riting the history of the reception practices of a subcul-
ture that remained largely invisible until recent decades is
a assignment, especially considering that most of
the documents that appear in gay publications remain unindexed. I
am therefore grateful for the services and cooperation of outstanding
research facilities at the University of Texas at Austin and Northwest-
ern University. The knowledgeable archivists at The Margaret Her-
rick Library and the Warner Bros. Archives made my all too brief re-
search visit to Los Angeles enormously productive. The librarians at
the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto and Chicago’s
Gerber Hart Library were welcoming, accommodating, and support-
ive. I also thank the Fairmount Historical Society, whose proprietors
were kind enough to open the doors of its museum on a snowy Decem-
ber morning.
Portions of chapter 4 have appeared in an anthology on youth cul-
ture published by Toronto’s Media Studies Working Group and edited
by Murray Pomerance. In addition to being a discerning editor and
accomplished scholar, Murray has also become a good friend whose
enthusiasm has carried me through many difficult times.
Several friends and colleagues devoted considerable time in read-
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