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The Daily Agenda for Thursday, March 13

Jim Burroway

March 13th, 2014

Events This Weekend: Scandinavian Ski Pride, Hemsedal, Norway; Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski Week, Mammoth Lakes, CA; Carnival Maspalomas, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria.

TODAY’S AGENDA is brought to you by:

From The Advocate, April 14, 1983, page 30.

Rocks went through three incarnations in Palm Springs/Cathedral City. The first at 67977 East Palm Canyon Drive was built around a palm tree, which stood inside the bar and poked out of the building through a hole in the roof. That location burned down a few years later, and a Volvo dealership now stands at its location. The second location, not far from the first, didn’t last long either. It was apparently torn down and the property was redeveloped. Rocks then moved to the second level of a shopping center at 67555 E. Palm Canyon. That location later became Sidewinders until it closed a few years ago.

Michigan Man Commits Suicide Ahead of Sentencing: 1960. The crackdown against homosexuality being waged by Ann Arbor police and officials at the University of Michigan (see yesterday) took a tragic turn when one man who was due in court for sentencing was found dead in a hotel in St. Louis.

James P. Wiles had been found guilty of “attempting to procure an act of gross indecency” on March 7. The judge set sentencing for March 15, while Wiles’s lawyer announced that he would appeal the case to the Michigan Supreme Court, contending that Wiles had been the victim of police entrapment. But two days before that sentencing date, the 53-year-old Detroit resident’s body was discovered by a hotel clerk at the Melbourne Hotel when the clerk called to check in on the man after he failed to answer his phone. He had checked into the hotel under an assumed name on Thursday, March 10, three days after his conviction, and on the same day when he was reported missing from his home.

[Source: “Michigan Campus Purge Felt with Added Fury.” Mattachine Review 6, no. 5 (May 1960): 10, 21.]

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After Sidewinders closed a few years ago, the site reopened as a pretend twink bar that failed within weeks, then transitioned itself as a straight bar twice, and now is called level 2, its latest incarnation as a gay bar. I haven’t been in it yet, nor do I know anyone who has. Too many ghosts methinks.

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