"We met for the first time in September 1993. Jeff had been in California for barely three months and had been encouraged by a co-worker to get involved in community theatre. The first thing was to usher several performances of Jesus Christ Superstar. The next was to have a walk-on in Lettice and Lovage. This is where we first encountered each other as Will was the light board operator.
After that there were many “hellos” and “nice to see you agains” at theatre events over the next two years.
In March 1995 we got cast together in It Runs in The Family. Jeff played a ditzy doctor and Will played a rebellious 20-something in this farce set in a hospital. We quickly discovered we had lots in common: a love of ABBA, movies, 70s television and more.
Will took it upon himself to find out more about Jeff by asking our mutual friend, Clint, for details.
Jeff Adams & Will Knauss met in September 1993 and married on September 7, 1997. Jeff Adams's first novel was released in September 2013: Hat Trick is a story he has loved working on for nearly more than six years. Will Knauss is a writer of Cool Cinema Trash and he is working on a novel and various short story projects. "After more than six months of getting to know one another and “going out,” we decided to move in together. We signed the lease for our present home on Valentine’s Day 1996."
Meanwhile Jeff was doing the same thing, except he didn’t know that Will was going to make a move first.
On May 1, 1995, we met up to take in a showing of the remake of Village of the Damned at the Eureka Theater. Afterwards we walked back to Jeff’s car, parked at the corner of 7th and F streets and talked for hours (sometime after midnight). Finally Jeff said he had to go because he had work the next morning and even had things to do before bed to prepare for the next day.
It was then that Will finally said what had been on his mind: “Will you go out with me.”
That led to another flurry of talking and we became a couple — albeit a quiet one. We spent tons of time together after that night talking and getting to know each other more. Clint was thrilled that we’d decided to go out and we were quickly becoming the talk of our friends as we were seen everywhere together.
We finally went public sometime around late May/early June with our relationship and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
After more than six months of getting to know one another and “going out,” we decided to move in together. We signed the lease for our present home on Valentine’s Day 1996.
On May 1, 1996, Jeff brought Will back to the corner of 7th and F and proposed marriage and put a ring on his finger.
The wedding took place on September 7, 1997 at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre with family and friends gathered to witness our commitment to each other."
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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