Henry Willson's infamous all-male parties in the Hollywood Hills. In a studio attempt to quell gay rumors, Willson gave them "manly" names consisting of a single-syllable (Van, Rock, Tab, Nick, Guy) followed by a recognizable Anglo sirname (Williams, Hudson, Hunter, Adams, Madison).
Born in 1922, former physique model Guy Madison (second from left) stood out from the crowd of Hollywood hunks by displaying his physique whenever possible. He had no qualms about shirtless and swimsuit shots and even full frontal nudity. In fact, he was the inspiration for the term "beefcake," first introduced in 1949.
Andy Devine, who played his hefty, braying sidekick, went on to star in Andy's Gang on 1950s children's tv.
1950s Western buddy-bonding and wasn't particularly interested in girls.
Although rumored to be gay, Guy was married and divorced twice. He died in 1996.
May 28, 2015
May 26, 2015
Beefcake and Bonding in Old Photographs
This blog is all about past moments, but I'm reliving and re-invigorating them. They're not frozen.
They're not placed carefully into albums but stacked in boxes along with other mementos of yesteryear. They like going through them and remembering.
These are the ones I wonder about.
They aren't random selfies. Someone had to buy flash bulbs and film, take the picture, then send the film to a lab to be developed and pay for the finished product.
They were deliberate. They were important. And someone was there.
Surely some of them were gay. This moment is but one of thousands of days, thousands of nights, thousands of memories.
See also: Finding the Gay Men in Old Photographs
May 25, 2015
Richard Dean Anderson
After MacGyver, Anderson got swept up into the world of Stargate, an interplanetary portal, which spawned three series: Stargate SG 1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2006), and Stargate Universe (2009-2010). I haven't seen any of them, but I understand that the 2009 series had a lesbian character, Camille (Ming-Na).
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