exactly 30 years ago I observd Peter Berlin posing on Polk St. for those who either aren't gay or of a certain age let me say that Peter Berlin had one of the iconic looks of the '70s. his signature haircut a body resembling sculpture an outrageous fashion flair which includ'd the tightest pants in history. once seen that image lingers.
last nite I saw the fascinating documentary "That Man: Peter Berlin." it's the work of writer Jim Tushinski whose first foray into filmmaking was the amusing short "Jan-Michael Vincent is My Muse." Tushinski interviews Armistead Maupin & John Waters -- among others -- abt one of San Francisco's most celebratd citizens. but the real surprise is to see the elusive Berlin as he looks in his 60s.
this morning the news programs were abuzz with the posssibility of Warren Beatty challenging Arnold for the governorship of California. Beatty may have been a beauty decades ago but he turnd into a mediocre director whose career no longer means much to me. I suppose he's as qualified as anyone to challenge the bodybuilder-turnd-pol. but why not Peter Berlin? like Arnold he's a self-made man an immigrant a man who used his body to become famous in the gay community. at least Berlin continues to speak truthfully abt his past & to offer his world views in a take-it-or-leave-it manner.
how hard is it to be governor of California? this is the state who gave the nation Nixon & Reagan. (thankfully the Constitution can't be "fixd" in time to allow the Terminator to run for president.)
so my friends to the west of me don't look to Warren Beatty whose ideas are as tired as that face. vote for Peter Berlin & put politics back into the streets.