Notice: Death of "Larry Townsend" 1930-2008 r.i.p ~Video Memorial Posted~

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<Please excuse me if you have already seen a copy of this, but it is just easier for me to post this as an event on all my Tribes than to check each and every one of my numerous Tribes. To that end should an actual event be scheduled as a memorial to him &/or a funeral service please let me know so that I may post that information. Also I need contact information so that I may send a high-quality file/DVD to the friend, partner or relative of "Larry Townsend"..

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It may have already been posted here but it has been reported that well-known gay leather writer Larry Townsend died yesterday following an illness. I've reproduced the original post which I received and will provide any updates here as they come in. You are welcomed to forward this on to other mailing lists & Tribes of interest.

I was moved by the life and times of Larry Townsend, so I did what I do best, and that is to make a video presentation of him and the numerous books he authored. I call them "presentations" because they are usually given as a "present" on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby pics, family histories, etc. I am also called upon to produce memorial tribute videos to honor the memory of those who have passed as a way to remember them. Fortunately, I am not called upon to do this often, yesterday, on my birthday no less, I spent the day, really countless hours to produce this In Memoriam for Larry Townsend, r.i.p..

I actually made three versions and have posted then on my YouTUBE 'GShots' 'KinkChannel'.

I hope you will be as moved in viewing it as I was in making it.


P.S. If anyone has contact information for thepartner, family &/or friends of Larry Townsend who may be preparing a eulogy or memorial funeral service for him please send me information at . Thanks.


This is the original posting I saw on other lists:

Some sad news, forwarded from Jack Fritscher:

Larry Townsend
27 October 1930 - 29 July 2008

Spill a drop for lost brothers ...

"Larry Townsend was the pseudonymous author of dozens of books including "Run
Little Leather Boy" (1970) and "The Leatherman's Handbook" (1972)
at pioneer erotic presses such as Greenleaf Classics and the Other Traveler imprint of
Olympia Press.Growing up as a teenager of Swiss-German extraction in Los Angeles
a few houses from Noel Coward and Irene Dunne, he ate cookies with his
neighbor Laura Hope Crews who was Aunt Pittypat in Gone with the Wind. He attended
the prestigious Peddie School, and was stationed as Staff Sergeant in charge of
NCOIC Operations of Air Intelligence Squadrons for nearly five years with the
US Air Force in Germany (1950-1954). Completing his tour of duty, he entered
into the 1950s underground of the LA leather scene where he and Montgomery
Clift shared a lover. With his degree in Industrial Psychology from UCLA (1957),
he worked in the private sector and as a probation officer with the Forestry
Service. He began his pioneering activism in the politics of gay liberation in
the early 1960s. In 1972, as president of the "Homophile Effort for Legal
Protection" (H.E.L.P.) which had been founded in 1969 to defend gays during
and after arrests, he led a group in founding the H.E.L.P. Newsletter, the forebear
of Drummer (1975). As a writer and photographer, he was an essential
eyewitness of the drama and salon around Drummer in which his novels were often
excerpted. His signature "Leather Notebook" column appeared in Drummer
for twelve years beginning in1980, and continued in Honcho to Spring 2008. His last novel,
"Time Masters," was published April 2008."

This new thumbnail biography, approved and updated by Larry Townsend, is
reprinted from the leather-heritage book "Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer"
which, published June 20, 2008, also includes Larry’s "Eyewitness
Introduction," his last published writing.


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