Childhood


1964

Spring:
My first gay memory: of men hugging.  I'm 3 1/2 years old, living in a small town in Northeastern Indiana.  Dad just got out of the navy, and is working in a factory.














1965

Spring:
1.  My second gay memory: I chase the boy with the guitar.
2. Dad throws my Book of Cute Boys out the window.

Summer:
1. The Muscles of Morris Street
2. We move to Racine, Wisconsin.  Our house is on Kewaunee Street, near Lake Michigan.

Fall:
1. Kindergarten at Hansche Elementary School.
2. The bodybuilder on the beach.
3. My first bulge sighting.







1966

Spring:

Grandma Prater dies.

Summer:

Grandma Davis takes me to Indianapolis to meet  the President of the United States  (The President's not cute.)

Fall:
First grade at Hansche Elementary School.








1967

Spring:
What's funny about kissing a cute boy?

Summer:
We visit South Carolina and Florida (The Boy named Twilight.)

Fall:
1. Second grade at Hansche Elementary School.
2. The marvelous dollhouse,
3. I marry Doug, the boy next door.







Spring 1968

I help corrupt a Mean Boy



















Summer 1968

June:
Why I love the word "divorce"

July:

1. I get a glimpse of Cousin Joe's "shame"
2. We move to Rock Island, Illinois.  Our house is on 41st Street, just north of Denkmann Elementary School.
3. Finding a third grade boyfriend

August:









Fall 1968

Sept:
Third grade at Denkmann.

Oct:
A boy invites me on my first date.

Nov:
My sister is born. My first sleepover: Going to Bed with the Boy Next Door.

Dec..
Indiana for Christmas






Spring 1969

Jan:

Feb:

I meet Bill, my first real boyfrienda reformed Mean Boy who lives two blocks away.  Together through sixth grade.

March:

April:

May:






Summer 1969

June:
1. A week in Indiana.  Uncle Paul gets married (I see the naked man in the peat bog; My Best Man)
2. A week camping in Minnesota.

July:

1. Nick rescues me from the Face of Pure Evil
2. Cruising at the bookmobile, I get my first hookup.

August:









Fall 1969

Sept:
Fourth grade at Denkmann.  My first Asian boyfriend.

Oct:

My first kiss, from Greg the boy vampire.

Nov:
Indiana for Thanksgiving

Dec:
Indiana for Christmas.






Spring 1970

Jan:

Feb:

March:

April:

May:
Captain Ernie and his first mate.








Summer 1970

June:
1. The joys of playing outside
2. A week in Indiana (The Naked Ghost at the Crossroads)
3. Camping in Minnesota  and Canada (Roadside beefcake).

July:

1. My swimming teacher promises Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

2. Nazarene Summer Camp.

August:







Fall 1970

Sept:
1. Fifth grade at Denkmann
2. The Naked Indian god at the pow wow

Oct:
1. Bill and I become a Mama and a Papa.
2. What is gym class for?

Nov:

Dec:
Indiana for Christmas.  I try to see Uncle Edd's Gun






Spring 1971

Jan:
I think my judo master is gay.

Feb:
A boy seduces me during wild night: pancakes, massage, and a wiener.

March:
1. We visit my Indian relatives in Michigan.  My First Indian Sausage Sighting and BDSM Scene.

April:
I turn Japanese.

May:

Randy  the  Golden Boy, in his Underwear







Summer 1971

June:
1. A week in Indiana: My Grandpa Prater's Wrestling Moves
2. We visit my Cousin George in South Carolina: "only fools wear pajamas".  
3. I fall asleep in a sailor's arms.

July:

1. Bill and I rebel against  "discovering girls."
2. At Nazarene Summer Camp, The Sanderson Boys get naked.

August:







Fall 1971


Sept:
1. Sixth grade at Denkmann.
2. I have a crush on Mr. Davis, my "uncle," the math teacher.  Years later I hook up with him.

Oct:


Nov:

Indiana for Thanksgiving (Cousin Phil's Boyfriend)

Dec:

While "babysitting" Brian, I hear about gay people for the first time.







Spring 1972

Jan:

Feb:

March:

April:

May:
Bill and I find "A Little Bit O'Heaven"







Summer 1972

June:
1. A week in Indiana. Cousin Buster and I get God mad
2. A week camping in Michigan and Canada (Cousin Phil's Boyfriend).

July:


At Nazarene Summer Camp, Marty shows me how to go past first base 

August:




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