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Apr 09 2020
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AIDS-quilt-Gabor-Matthew-Rettenmund-gr8erdaysThe AIDS Memorial Quilt in Chicago, 1990 — Gabor (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

People Magazine reports that scraps from the AIDS Memorial Quilt are being repurposed as masks to fight COVID-19. I wish that sounded uplifting, but it sounds impossibly sad.

AIDS-quilt-Perry-Ellis-Matthew-RettenmundPerry Ellis, bottom right

I visited a section of the Quilt in Chicago on October 7, 1990, and took — apparently — only two photos, one of local legend Gabor, an artist, and one of the very, very discreet Perry Ellis panel. I shot Perry because a flamboyant pal of mine was a fashionista who had been obsessed with him, and I was fascinated that Ellis's panel was sort of a deep blue-violet color with only his name, very tiny, in the middle.

More Gr8erDays stories HERE, including a link to some bathtub fun.

Rory-calhoun-shirtless-tub-gr8erdaysThere's always time for Rory Calhoun. (Image via video still)