And off to the printer’s we go. Did you know that Warner Bros. Records exists today because of Tab Hunter?
I’m back from vacation and I have some very exciting zines and events coming up! So please don’t go anywhere. I’m also happy to announce - and on the deathiversary of Tab Hunter - that I am putting the finishing touches on the zine “50,000,000 Tab Fans Can’t Be Wrong” on the life and death of Hollywood hard on and closeted gay boy, Tab Hunter (for those of you waiting on your orders, I will be doing two big mailings this week - internationally and domestically). Also, if you don’t know who Tab Hunter is you should start watching some of his movies before you check out my zine!
"𝙸 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗' 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚢𝚊, 𝙵𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚒𝚗𝚎! 𝙸𝚝'𝚜 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚝'𝚜 𝚜𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚔. 𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚝'𝚜 𝚙𝚘𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚕. 𝙸𝚝'𝚜 𝚖𝚊𝚑 𝚗𝚎𝚠 '𝚟𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎!"
-𝚃𝚘𝚍𝚍 𝚃𝚘𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙹𝚘𝚑𝚗 𝚆𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚜' 𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚒𝚎, "𝙿𝚘𝚕𝚢𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛."
𝙻𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚘𝚗 𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚢 𝟾𝚝𝚑, 𝟸𝟶𝟷𝟾, 𝚃𝚊𝚋 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚒𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚊𝚌𝚔. 𝙷𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝟾𝟼. 𝙸𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝟷𝟿𝟻𝟶𝚜, 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚖 "𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚋." 𝙰 "𝚏𝚊𝚗 𝚏𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎" 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚕𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚝. 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚖𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 "𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐-𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚛𝚞𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚜" 𝚘𝚏 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚐𝚊𝚢 𝚒𝚗 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝟸𝟶𝟶𝟻 𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚘𝚋𝚒𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚢, "𝚃𝚊𝚋 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝙲𝚘𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚊𝚕." 𝙸𝚝'𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚠𝚘 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚜 𝙸'𝚖 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚍𝚍𝚕𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝 - 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 "𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙽𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚂𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚔𝚎𝚛: 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙻𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙲𝚛𝚒𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚁𝚒𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚁𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚛𝚎𝚣 "𝚋𝚢 𝙿𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚒𝚙 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚘. 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚍 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔: "𝙸 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝, '𝙻𝚘𝚘𝚔, 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚝 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚎'𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚎'𝚜 𝚊𝚜𝚜 𝚊𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝙸'𝚖 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚘𝚗𝚎.'"
𝙸𝚗 𝟷𝟿𝟻𝟻, 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙼𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚋𝚞-𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚕𝚎𝚍 𝚋𝚘𝚢-𝚗𝚎𝚡𝚝-𝚍𝚘𝚘𝚛, 𝚃𝚊𝚋 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚐𝚘𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚙 𝚛𝚊𝚐 𝙲𝚘𝚗𝚏𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚗𝚗𝚞𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚘-𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝚊 "𝚕𝚒𝚖𝚙-𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚙𝚊𝚓𝚊𝚖𝚊 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚢" 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚏𝚊𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚜. 𝙵𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚞𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛 𝚘𝚏 "𝙱𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝙲𝚛𝚢," 𝙿𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚢 - 𝚊 𝚏𝚊𝚗𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚋𝚒𝚐𝚐𝚎𝚛 𝚌𝚒𝚛𝚌𝚞𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 - 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗 𝚒𝚜𝚜𝚞𝚎 𝚏𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 "𝚁𝚎𝚋𝚎𝚕 𝚆𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚊 𝙲𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎" 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜 𝙽𝚊𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚎 𝚆𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 "𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛'𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚙𝚘𝚙𝚞𝚕𝚊𝚛 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚜." 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚝𝚜 𝚆𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚢 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚕 𝚆𝚘𝚘𝚍'𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚏𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝙲𝚊𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚊 𝙸𝚜𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚢𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚞𝚜 𝚌𝚒𝚛𝚌𝚞𝚖𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚜.
Tab Hunter buttons coming soon in celebration of Dead in Hollywood’s upcoming zine… 50,000,000 Tab Fans Can’t Be Wrong (Issue #9)!
"𝙸𝚝 𝚝𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚖𝚎 𝚖𝚞𝚌𝚑 𝚝𝚘𝚘 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚘𝚠 𝚒𝚝 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚕 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚎𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚖𝚎. 𝚂𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐'𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗' 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛, 𝚖𝚖𝚖 𝚖𝚖𝚖... 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐'𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗' 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛, 𝚖𝚖𝚖 𝚖𝚖𝚖... 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐'𝚜 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗' 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚎. 𝙼𝚢 𝚋𝚊𝚋𝚢'𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚊 𝚜𝚎𝚌𝚛𝚎𝚝."
𝙰𝚏𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝙲𝚘𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝙶𝚞𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚊𝚝 𝟷𝟻, 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚊 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚒𝚜 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚣𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚑𝚎 𝚒𝚜 “𝚍𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚗𝚝" 𝚏𝚛𝚘𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚘𝚢𝚜, 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚕 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚜 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚎𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚘𝚛 𝙳𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 - 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚔𝚗𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚋𝚎𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚒𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝙹𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚗, 𝙹𝚊𝚗𝚎 𝙵𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚊, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙱𝚞𝚛𝚝 𝚁𝚎𝚢𝚗𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚜. 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 𝚎𝚗𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 — 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝙰𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚞𝚛 𝙰𝚗𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚠 𝙶𝚎𝚕𝚒𝚎𝚗 — 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚊 𝚌𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚎𝚝𝚜 𝚑𝚒𝚖 𝚞𝚙 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚜𝚞𝚙𝚎𝚛-𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝙷𝚎𝚗𝚛𝚢 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚜𝚘𝚗. 𝚆𝚒𝚕𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜 𝙷𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚢𝚠𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚋𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚁𝚘𝚋𝚎𝚛𝚝 𝚆𝚊𝚐𝚗𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚁𝚘𝚌𝚔 𝙷𝚞𝚍𝚜𝚘𝚗. ”𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚋𝚎 𝚗𝚘 𝚃𝚊𝚋 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚏 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝙳𝚒𝚌𝚔 𝙲𝚕𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗,” 𝙷𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚜𝚊𝚢𝚜.
A competitive skater himself, Hunter was friends with many "Ice Capades" skaters, which is how he met Robertson. "He could spin faster than anybody in the world," Hunter said proudly. They were careful not to be seen together often, but Hunter accompanied Robertson to the 1956 world figure skating championship. Robertson was told he wouldn't win if Hunter attended. "The fact that I was there with Ronnie might have hurt his ability to win. And he should have won," he said.
Tab Hunter (born Arthur Andrew Kelm was a well-known Hollywood heartthrob in the 50’s and 60’s, known for his Malibu-styled clean-cut good looks. He comes out of the closet in his 2005 autobiography, Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.
Saying goodbye to Natalie Wood and starting work on the Dead in Hollywood zine “50,000,000 Tab Hunter Fans Can’t Be Wrong.”
Dead in Hollywood’s 50,000,000 Tab Fans Can’t Be Wrong (Issue #9)
Dead in Hollywood. Long Beach Zine Fest. Saturday, September 15.
This is a photo of my husband and me with heartthrob Tab Hunter in 2016. Hunter had been with his partner, Allan Glaser, for 35 years when he passed away yesterday, July 8. “We were walking home, and he collapsed in my arms in our front yard," said Glaser. "He said he couldn’t breathe, so I called 911, and we went to the hospital . . . This was sudden and unexpected.” A blood clot caused Hunter to go into cardiac arrest. I hope Glaser finds a little peace in knowing that his and Hunter's relationship has been an inspiration to us. I hope I'm lucky enough to get to spend 35 years with my husband.
Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood in publicity stills for the Warner Brothers movie “The Girl He Left Behind (1953).” They also starred together in the movie "The Burning Hills (1956)." Hunter died of a heart attack yesterday, June 8. He was 86.