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Posted: 16 Nov 17, 23:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the thread has grown a page or 2 since Lee checked in. And he was only on page 50. Poor guy will never catch up at this rate! Lol sorry, Lee! We get to chatting in here and everyone is really easy to talk to, so you'll have plenty to read lol

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 00:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hahaha Rainbow, now I can really afford it! I honestly cannot imagine why that book costs so much! Or who will ever buy it!

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 01:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lee still works and has a nearly full-time job. Please be patient. He is keeping a notebook of things and dates I have
made mistakes on. As this Forum is based on truth. I really want to correct any errors in this crazy 105 page novel...LOL
I am meeting up with him again right after Thanksgiving. Friday with Brandon, Saturday and Sunday with Chuck
(my second oldest lasting friend since 1976) Lee would be my first longest friend when we met on my 20th birthday
in 1975 along with my ex Joe Scardilli. Poor John, once again I am not sure if I met him at the same time as Lee and
Joe, or later on.

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 01:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh...I am meeting up with Lee on Monday.

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 01:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey Catus,
Now, I love America or should I say the entire West Coast and the upper east coast down to the border of North Carolina. I love all 50 states
but do not care for the politics of the Republican party. That being said, all 10 times I've been to Canada, I never was treated better than by
the Canadians. Brandon, in Palm Springs is so looking forward to the return of the Canadian snowbirds who own condos in his complex. He
always has positive warm things to say about the Canadians. He once announced at the complex's pool where a bunch of Canadians were
enjoying themselves and he said loudly to the whole pool occupants. "How can you Canadians always be so NICE!" I would move there in
a heartbeat if only it wasn't so darne cold in the east and so rainy rainy in the northwest. Over the years I met about 5 or 6 Russian-Canadians
and they seemed very happy. The kind of people that would enjoy Queen music and Freddie, just like you.

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 01:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

darne=darnded, sorry

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 02:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The gay community was very segregated back then. Very rarely did you see straight women or lesbians in a gay bar.
They had their own places. So, other than West Greenwich Village, there were a few gay enclaves. The upper West Side
had three major clubs, namely Uncle Charie's North, the Candle Bar, and one other which name escapes me right now.
There was a two club area on the far West Side on West St. and 21st street called the Eagle and the Spike. Murray Hill
area had Uncle Charlie's South and Uncle Charlies Restaurant and the Barefoot Boy. Also, few other very small bars.
When the West Village became so crowded and people were starting to make neighboring Chelsea the next gay area with a
wonderful but short lived bar called the 17th St. Saloon. Great hamburgers were sold inside the bar as well as drinks. Wow,
what a trip down memory lane!


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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 02:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oops, I almost forgot..the dance clubs scattered in strange areas like the Bowery (very bad area in those days) called Flamingo and then
the Saint opened with an actual planetarium projector for stars and planets. One day of each week was movie night and how fantastic when
they showed "Now Voyager" and at the end Betty Davis says. "Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars." Suddenly all the
completely accurate star constellations and visible galaxies beyond the Milky Way popped up and the crowd went crazy! Then it was time
to dance.


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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 02:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi Rainbow,
$2374.73 for a book...I hope the cover is made of gold with diamond accents. LOL, that price is just craziness!

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 02:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Also Rainbow,
I was sure Freddie loved being in a high class section of London right next to Earl's Court the gay enclave of the early '80's. But, unfortunately he could not go
out to them because of papers like The Sun...a gossipy dirty rag which was following his every move. He loved New York
because he "wanted to Break Free" and was mostly allowed to.

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 03:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey noorie, PM just sent.

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 03:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi Thor,

Yes, Canadians are famously nice and polite, and we love this trait... I must say that though lived in different places over the world I like Canada most of all despite the freezing winter (not really looking forward to this...). I know that those who can afford it usually go to Florida for the cold season and then come back for spring and summer. The fall is my favorite season here, full of sun, colors, and fresh air.

We often visit the States, since we have friends and family there. I admire New York City, we've been there dozens of times, and I never get bored or tired there. When I'm there - especially on my own - I always experience this utmost sense of freedom.
So while we love traveling in the States and visiting our friends it is always great to come back to Canada; here it feels like home.

Can I ask you a question about Freddie? I was wondering which states or cities he liked in the States? I know from your stories that he loved NY - how about other East Coast cities, or California? Also, do you know if he ever visited Canada (other than for their concert tours)? :)

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 03:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey Catus,
Freddie found reasons to appreciate all of the US cities he visited during tours. He had his four good friends with
him during most of the 1982 "Queen America '82" concert series and we always had after concert fun.
I don't think he went to Canada beyond the Vancouver concert and the two Montreal concerts.He must have played Toronto
at some point but not in 1982 as far as I know.

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 03:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Catus,
If you don't mind, what part of Canada do you live in?


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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 04:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thor, thank you so much! I didn't realize that you guys went with Queen when they were on tour! It's great to know that you all kept together and had fun.

I'm in Southern Ontario, not too far from the border :)

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 05:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thundergo wrote

Hey Katydyd, The only time Freddie mentioned us was in a concert (I forget which city) where he said "this is for all the real girls" which he admitted later was for us.

Freddie said this during August 13th 1982 concert ... In Hoffman Estates (near Chicago) at the end of "Play the Game"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-_APBKzcX8&list=PL4XE5TqE7gOm3YhZIjAg4QE9I0rRQ-y7i&index=38


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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 05:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow Panchgani,
How do you remember all of this? Amazing!

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 05:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Catus, Closer to Toronto or to Niagara Falls?

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 12:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm impressed Panchgani! Were you there when Freddie mentioned "the real girls"?

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Posted: 17 Nov 17, 14:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Panchgani wrote:

Thundergo wrote

Hey Katydyd, The only time Freddie mentioned us was in a concert (I forget which city) where he said "this is for all the real girls" which he admitted later was for us.

Freddie said this during August 13th 1982 concert ... In Hoffman Estates (near Chicago) at the end of "Play the Game"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-_APBKzcX8&list=PL4XE5TqE7gOm3YhZIjAg4QE9I0rRQ-y7i&index=38


Welcome.
Our thoughts will especially be with you and the man with the hammer nest Friday. I'll be passing by the Lodge for a quick toast.