December 12th, 2013

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Allen Wallace (1953 - December 12, 1992)

Allen Wallace was a former publicist and producer for the Lewitzky Dance Company and the Dance Gallery in L.A.

Allen Wallace, a dance producer, public relations agent and building preservationist, died on December 12, 1992, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where he lived. He was 39 years old.

He died of AIDS, said his companion, Michael Lombardo.

Mr. Wallace was the founder and director of Preservation Wayne, which preserves and restores buildings in Michigan and which was honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Then he joined the Martha Graham Center in Manhattan as director of special events and projects. In 1986 he moved to the Davidson & Choi Publicity agency in Los Angeles. He also became the director of public relations for the Dance Gallery and Lewitzky Dance Company.

In 1989 he co-founded the Performance Exchange International, a public relations and artists management organization.

Mr. Wallace was a graduate of Wayne State University and earned a master's degree in historical preservation at Boston University.

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Jasper Conran (born December 12, 1959)

Jasper Alexander Thirlby Conran OBE (born 12 December 1959) is an English fashion designer. He is the son of the designer Sir Terence Conran and the author Shirley Conran.

He was educated at Port Regis School and Bryanston School in the 1970s. He also studied at the Parsons School of Art and Design in New York, US

Jasper Conran's first collection was for Henri Bendel New York. In 1979, aged 19, he designed his first womenswear collection under his own name. The following year he was elected to the London Designer collections. Conran designed his first menswear collection in 1985.

In 1999, he began designing a signature range of stemware for Stuart Crystal and later for Waterford. In 2001, he launched a fine bone china tableware collection for Wedgwood.

In 1996, he launched his exclusive J line womenswear range for the Debenhams chain of UK department stores. Today that association has grown to include women's accessories, lingerie, hosiery, menswear, men's accessories, childrenswear, homeware and Luggage.

In 1994, he designed Lady Sarah Chatto's wedding and bridesmaid dresses. He also designed wedding dresses for Jasmine Guinness and Paula Yates. Conran launched his own made to measure bridal collection in 2007.

1996, Evening Dress. Black silk and viscose devoré velvet high-waisted and bias-cut evening dress with a gentle flare. Exhibition: The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 (V&A 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)

2006, Man's suit ensemble. Given by Christopher Breward. A single breasted dark grey ground jacket and matching trousers which is flecked with small sky blue and white stitches giving the appearance of dots. A sky blue and white shirt completes the outfit. The jacket has a flat collar and revers extending to a single button fastening centre front. There are flapped pockets at hip level that extend to the side seam. A welted pocket is found on the LH breast along with two vertical seams. There is padding at the shoulder seam, the sleeves are cut on the circular and have four black plastic buttons at the cuff. The rear of the jacket is constructed from two vertical panels with a seam running down the CB. The lower part of the jacket opens out to a flap. The jacket is lined with sky blue silk, cut in a curvilinear pattern with white piping. The trousers have have inset pockets at the side seams. There is a zipper fly and waist tab with two hook and eyes and an inner button of black mother of pearl. There are three mother of pearl buttons on both the RH and LH side seams of the waistband. The button to the rear of the waistband is attached to a semi-circular tab. The sky blue and white shirt fastens with six cream mother of pearl buttons. It has a collar and plackets from each single-button cuff. Worn by Christopher Breward for his civil partnership ceremony with James Brook, 18 August 2006. The suit, which is from Kilgour's ready to wear range, was purchased in the Kilgour shop on Savile Row, London. Exhibition: Unveiled: 200 years of wedding glamour from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington 17/12/2011-22/04/2012); The White Wedding Dress: 200 Years of Wedding Fashions (Bendigo Art Gallery 01/08/2011-06/11/2011)

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Jeremiah Sullivan (September 22, 1935 - December 12, 1993)

Jeremiah Sullivan (September 22, 1935 in New York City, New York - December 12, 1993 in Hollywood, California) was an actor and astrologer. He had recurring roles in TV's All My Children, Knots Landing, and Another World.

Jeremiah Sullivan, a theater and television actor and a professional astrologer, died on December 12, 1993, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. He was 58 and lived in New York City.

The cause was AIDS, said a friend, Joe Regan.

Mr. Sullivan received the Clarence Derwent Award in 1970 for his portrayal of a gravedigger in "A Scent of Flowers" at the Martinique Theater. At the Public Theater he was in the original cast of "The House of Blue Leaves" and "The Master and Margarita."

He made his Broadway debut in the 1957 play "Compulsion," and later performed in the 1979 Broadway musical "The Grand Tour." He was standby for Ian McKellen in the part of Salieri in the original 1980 Broadway production of "Amadeus" and played the part for several performances.

A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Sullivan also acted in productions at the Virginia Museum Theater, the Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Buffalo Studio Arena Theater and the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.

Among Mr. Sullivan's film roles was the part of a President of the United States in the 1982 movie "The Soldier." Mr. Sullivan also played Alexander Hamilton in "The Adams Chronicles" on public television, and had recurring roles in the "Knots Landing," "Guiding Light," "All My Children," "Another World" and "General Hospital" television series.

He was also an astrologer who had an international clientele.


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Van Johnson (August 25, 1916 – December 12, 2008)

Handsome hunk Van Johnson was one of the biggest stars in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, appearing in dozens of major films.

Johnson married former stage actress Eve Abbott (1914–2004) on January 25, 1947, the day after her divorce from actor Keenan Wynn was finalized. In 1948, the newlyweds had a daughter, Schuyler. By this marriage, Johnson had two stepsons, Edmond Keenan (Ned) and Tracy Keenan Wynn. The Johnsons separated in 1961 and their divorce was finalized in 1968. According to a statement by Eve Abbott Johnson, their marriage had been engineered by MGM: "They needed their 'big star' to be married to quell rumours about his sexual preferences and unfortunately, I was 'It'—the only woman he would marry." When Johnson’s marriage ended in a highly publicized divorce, it wasn’t because he left her for a younger woman. He left her for a younger man! (Evie always surrounded herself with gay men and was also very close to Tyrone Power.)

Johnson helped raise Evie’s two children from her marriage to Keenan Wynn. In fact, it was Johnson’s stepson Ned Wynn who outed him when Ned’s 1990 memoir “We Will Always Live in Beverly Hills” recounted the salacious details of his mother’s divorce from Johnson.

Johnson lived in a penthouse in the Sutton Place area of East 54th Street on Manhattan's East Side with his cat Fred until 2002, when he moved to Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living facility in Nyack, New York. After having been ill and receiving hospice care for the previous year, he died there on December 12, 2008. Wendy Bleisweiss, a close friend, indicated that he died of natural causes. His body was cremated. He died at age ninety-two.

Stern, Keith (2009-09-01). Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (Kindle Locations 6758-6763). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

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Paul Waters

Paul Waters was born and schooled in England, but says his real education did not begin until he was seventeen, when he ran away to sea.

He spent the next two years travelling the world on a tramp steamer. It was during this time, somewhere in the Indian Ocean, that he picked up a copy of Herodotus, and began a love affair with the classical world of Greece and Rome.

Later he returned to England and studied Classics at University College London. Since then he has lived and worked in France, Greece, America and southern Africa. He now lives in Cambridge, England.


Further Readings:

The Republic of Vengeance by Paul Waters
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Overlook TP; 1 edition (July 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590204743
ISBN-13: 978-1590204740
Amazon: The Republic of Vengeance
Amazon Kindle: The Republic of Vengeance

A consuming story of love, loss and redemption set in the classical world of Rome and Greece, Of Merchants & Heroes is the story of a young man's pursuit of his father's murderer and and of the values and qualities he develops that will make him a man...a man capable of a deep, noble and enduring love. At the end of the third century BC, as Republican Rome's long war with Carthage was at last drawing to a close, it was already threatened by a new enemy, Philip, the tyrant king of Macedon in the east...Into this turbulent world emerges our Roman hero, Marcus, whose father is brutally murdered by pirates on a journey from Italy to Corfu on a visit to his uncle. Fate takes him to some of the great cities of the Greco-Roman world at a time of major turbulence, where he learns much and finds love unexpectedly. This is a remarkable, beautifully written debut that explores political and philosophical questions that are timeless -- democracy and tyranny, war and self-defence, right and duty -- as well as questions of love, loyalty and betrayal.

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Best LGBT Erotica: Power Play Awakening by Rachel Haimowitz & Cat Grant

Considering I’m not a really big fan of BDSM novels, it’s with a little surprise that I must admit I liked this one; maybe cause the authors didn’t go into much details during the “scenes” and while I knew those mustn’t be without consequences for Brandon, it wasn’t like the authors were gloating on displaying his hurt. And that is strange cause Jonathan, the Dom, is a self-proclaimed sadist, and so he should enjoying it. But, maybe due to his physical presence, not at all intimidating, or maybe cause I could tell he really cared for Brandon, I had always had the feeling he was doing more for Brandon than for himself.

I didn’t read the first book in this series, pretty obvious it was about how Brandon met Jonathan and how they ended up knowing each other; from what I gathered it didn’t span a lot on a time perspective, Brandon ran away from his Master/slave contract with Jonathan almost at the beginning, save coming back asking Jonathan to take him back and that is where the second book start. But even if basically this is one story divided into two books, I didn’t miss the first one; I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be the same if you stop to the first book.

This is Brandon’s education to the BDSM world, everything is pretty much evolving around him, or inside his mind, that is the reason why we really don’t know Jonathan and his reason. Truth be told, to me was pretty clear he was deeply attached to Brandon, and it sounded strange he was willing to let him go at the end of their six-months contract. So maybe we didn’t need any more insight on Jonathan, cause Jonathan was open to the reader with his desires and expectation, while instead the troubled character was Brandon. What Brandon wants is no clear, does he want money or love, temporary or commitment?

I appreciated that Jonathan was able to push Brandon to his limits while at the same time respecting his fears. If I have to find a reason to go back to the first book is to find out how the authors managed to introduce Jonathan and his role as a Dom, when from an outside point of view he is totally at the opposite: very small, smaller than Brandon, younger even (only few months) and with elflike feature… the only thing making him bigger than Brandon is money. I loved this contrast, and it was a confirmation that appearances don’t matter, the attitude is what counts.

Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 11, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193755144X
ISBN-13: 978-1937551445
Amazon: Power Play: Awakening (Volume 2)
Amazon Kindle: Power Play: Awakening (Volume 2)

Series: Power Play
1) Power Play: Resistance
2) Power Play: Awakening


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