Married: July 30, 2013
Peter Weltner grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey and in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina, though his true home as a boy was Manhattan, where his family was from and his deeper roots were planted. Weltner received his A.B. from Hamilton College and his Ph.D. from Indiana University. In August 1969, he moved to San Francisco. 1969 to 1972 for him were "three years of the usual coming-out craziness and joy." In the fall of 1973, Weltner met Bob Mohr with whom he lived on Telegraph Hill for the next seven years. Friends introduced Peter and Atticus in 1986 when Atticus had just quit his job at Valley Medical Center, moved to San Francisco, and begun graduate school. Carr received his MSW from San Jose State University in 1988. The son of a military man in a large family, Atticus moved often until they settled first in Salinas, then in San Jose, California. Like Atticus, all his siblings have been employed in compassionate professions, dedicated to helping others. He has been working exclusively with people with HIV since 1990.
Together since 1986: 29 years.
Atticus Carr (born January 17, 1954)
Peter Weltner (born May 12, 1942)
Anniversary: July 4, 1986 / Married: July 30, 2013
Atticus Carr and I met near the first of the Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park at a picnic given by friends on July 4, 1986. A couple since that day, we were married under the rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall on July 30, 2013. In 2006, I retired from teaching modern and contemporary American and British literature at San Francisco State University. I am the author of twelve books, both of fiction (The Risk of His Music, How the Body Prays) and poetry (The Outerlands, To the Final Cinder). Atticus is an LCSW at Santa Clara County's PACE clinic serving people with HIV. We live near the Pacific, a few blocks south from where we met, and devote our time together to working at home, reading, going to concerts, watching movies, sharing meals with friends, and talking. On the day we met, near dark, after the picnic was over, we walked, just the two of us, to China Beach, talking about books we'd read and movies we'd liked and our pasts. Even that soon, something in both of us had already told us we would be together for the rest of our lives. We have been having a lovely, wide, and fascinating conversation with one another ever since. -Peter Weltner
Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
Release Date: September 21, 2014
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