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Do You Know Who Patsy Kelly Was?

For a long time most Hollywood actors (and people for that matter) were not out.  To openly proclaim oneself to be a gay man or a Lesbian was to commit professional suicide and it could also put your life in jeopardy.  However, there was one… During the thirties and forties Patsy Kelly was a successful […]

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US Armed Services and Purple Discharges for Homosexuals

World War II was the first war in which the Armed Services established rules against allowing homosexuals to serve.  However, the kinds of questions psychiatrists devised to detect homosexuals were pretty silly.  They would ask a male inductee things like, “Do you like girls?” and this man could answer quite honestly “yes,”  because he didn’t […]

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Little Known Facts About The Stage Door Canteen

In the second half of my novel,  JULIANA, World War 2 breaks out.  Alice’s theatrical career isn’t going so hot so in a burst of patriotic fervor she  volunteers at the Stage Door Canteen. Volunteering also had a little something to do with being so close to Gertrude Lawrence, Broadway star that Alice thought she’d perish. […]

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Welcome to JulianaTheNovel

Alice Huffman comes to New York City from the potato fields of Long Island in 1941 to make her way on the Broadway stage only to discover she has no talent. At least, not for the stage. She meets Juliana, a perpetually on the brink of stardom cabaret singer, who is a sexual risk-taker during […]

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How to Dial a Telephone

Sometime in the 1950s (I haven’t been able to locate an exact date, but I’d like to.  Hint, hint) New York City converted from operated assisted dialing to direct dial. (FYI: Party lines in New York City had been eliminated in the 1930s, although they existed for a long time afterwards in the rest of […]

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The Philosophy of Zippers

My reading about buttons in the 1940s quite naturally led me to reading about ZIPPERS.  Zippers began showing up on women’s clothes sometime during the mid to late forties.   BUT the arrival of the zipper did not make writing the love scenes any easier than when my characters’ still had buttons on their clothes. The dress […]

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