-defense.
3. Demi Moore turned down a million
dollar offer to strip before a Saudi Prince.
She said, "The movie studios are willing
to pay me 12 million dollars, so why
should I do it for one million'.'"
4. It was reported that George Burns' last
words were. "You're sitting on my air
hose, I can't breathe."
5. Diana Ross is upset! Il seems that
lately, more and more people are having
trouble idling her apart from Ru Paul.
One man was heard saying "Which one is
the drag queen?"
6. Patti Labelle injured herself on one
of her hair pieces. They were able to save
the hairpiece, after surgery.
7. Fran Drescher's voice got stuck in
that high pitch she uses on her show The
Nanny. There is now a problem with stray
cats on the set.
8. Don Johnson's new show on CBS was
canceled when Don drove a Ferrari into a
wall and destroyed the car. Asked about the
incident, a network executive said
9. When asked why Mary Tyler Moore
bared her breast in her new movie, she
replied, "Because I paid 10,000 dollars
10. Richard Dreyfuss said he deserved
lo win an Oscar for his new movie. Instead
the Academy presented him with a giant
... APRIL FOOL! Bet you weren't expecting that at all. right? Okay, back to this
I love to read the gay papers. Their con
tent reveals the comfortable reality
that gay and lesbian communities the
world over have the same concerns that
our Houston community has. Each publication has its mix of political news,
community events, and every once in a
while, scandal. Gay-bashing is a seemingly universal problem as well, particularly gay men and lesbians being
attacked outside bars. New York is having a serious crime problem with a holdup
man now. You must always be on guard.
Of course, the obituaries are very sad.
Pictures of men and women in all age
groups dying of AIDS. Taken together, the
obits give a panoramic view of the range
of people—some very successful, all
loved by their friends and families, many
who were great contributors to their
communities—who succumb to this illness.
I also love to read the personal ads. They
range from guys looking for lovers to
guys looking for sex. With the amount of
ads being run, you would think no one is
getting it. I think running an ad might be
fun, because I'm not getting it either, hui I
don't know, because I haven't done it yet.
The Houston Voice is running a contest
for most creative ad. maybe I should try
it. I also notice, however, that many of the
ads have "HIV-negative" as a requirement for get-togethers. I guess that will
always be part of our community, the
haves and the have-nots. Do I think it is
right? Yes. Everyone has a right to specify whatever they want. I'm not offended
by it. I just hate being judged by it.
The columnists are also interesting.
Many good points are made about many
interesting topics, and as the election
draws close, there will be more interesting comments to be made.
Most of these papers have small staffs. We
here at the Houston Voice have a very small
staff. I have watched them put together this
paper, and I am amazed that they do such a
wonderful job. They are very dedicated
and caring. I hope you all appreciate the
hard work this staff of six (plus a handful of
helpful contributing writers) puts in.
They do a great job. I am so glad to be a small
part of it.
On a final note, in case you haven't heard
or figured it out, I got out of the hospital
last week and I'm feeling much better. I'd
like to say thank you to my family members who made my recent experience
First, I want to thank my sister for her
lovely letter (printed in last week's Voice
). I was very surprised and pleased. She
writes beautiful poetry, and last Christmas she gave me a tittle book she made of
her poems. I guess writing does run in the
Second, my parents were up to visit
while 1 was in the hospital. They are very
supportive of me, and I'm so grateful for
that. They went to a meeting of Bering
Support group on Wednesday and had a
real nice time.
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