Deans death has hit me very hard even though I haven't even seen him for years.
I used to know him enough to say "Hi Dean" and have a brief conversation with him.
I was a teenager when I met him, and all the regulars at The Pyramid.
These memories are so concrete that it is hard for me to picture anyone from that time period in any other context. I adored them all when I was kid. I worshipped them and I considered them my parents as ridiculous as it sounds. No one understands either unless they were there.
I can see Wendy Wild in the coat check booth telling me about a new brand of hair coloring and smiling. I can see John Sex on the stage singing about Woolworth's. I can remember talking to Ethyl Eichelberger about a million things in the dressing room and there are many others who have passed that I remember as well.
I went to a lot of Dean's club nights over the years but still cannot shake one memory of him in the Pyramid basement.
I just wanted to share this memory with you all because it is how I remember him whenever I think of him, no matter in what context.
Here it is:
Everyone is in The Pyramid basement dressing room.
Dean is in his black spandex dress and wearing those big glasses. He is surrounded by all the wonderful Pyramid drag queens. They are all getting made up to go dance on the bar and Dean is sitting nearby chatting with all of them.
He is gonna perform with Dean and The Weenies later on and everyone is just having a fucking good time.
Sun Pk (formerly Peter Kwaloff who used to do Clitoris Gash, LaToilette Jackson and many others at (on stage at Mud Club and Pyramid) is there and he says something to Dean that makes Dean absolutely howl with laughter.
That is my memory of him, he is laughing and having fun, and he never leaves that place in my mind.