Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Passionate Pilgrim: Wade West

IT'S BEGINING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE...
Now wait a minute ...let's go back in time when it's November 1995--- yet up on the news stands (all month already) has been the December issue of Playgirl.  The December issue?  Somewhere along the way, Playgirl began to publish one month ahead, and thus the reason why we have a Thanksgiving pictorial inside a December Playgirl magazine issue.  Here's the covers for October, November and December 1995: 

The December cover (above) advertises "Goggle Him Up" in reference to Wade and their "Steamy Thanksgiving Photo Fantasy."  Blonde with the smooth body of a swimmer, Wade West also went by the stage name of Wade Cane and he seems to have had a busy year performing in smut during 1995.  In addition to Playgirl, he also performed in three gay sex videos: "Centerspread 3 The fetish edition," "Freshman Fever," and "The Magic Bed."  More about his bottom-starring gay smut career in part two.
THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM






COMING IN PART TWO
OF THIS FEAST FOR THE EYES:
MORE WADE, INCLUDING HIS GAY PORN CAREER.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gene Meyer

We have Denny Denfield to thank for photographing the ruggedly beautiful Gene Meyer back in the 1950's.  It must have been an exhilarating photo shoot for both men, as Gene flexed his muscles in the sunny outdoors and Denny captured his masculinity .  Curly, burly and definitely hairy in all the places where it counts on a young man--it's easy to see why Gene was a favorite of studios like Athletic Modeling Guild.  Depending upon the photo shoot, Gene appeared with either a hairy torso or shaved. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

We Love Our Men in Uniforms





Thank You Veterans, both Gay and Straight.  

The times are changing for the better, as now everyone can serve and be honest about who they are and who they love, without fear of being discharged or disgraced.  That was not the case when VGMH first began honoring this national holiday.


VGMH salutes men and women with a mission-to protect and serve their country. 












World War I — known at the time as “The Great War” — officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, but fighting actually ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, went into effect between the Allied nations and Germany on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”


In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades, public meetings, and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.  World War II and the Korean War created millions of additional war veterans beside those the First World War already honored by Armistice Day. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars.


The Uniform Holiday Bill, signed in 1968, was intended to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Monday: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. The fourth Monday in October was established as the new date for the observance of Veterans Day, to take effect in 1971. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971.


 
It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, so in 1975 President Gerald Ford signed legislation to return the federal observance of Veterans Day to Nov. 11, based on popular support throughout the nation.  The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to Nov. 11, not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of county, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.





Thursday, November 6, 2014

Vintage Bobby

Bobby Madison was a popular performer in 1980's gay erotica.  Bobby also worked as Brian Michaels and he appeared mostly for Matt Sterling and William Higgins productions. Known for his thick and bushy black hair, Bobby sucked, topped, and bottomed his way through pre-condom 1980's porn.  Among his films were Leo & Lance (1983), Brother Load (1983), A Matter of Size (1983), The Bigger the Better (1984), Pipeline (1984), The French Lieutenant's Boys (1984 with Doug Weston), and Below the Belt (1985).  He reportedly retired from the porn industry in 1986 following his last movie, In Heat.  
Of all the 1980's films that Bobby performed in, one that has becomesomething of a classic of the pre-condom fucking genre is Brother Load.  As the movie liner notes describe: "Brother Load focuses on the sexcapades of two sets of brothers and their buddies in a story that breaches the Pacific, from central California's farmlands to Hawaii's virgin shores. Sibling rivalry? There's none of that to be found here!"   The production values are good and the sex is hot.

 



Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Hottie


Handsome Derrek Diamond performed in smut and then, like so many gentlemen who made the same decision to drop their trousers before him, just as easily decided to retire from the business a few years ago.   It's reported that his journey began by being discovered at the Randy Blue Studio and then later he became a Raging Stallion exclusive model.   Lucky for us, he left a great collection of Eros to continue to enjoy to this day, including a very-red-themed Playgirl.com (romantic?) photo shoot.  But in stark contrast to the roses and red velvet robe of the Playgirl images, there's also something that's a little extra special about some of Derrek's work, and well, the names of some of these videos probably speak for themselves: Flogs for Fuck (Bound  Gods), Pledgemaster, The Hazing, and Skuff 4, Downright Fierce, which includes this synopsis:  "Race Cooper leans on his Harley down a deserted alley, his chiseled torso glowing in the moonlight. Innocent looking cruiser Derrek Diamond sees him and approaches with caution. Cooper removes his thick leather collar and secures it on Diamond, making him is willing submissive. After forcing his thick cock down Diamond's throat he leans him over and dives into his fat round ass. With his hole wet and ready, Diamond leans on a lamppost to receive Cooper's rod. Hungry for more fucking, Diamond retrieves a mattress from a pile of deris and lies down so Cooper can pound him harder."  It's a great reminder that actors and models perform many roles and that the really talented folks are able to give outstanding performances no matter what the part calls for. 
 
If there was a kinky side to some of his performances that made him popular with select audiences, there was also a mainstream audience that will recognize Derrek for decades to come from the still-popular 2010 film Tales of the Arabian Nights.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1989: 'Halloween' and the horror of AIDS


"Halloween Parade"
A highlight and sad point of Lou Reed’s 1989 album New York, Halloween Paradeis as evocative as it is chilling even to this day. Through a processional cast of characters, the song chronicles the decade’s AIDS epidemic and the friends that Lou Reed lost to it. While most in show biz were running away from gays, Lou didn't forget or pretend to not know those who helped to create his life.  This song refers to the once-popular Halloween parade, which by 1989 was a death march for many who had suffered from AIDS.  It is a commentary on the sad times, between the LPs Romeo Had Juliette” and the Dickensian Dirty Blvd and tries to describe the horror that"everything is alright in my safe heterosexual world" attitudes of many, while the gay rights and victories of the 1970's were washed away by many who just wanted the sick queers to go away.

There's a down town fairy singing out "Proud Mary"
As she cruises Christopher Street
And some Southern Queen is acting loud and mean
Where the docks and the Badlands meet

This Halloween is something to be sure
Especially to be here without you

There's a Greta Garbo and an Alfred Hitchcock
And some black Jamaican stud
There's five Cinderellas and some leather drags
I almost fell into my mug

There's a Crawford, Davis and a tacky Cary Grant
And some Homeboys lookin' for trouble down here from the Bronx

But there ain't no Hairy and no Virgin Mary
You won't hear those voices again
And Johnny Rio and Rotten Rita
You'll never see those faces again

This Halloween is something to be sure
Especially to be here without you

There's the Born Again Losers and the Lavender Boozers
And some crack team from Washington Heights
The boys from Avenue B and the girls from Avenue D
A Tinkerbell in tights

This celebration somehow gets me down
Especially when I see you're not around

There's no Peter Pedantic saying things romantic
In Latin, Greek or Spic
There's no Three bananas or Brandy Alexander
dishing all their tricks

It's a different feeling that I have today
Especially when I know you've gone away

There's a girl from Soho with a teeshirt saying "I Blow"
She's with the "jive five 2 plus 3"
And the girls for pay dates are giving cut rates
Or else doing it for free

The past keeps knock, knock, knocking on my door
And I don't want to hear it anymore

No consolations please for feelin' funky
I got to get my head above my knees
But it makes me mad and mad makes me sad
And then I start to freeze

In the back of my mind I was afraid it might be true
In the back of my mind I was afraid that they meant you

The Halloween Parade
At the Halloween parade
At the Halloween parade
See you next year, at the Halloween parade






Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bo Richards

In 1980 Bo appeared in the Nova Studios short Mr. Fixit.   If you really want to see this performance (he masturbates on a car) it was included in The Cruiser, a collection of five unrelated loops.  In addition to Bo Richards, The Cruiser starred Bud Wilson, Chuck Stears, Clay Cooper, Clay Hughes, Clay Russell, Dale Arnold, Ken Foxx, Mark Kropp, Paul Mackie, Ron Stevens, and Wes Harding.  Interestingly, below are advertisements (for film and video) that reflect the changing world of adult entertainment in the 1980's as videos opened up the market for erotic products compared to films that required a home projector to view.
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Parker


What better way to spend a crisp sunny autumn afternoon, than enjoying a nice outdoor shower and giving the ol' boner some fresh air with a walk in the freshly-mowed grass?  Parker is certainly a man who looks able to rise to any occasion.  Playgirl online featured this refreshing hunk.