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It Happened Today: February 4

Bobby Blume (January 30, 1956 - February 4, 1984): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4177706.html

Bobby Blume achieved an Artist Certificate in flute, piano and composition from Westchester Conservatory of Music and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. He taught at Cooper Music Studios as well as privately. Blume was music director and/or rehearsal pianist in over 100 community theater and semi-professional productions, and was the house pianist at The Comic Strip Nightclub in New York. He orchestrated two musicals and was pianist and musical director for various club acts.

Evan Wolfson & Cheng He: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4178050.html

Evan Wolfson is an American attorney and gay rights advocate. He is the founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a group favoring same-sex marriage in the United States. Wolfson and his husband Cheng He, a change-management consultant with a Ph.D. in molecular biology, reside in NYC. They married on October 15, 2011. They met in 2002, and in 2008, Wolfson proposed: “Dear Cheng ... As we travel life’s journey, I’d be lost without you. Let’s travel together. Will you marry me? Love, Evan.”

Fred Hunter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4179387.html

Fred Hunter is the author of eight previous novels in the Ransom/Charters series as well as five novels in the Alex Reynolds series. He lives in Chicago. In Capital Queers, Alex Reynolds and his lover Peter Livesay discover that a mysterious cult has killed friends of theirs over their friends' accidental possession of a stolen religious artifact. Now, Alex, Peter, and Alex's mother have inherited their friends' annoying dog Muffin as well as the unwanted and deadly attention of the killers.

Liberace & Scott Thorson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4177656.html

Władziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987), mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist and vocalist. In 1982, Scott Thorson, Liberace's 22-year-old former chauffeur and live-in lover of five years, sued the pianist for $113 million in palimony after he was let go by Liberace. Liberace continued publicly to deny that he was homosexual and insisted that Thorson was never his lover. The case was settled out of court in 1986, with Thorson receiving a $75000 settlement.

Lucius Beebe, Jerome Zerbe & Charles Clegg: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4178558.html

Charles Clegg (1916-1979) was an American author, photographer, and railroad historian. Clegg is primarily remembered as the lifelong companion of famed railroad author Lucius Beebe (1902-1966), and was a co-author of many of Beebe's best-known books. They met in 1940 and continued the writing, photography, and travel that had marked their lives until Beebe's death from a heart attack in 1966. Clegg committed suicide in 1979, on the day that he reached the precise age at which Beebe had died.

Neal Cassady & Allen Ginsberg: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4178308.html

Neal Cassady was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic and counterculture movements of the 1960s. He was prominently featured as himself in the original "scroll" version, and served as the model for the character Dean Moriarty, in Jack Kerouac's 1957 version of On the Road. Cassady had a sexual relationship with Allen Ginsberg, whom he met in 1947, which lasted off and on for the 20 years, and he traveled with both Kerouac and Ginsberg on multiple occasions.

Ronnie Robertson & Tab Hunter: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4178766.html

Ronald "Ronnie" Robertson (born September 25, 1937 in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania; died February 4, 2000 in Fountain Valley, California) was an American figure skater who was best known for his spinning ability. He won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics and twice won the silver at the World Figure Skating Championships. In the 1950s, he had a close personal and sexual relationship with Tab Hunter, who also helped fund his amateur career. Robertson was coached by Gustave Lussi.

Sascha Brastoff (October 23, 1918 - February 4, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4179129.html

Sascha Brastoff was a potter, metal sculptor, and jewelry designer. In 1947, he opened his first ceramic plant in Los Angeles, selling hand-painted earthenware. In 1952, with backing from Winthrop Rockefeller, Brastoff opened a new factory, and in 1953 a showroom that eventually employed more than 100 people. In 1960, the business began to decline, and in 1962 Brastoff suffered a nervous collapse and left the company, which continued to sell wares under his name until it finally closed in 1973.

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