Sometime in late spring or early summer 1978 I moved from my shack in the country to 812 Burnett Street in Ames, my final Ames residence before moving to San Francisco. It was a great apartment, cheap rent for the time, and had the advantage of having David Halterman live upstairs, so it always seemed as though the entire house was a hub of gay activity.
I have tried to give credit to people who have helped by providing their cache of photos. If I have neglected anyone or mis-credited anybody, please notify me, as it is an oversight or error, not intentional. Some of these location photographs were taken on a return trip I made to Ames from San Francisco in 1980. The locations were still very similar to the 1970s then. I am told many of these buildings no longer exist.
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Allen Bell, visiting Ames after he had made his home in Iowa City, about 1977 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Fifi (Jean Philippe Marchand) on West Street (courtesy of Stephen "Rick" Heffington)
Allan Hills, John Cairns, and Scott Nelson, about 1977 (courtesy of Stephen "Rick" Heffington)
Dennis Brumm, wearing face paint, with an Instamatic flash cube in his mouth and feathered Goodwill hat. This was taken near the time when Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church came to Ames for a lecture. (Courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
David Daum, about 1977 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
David Halterman on Burnett Street, playing the piano in Dennis Brumm's apartment, 1977 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
David Halterman on Burnett Street, (possibly?) weatherproofing the front porch, 1977 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
David Halterman, cleaning greens for Dennis Brumm at Dennis's shack in the country, June 1977 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Dennis Brumm, Halloween 1977, playing the piano and in touch with the festivities, at John Cairn's home in Des Moines (courtesy of Harold Osler)
Harold Osler (left) with David Moody (right) of Waterloo. Though hard to see, a tub (old washtub) of popped popcorn is on the table. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Harold Osler, reading at Burnett Street, about 1977 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
John Cairns, about 1977 (possibly earlier) (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
John Maves, about 1977 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Prince Precious, kitty on the right, and Kitty Carlisle, kitty on the left, making certain they are taking up all the space on the couch in Dennis Brumm's apartment on Burnett Street, 1977. No humans necessary or allowed. The aquarium behind them housed the pet piranha, Alexander [the Great]. Alex made his home with Lady Larch a year later when Dennis moved to San Francisco, and I heard he made it all the way to Madison, Wisconsin. Piranhas are forbidden in California, except in corporate hierarchies. (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Invitation to the only ever art show for Dennis Brumm's paintings, held April 1977 on Burnett Street. Special magic fungus that day overwhelmed even the greatest of the previously made paint strokes. It rained later in the afternoon. This invitation was printed and typed by Linda Charles. ["You've destroyed my theory that only mentally healthy people use bright colors!" --Allen Bell, art major, circa 1973] (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
David Halterman in leather, on the porch at Burnett Street, Ames (courtesy of David Halterman)
Mike Anderson visiting at Dennis Brumm's apartment on Burnett Street, Ames, about 1978 (courtesy of Stephen "Rick" Heffington)
Mike Anderson wearing a sombrero provided by David Halterman (soon to provide a core of a Carmen Miranda fake fruit hat), while visiting the upstairs apartment on Burnett Street, 1978 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)