Monday, March 8, 2021

Bored Models

I have a huge file of undifferentiated and unidentified random models, and occasionally I find a group who seem to have something in common.  Today we have six of them, all looking bored.
Edited to add: This is Jack Virgil according to the_cham_cham in the comments.


Does a blank stare count as bored?  For our purposes, yes.
Edited to add:  This is likely John Pat Helm according to the_cham_cham in the comments.


Neither of our duo looks happy, and the one in the rear is bored beyond belief.


"We've been at this for two hours now, 
and  I'm so over it.  Bored, bored, bored!"


You'll have to take my word for it.  He's bored.


Bored or worried?  "Is my mom gonna see this?"
Only if she reads Twinks Unlimited magazine.


Sunday, March 7, 2021

Pat Rocco . . . An Amazing Man for the Ages

This is the first of what will be an ongoing series on Pat Rocco (1934-2018).  He came out when he was 13, had his own LA radio show at 16, and was a featured singer on Tennessee Ernie Ford's TV show at 22.  It was in the mid to late 1960s that Pat Rocco came to the forefront of the nascent LA Gay Liberation scene.  He made a lot of money making gay porn films, and he used that prosperity to give back to the community in a number of ways as you will see.  I have to confess that until recently, I didn't even know who Pat Rocco was or that he lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for a number of the early years I was also here.  Mr. Rocco deserves a prominent place in Gay History.


I wish I knew more about this photo which came to me labeled only, 
"Pat Rocco, 1970."  It looks later than that and seems like a movie still.


This 1974 magazine cover of Gene Cole by Pat Rocco is a great photo
 on several levels.  I think he may have Paul McCartney's eyes.
More about this amazing publication later in today's series.


It was tempting to remove the yellowing from this Pat Rocco photo that I believe is a 
page from SPREE, but I decided that I actually like the vintage feel of the old magazine.  
The film the picture came from showed nude men in a number of various LA settings.


This 1970 photo of Larry Schram is quite demure by Pat Rocco's usual wide open standards.


"The Society of Pat Rocco Enlightened Enthusiasts" was a social club, gay liberation group, publishing company, and social services agency all rolled into one.  This is a cover from SPREE News Pictorial, the main publication which borrowed part of its name from Bob Mizer's AMG magazine, Physique Pictorial.  It should be noted that Bob Mizer knew Pat Rocco and even served as a judge at some of SPREE's all male beauty pageants.  This is Dino Nova as photographed by Mr. Rocco.


Pat Rocco and SPREE loved to sponsor gay beauty pageants.  This is the Hunky Guy contest, 
and we'll see a photo from a different one later in today's series.


This eclectic page from an early 1970's publication shows scenes from Liberation House, a communal residence for young gay men that had a resident social worker at one point.  I think it was an early adjunct or precursor of the Gay Community Center which Pat Rocco supported heavily.


Pat Rocco took this photo of Ron Dilly in 1970.  Ron appeared in several of Mr. Rocco's porn films, and I can't help but wonder if Dilly isn't a stage name vs. the real thing.  The shirt is an era classic.


Larry K. shared this photo of a 1974 SPREE pool party with me.  
Thanks, Larry!



Here's another SPREE cover, this time featuring a nude stage production called "The Love Thief."
In addition to his numerous films, Pat Rocco produced a number of these plays, many in the nude.

We close the first Pat Rocco series with Dakota, winner of the 1972 Groovy Guy contest.  I first learned of this contest when I snagged some images off a website featuring early gay themed advertising.  At the time I had no idea who Pat Rocco was, never mind that he sponsored the contest and ad.


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Nudists and Boats

Today we have a rare all-color series featuring nudist men and boats.


I wonder if the lettering on the boat spells "Bora Bora."
The younger guy looks like he's over it all.


This guy is on land, but there's a beached sailboat behind him.


I have quite a few photos of this guy,
mainly with a hetero couple.


We close the series with a young man dangling his legs over the bow of a boat.