A cute movie poster for the “Flipper” film …

Hi, friends and readers:

A few months ago, I posted about Luke Halpin, a beautiful young man featured in the television series, Flipper. Luke played a boy named Sandy. Athletically built, and very handsome, he normally appeared on the show wearing only cutoff blue jeans.

Gay men in the 1960s adored Luke Halpin in the TV series. But I’d forgotten a feature-length film was produced, featuring Luke and his dolphin pet, Flipper. At left is the film’s promotional poster. That’s Luke, riding on the dolphin’s back.

Okay, that was a long time ago, But some of us still retain fond memories of Luke in his Flipper days. You can still view video clips of Luke on YouTube; here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoWM8dxvYos

I wonder where Luke is today? So many guys age badly; I hope Luke didn’t. I’m reminded of my short story, A Beautiful Motorcycle. In the story, a gay teenage boy falls in love with his older sister’s boyfriend. One night, the two young men share a bed in a Ft. Lauderdale hotel room. Afterward, the younger guy doesn’t see his sister’s boyfriend until much later in life. Here’s what he says when it happens:

“My sister and Dan broke up, not long after the Ft. Lauderdale excursion, for a reason I wasn’t told, and Dan did not maintain contact with me thereafter. By the time I reached high school, Dan had already graduated and I figured he’d probably been drafted and sent to Vietnam. Who knew?

“I did not see Dan again till I was an adult.

“I shopped at the mall one afternoon, and he stood twenty yards off. We were both in our thirties and he’d lost most of the hair on top of his head. He’d thickened in the middle. He accompanied a woman his age, and he pushed a stroller, one with a toddler in it. A little girl — a blonde pixie with Dan’s features — tagged along behind.

“I didn’t speak to him, of course; I didn’t even look at him for long.

“I preferred to remember Dan as he was at seventeen, when he opened some of life’s doors for Gus Andriakas and me. When he let me ride his motorcycle.”

It’s late on Thursday night. Sleep well, friends.


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