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                Earlier, during that thrilling revolutionary Spring season of worldwide
             student revolution, with the Vietnam war at fever pitch, on June 3, 1968,
             two days before Bobby Kennedy was shot, Andy Warhol and my friend,
             leather player, museum curator, and art critic, Mario Amaya, were shot by
             Valerie Solanas, founder of SCUM, the “Society for Cutting Up Men.”
                Solanas was the author of the very real SCUM Manifesto. That gave
             my protagonist “Ryan O’Hara” in Some Dance to Remember the impetus to
             pen the fictitious Masculinist Manifesto which, as written in that book, was
             his character’s opinion and not the opinion of the author who wrote all the
             characters. (Amaya died June 29, 1986; Warhol died February 22, 1987;
             Solanas died April 26, 1988.)
                Jim Kane, who had introduced me to Mario Amaya, wrote on June 21,
             1971:


                Dear Jack— ...While playing with Mario [in an S&M scene], I
                noticed two dime-sized scars beside his spine.... “Oh, those are my
                souvenirs from the shooting at Andy Warhol’s.” He says that the
                scene [at the time of the shooting] was so bad [traumatic] that he
                and Andy shy away from each other...seems the jerks at the hospital
                didn’t know who Andy was and were going to let him bleed to death
                until Mario started raising absolute hell about “one of America’s
                greatest contemporary artists, etc.” That Warhol is alive may be
                Mario’s (fault) [sic]... —l&k, jhk [Love and kisses, James H. Kane]

             CHICAGO POLICE RIOT (1968)
             INSPIRES STONEWALL RIOT (1969)

             During August 26-29, 1968, not far from Chuck Renslow’s Gold Coast bar,
             the Chicago Police rioted with Gestapo tactics for four bloody days at the
             Democratic National Convention, attacking with batons our huge anti-war
             crowd chanting to the television cameras, “The whole world is watching.”
             Having been a social worker on the South Side of Chicago in 1962 and
             1963, and a recent doctoral graduate from Loyola University (1967), I gladly
             marched back into the streets because we gay folk knew in our hearts that
             every protest for black civil rights and international peace was an archetype
             of our own struggle for gay human rights and cultural peace. Those four
             days of televised police brutality beating protestors in the streets, and rough-
             ing up TV reporters like Dan Rather of CBS inside the convention hall,
             shocked the nation on television in much the same way as had the televi-
             sion coverage of the vicious police brutality against five-hundred civil rights


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