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632                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               Things fall apart. Things fell apart.
               A year and six issues after that first article in 1977, and mere days
            after the CMC Carnival in 1978, Harvey Milk and George Moscone were
            assassinated on November 27, 1978.
               That was the day the Titanic 70s first scraped the first cube of the
               Months before the November 1978 CMC Carnival, we all knew the
            party was about to be uprooted. Fielding our sense of loss because the host
            site, Seaman’s Hall, was for sale, I wrote my lamentation “CMC 1978” for
            Drummer 26 one day before the Moscone-Milk assassinations. “Every-
            thing must change,” I quoted Judy Collins. “Nothing stays the same.”
               I did not know that the next day I would be writing another kaddish
            essay for the very same Drummer 26 titled “Harvey Milk and Gay Cour-
            age.” In my opening I keened:

                   Less than two hours ago, San Francisco supervisor Harvey
               Milk was shot to death, reportedly by an ex-cop. Two years ago,
               I watched that ex-cop, Dan White, stripped to the waist and
               out to prove himself one more time, in his last Golden Gloves
               bout.” (For a dramatized description of Dan White boxing at the
               Golden Gloves, see Some Dance to Remember, Reel 1, Scene 16.)

               My recitation of how tragedy looked like a curse on minorities con-

                   Two months ago, Milk returned home from his superviso-
               rial duties to find that his lover, Jack Lira, a Latino in his twen-
               ties, had hanged himself after taping the paperback of the TV
               miniseries, Holocaust, to the door. The Jew cut the Latino down
               and held the dead boy while the WASP media watched for a
               crack in Milk’s composure. Lira’s suicide served rather to firm up
               Milk’s personal resolve to campaign heavily against California’s
               anti-gay Prop 6, which Dan White, a recognized homophobe,
               apparently supported. Milk’s Prop 6 victory three weeks ago [in
               the November election] was his last.
               Several paragraphs later, I added in the even more personal:

                   Drummer’s David Sparrow [my lover] was in City Hall at
               the time of the shooting. Within minutes, Harvey’s body, shot
               twice in the head and three times in the chest, was wheeled past
               Sparrow and out to the coroner’s office.

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