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[Lifetime Membership Award]

Description: Plaque that has a black background with gold lettering, mounted on wood. An image of a staff with a treble clef and music notes is at the top. Text below says "This Lifetime Membership is presented to John Thomas in appreciation and recognition of outstanding service to the Turtle Creek Chorale since the first season in 1980."
Date: [1995 ..1998]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Lifetime Membership Award]

Description: Plaque that has a black background with gold lettering, mounted on wood. An image of a staff with a treble clef and music notes is at the top. Text below says "This Lifetime Membership is presented to John Thomas in appreciation and recognition of outstanding service to the Turtle Creek Chorale since the first season in 1980."
Date: [1995 ..1998]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Lifetime Membership Award]

Description: Plaque that has a black background with gold lettering, mounted on wood. An image of a staff with a treble clef and music notes is at the top. Text below says "This Lifetime Membership is presented to John Thomas in appreciation and recognition of outstanding service to the Turtle Creek Chorale since the first season in 1980."
Date: [1995 ..1998]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Richard D. Curtin aka Edna Jean Robinson, Outrageous Oral: Four Dallas Icons]

Description: A recording of Richard D. Curtin in character as his drag persona Edna Jean Robinson speaking at the "Four Dallas Icons" edition of Outrageous Oral held on May 21, 2015 in the Rose Room at S4 in Dallas. Curtin expresses outrage about Governor Rick Perry's opposition to gay marriage. Curtin credits Donna Day as his mentor. Fellow drag queen Pitiful Bitch and Todd Savell, Curtin's frequent collaborators, are mentioned. Curtin talks about his other drag personas, Elizabeth "Betty" Bliss and Heather Hardin. The story of Edna Jean Robinson's creation at a Turtle Creek Chorale retreat is told. A few times Curtin pauses his monologue while footage of pageant highlights are projected on the screen behind him. Curtin talks about his work as a "charity girl" (drag queen who raises money) and his work as a TCC (Turtle Creek Chorale) Angel, assisting those who contracted AIDS in the early 1990s. Curtin discusses the stigmas and prejudices he witnessed against those ill with HIV/AIDS when he visited AIDS patients in Dallas hospitals. Curtin's husband, Jack Bliss, is remembered. A video parody of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" opening credits is shown, with Edna Jean Robinson walking through downtown Dallas. Outrageous Oral is a quarterly evening of GLBT storytelling hosted by The Dallas Way, a GLBT history organization.
Date: May 21, 2015
Creator: The Dallas Way
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Paul J. Williams aka Sister Helen Holy, Outrageous Oral: Four Dallas Icons]

Description: A recording of Paul J. Williams in character as Sister Helen Holy speaking at the "Four Dallas Icons" edition of Outrageous Oral held on May 21, 2015 in the Rose Room at S4 in Dallas. Williams shares the story of how he created the character of Sister Helen Holy, inspired by Dana Carvey's "Church Lady" character on Saturday Night Live. Williams walks out into the audience and interacts with audience members. Robert James Jeffress, Jr., pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, is the target of ridicule. Outrageous Oral is a quarterly evening of GLBT storytelling hosted by The Dallas Way, a GLBT history organization.
Date: May 21, 2015
Creator: The Dallas Way
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Don Baker sent to John]

Description: A letter written by Don Baker sent to John pertaining to the invitations for a reception in January 19, 1986. Much of the document suggests how Prof. Laurence Tribe will be presented and the groups that will be entertaining that night.
Date: December 20, 1985
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections