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[Quilt Panel for My Buddy]

Description: Photograph of a panel from the AIDS memorial quilt with a dedication that reads, "Rueben came into my life for 3 extremely happy years. I told him early on in our relationship all I wanted was FUN, and that's what I got (more or less). Reuben was the most consistently clever person I have ever met. Reuben was the first person either of us knew to have AIDS. We thought he had the flu 'cause he worked the week before I took him to the hospital early on Monday December 24. He was diagnosed with advanced PCP and died while his STUPID mother watched, 6 days later. Reuben left me with a vacuum that I will probably never fill or as Reuben would say "When McDonald's gets lobster!...""
Date: 1988
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Quilt Section with Panels Dedicated to Michael O'Connor and an Anonymous Brother]

Description: Photograph of a section of the AIDS memorial quilt with a panel dedicated to Michael O'Connor. The panel below it reads, "I have decorated this banner to honor my brother. Our parents did not want his name used publicly. The omission of his name represents the fear of oppression that AIDS victims and their families feel.
Date: 1988
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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