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Posted: 07 Mar 19, 20:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

CHEVYMAN knows what's up!

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Posted: 07 Mar 19, 22:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

According to, I think, Pat or could be Sue Johnston, Freddie used heated hair curling tongs. She said in a report of a Queen in Cornwall video that when they (Queen) did their first ever Queen tour in Cornwall, Freddie stayed opinion her father's home, and Sue/Pat's Dad came downstairs and announced to her that *I've seen it all now! He's up there curling his hair " :-) Apparently Sue and Pat's Dad loved Freddie! :-) So, I'd say Freddie didn't have curly hair, maybe just a bit of waviness.

I believe he had the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen. They just call to my soul. Beautiful. Lusciously, silky dark, with enviable like lashes. A beautiful man!

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Posted: 07 Mar 19, 22:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Blenkolove : Thank you, my dear. Yes I certainly am fortunate to have such a wonderful kind thoughtful sister.

She is also buzzing from our shared "Mercury" experience. We had a blast! Can't wait until April 18th to see the next concert. We're going for a meal before and then we are going to show Joseph a big Birmingham welcome!

I seem to have created another Queen fan! :-)

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 00:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He actually used the tongs to straighten his hair. I believe Phoebe over anyone...he lived with him for 12 years

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 03:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hello Rainbow,
We met by chance and were initially, physically attracted to each other without even knowing who each other was. Freddie was tickled pink by the honesty of that first, meeting and also by the circumstances of the next evening in Philadelphia, If that jogs your memory great, if not, it is the first and second chapters of the book, with both greatly expanded narratives. These were two of my favorite chapters to write. It started the whole incredible friendship.

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 03:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

CHEVYMAN,
I'll give you plenty of stories but none that would embarrass
a dear, close friend of Freddie's. (emphasis here on dear and close). Hypocritically on my part, I do believe I told an off-color story on Dave Clark which I wish I wouldn't have shared.

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 03:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rainbow, as some ladies actually used to say, "Liberace is NOT gay, he's just good to his mother."...lol.

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 03:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks stevendabudgie for your three links. I will watch them when I have a little more time. After Palm Springs, I leave for New York, but I will get back to them.

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 03:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, oh Rainbow, now you're talking about chapter three. You will get your answer.

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 03:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi, NeverTooLate,

I don't personally remember about Freddie mentioning Wierd Al but I am sure Lee would know the answer to that, yes or no.

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 04:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey Katydyd,
Just think," blues", Diana Ross singing in the movie, "Lady Sings the Blues" about the life of Billie Holiday...was this movie about recounting all the happy times in her life?
I do NOT mean this in a condescending way at all. You are a smart lady, I know this well. Maybe my use of the word, "blue" needed an explanation. Sorry!

(I was saying this in a round-about way in order not to give too much information.)


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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 04:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

DCQueenLuver,

In August 198o, Lee was working his dinner-theater job in New England. It was not until Summer of 1981 that Freddie was introduced to Lee as well as John and Joe (who I never had the chance, that first time in August 1980, to introduce them).

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 04:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

DCQueenLuvr,

Freddie never worried about his safety...BUT Phoebe sure did, as if he needed the title "bodyguard" in addition to everything else he provided Freddie. Phoebe was a Master multi-tasker when it came to anything and everything regarding Freddie!

There hasn't been another bromance like this between two men, until Donald Trump and Kin Jong Un...LOL.Absolutely just kidding!

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 04:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Kim Jong Un...sorry, dear leader...loll.

Well, bye for now and keep the GREAT chat coming! My computer is majorly crashing-out and sometimes will not restart or reboot for over 12 hours. I need to get a new one, but that can't happen until March 27th, back from New York in San Diego. If it blanks out totally, please forgive me. I can say a few words from New York, but nothing too long. Lee will do his best to keep you updated but just give him some time.
I'm having dinner again in New York with Robby Bloodshed who has been too busy to come to QZ lately, but some of you may remember him from last summer's dinner outing..

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 05:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thor -

I hope all your important computer files are safe backed up elsewhere away from your sputtering computer.

That said ... I have not backed up my computer in a while ...


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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 05:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thank you Saint Juib,

I plan to download all my files to a scan disc. I should buy that tomorrow. I am not shutting my laptop down until that is done.

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 06:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks Thor. I had remembered what you told us about your first meeting with Freddie. So glad the book will cover how Freddie went from being a fun acquaintance to a true friend. That's what I was talking about. I assume by chapter 3 you are referring to how you and Lee met...that was my second question, but I don't think I was very clear. You might have thought I was still talking about you and Freddie. Anyway...I can't wait for this book! It will be amazing.

...Oh, by the way...I wasn't sure what you meant by Elton's "blue period" either. :)

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 10:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi,

Rainbow, I may be wrong but I think Eltons blue period maybe his dark time when he was at the height of his drug addiction. I could be wrong. I recently read a book he wrote about the help he gave to a young boy and his family. The young boy had aids and he talks about this in depth in the book as well as his addiction to drugs and food.

Thor....I know that you didn't mean any offence regarding Dave Clark but i agree that something isn't right. I had been thinking the exact same . Your comment to Freddie about this and his reply did make me chuckle.

Seeing as you knew Freddie so well I wonder if you could imagine what Freddie's reaction would be to all the books that have been written about him, more his reaction to the books written by friends. Do you think he would be amazed or angry at some of the details put out there.

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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 10:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rainbow61 and Katydyd5:

Elton John is presently in NY all week for his final tour. He has shows at the Garden and in Brooklyn. I’m on vacation in NYC and saw him Tues. night @ MSG. At the concert, Elton briefly alluded to a period in his life when he was at his lowest. He wasn’t specific, but he has a history of drug (cocaine) and alcohol abuse and was also @ high risk for contracting HIV. Thor, is that what you meant by his “blue period,” the times of party excess and hedonism? Elton eventually became sober and clean. He's presently married and monogamous and father of 2 boys. Even though he never mentioned Freddie specifically by name, he recounted how too many precious lives were lost to AIDS and how/why he started the Elton John AIDS Foundation. That was the most poignant part of the concert.

BTW, Katydyd5, how did you like “Hamilton?” I completely FELL ASLEEP for the 2nd half. It was a 2:00 PM matinee. I was so tired. NYC has completely inverted my sleep/wake cycle. I completely lost out on Act II. My friends couldn't arouse me. That was the costliest nap I have ever taken! LOL

Lee and Thor, you may be amused to learn that I lit the last of my $2 candles for the publication of your book @ St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC on Ash Wed. In between glasses of wine, one of my friends who is Catholic wanted to attend mass, so we went together. I participated in mass but abstained from the communion and the cross of ashes, as a lapsed Christian. The lowest denomination I had in my wallet was $10 cash. I had no singles. St. Patrick’s requested $2 donation. I got my money’s worth in prayers. I tossed in a $10 bill, lit 5 candles and prayed for my family (#1-#3), world peace (#4) and what the hell, your book (#5), since St. Francis De Sales and St. Jude had failed to materialize.


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Posted: 08 Mar 19, 11:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Doughnut, Ryan White.