In the early 1980s, Adam Geiger, then an executive with NCR, attended a conference in San Francisco and met the composer and musicologist Paul Attinello. With encouragement from him and other friends, Geiger resigned his job and set up a home studio in San Diego with several pianos and keyboards. From 1982 to 1989, working on his own and with Lura Jane Geiger, he produced and sold a series of cassette tapes of New Age music on the LuraMedia recording label.
"Adam enjoyed his creative life immensely, and was always happy that he had launched his own music business…Adam’s later life, and death, seemed remarkably peaceful and fulfilled." (Paul Attinello)
Adam Martin Geiger died of AIDS in San Diego on March 17, 1991. —Nurit Tilles
Dr Lura Jane Smith Geiger (Feb. 13, 1921, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri - Apr. 25, 2009, Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA) often called Lo, was born in Kansas City, Mo., on February 13, 1921, to Arline and Lynwood H. Smith. She attended Sunset Hill School, Wellesley College, and was a graduate of the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
She married Edward William Geiger, Jr., in 1942, and moved to Leavenworth. In 1949, she and Bill founded Geiger Ready-Mix Co., where Lura was secretary-dispatcher and loaded trucks. Along with raising four children, she coached a synchronized swim team, the Aquadettes, an AAU diving team, and AAU basketball team. She spent seven years as a member of the USGA Junior Girls Committee, developing junior golf programs all over the state of Kansas. Serving on the Leavenworth Recreation Commission, she introduced Tot-Lot playgrounds to Leavenworth. Lura was an elder at the First Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school classes for children and adults for many years.
Lura moved to LaJolla, Calif., where she received her Ph.D. in psychology from International College and practiced psychotherapy at the Center for Growth, LaJolla Presbyterian Church. She and her son Adam Geiger founded LuraMedia Press, and published books and meditation tapes for women seeking spiritual growth. After her husband, Bill, and son Adam died, she returned to Leavenworth to be with her family, to watch the Kansas Jayhawks play basketball and to travel with her children and grandchildren.
She died April 25, 2009, in her home surrounded by family and friends.
Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (January 14, 2004)
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The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.
Lifting the'veil of AIDS,' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade.
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