There are just some moments when everything comes together and one of those moments for me was the summer of 1997. I had been living in New York City and loving it and going back and forth to do movies and then heading out for appearances and just generally having a great time. Yeah, I'm sure that 12 years later, I remember things maybe just a tad better than they were.. for example, I had been having some stomach pains in May which my doctor at the time couldn't find the reason for and these persisted throughout the summer, sometimes making me extremely sick (I had a temperature of 104 over fourth of July weekend while staying with friends in San Francisco) eventually leading to the discovery that my appendix was about ready to explode - in August. I had been feeling ill for four months and about six hours before it burst, I caught it and had emergency surgery while spending the weekend with friends on Fire Island.
On the plus side, I met a terrific guy that summer with whom I spent the next two and a half years, launched my first website that summer (willclarkusa.com) , won a leather title (Northeast Drummer, a title I hold to this day as it was discontinued the next year, launched a weekly Journal of adventures to friends and fans, appeared at the Gauntlet (now the Eagle I think) in LA at a benefit for Aid for AIDS that launched my years-long association with them, stripped for a friend's birthday party at the Eagle in San Fran (a true highlight of my entire career to be honest), co-hosted the Men in Video Awards at Probe in LA and, probably most importantly, appeared at the Mighty Men's first No Pants Party - an event that would be something of a cult favorite among the pornerati in West Hollywood in the late 90s/early 21st century.
Produced by Mighty Man Jon Royce, the No Pants Party's concept was pretty simple: have a porn star man the bar and mix drinks with whatever appendage is at hand (not hard to figure out which one!) while bunches of guys come and go making the night a hell of a good time. Naturally I was nervous about being naked and therefore hard during the party - all of the porn industry's movers and shakers and their hangers-on were going to be there and it was sort of The Time to make a good impression. Thankfully, although the pre Viagra drug (can't remember the name anymore but it was white and looked like a big jelly bean) never quite worked on me, thank Heaven for my hot sexy friend, porn star Marc Hamilton who got down on his back under the bar and started sucking me off. Well, I thought Marc was just IT .. so super sexy and just you know.. grrrrrrrr (and, in hindsight, a truly good friend who I'm sorry to have lost touch with) so that helped A LOT.
It also helped that the folks from Advocate Classifieds (which eventually became Unzipped) were there, took photos and did a write up.. thank Heaven for Fred Goss who wrote the Secrets of the Porn Stars column, he was probably my biggest fan in the industry for the next two or three years. And I his for so many reasons including he is a really great guy who knows how to write, how to be funny and how to give stars some fantastic publicity (for which I always - and still do- thank him).
Jon and I did a few other events together like the first Bad Boys party in March 1998. It was a birthday party for myself and fellow Pieces porn stars Dino DeMarco and Sam Dixon. It was from that party of having us all hang out and party that the Bad Boys Pool Party happened after a columnist from one of the LA gay mags said of the party "it was a bunch of porn stars talking about their steroids - and no one even took their shirt off!" Well, that sounded like a challenge so I created and produced the first Bad Boys Pool Party that September where all 12 stars took their clothes off and so on and so on and so on.
Over the years Jon worked on promoting the LA and Palm Springs parties but eventually when I moved to New York and the BBPPs ended, well, we lost touch. But 1997 was one incredible summer, one that lasted for many many years. True, the boyfriend and I broke up and the Journal turned into this blog and well, so much is different, but tonight we're working together again and doing the same thing we've both always done: create great parties featuring hot porn stars and giving fans the best time possible in a sexy place!
I hope that all of you in the DC area can come on down to see Matthew Rush tonight at Secrets and then again at Splash in New York City on Friday November 13th.
You can find hot pics and hot video of some of your favorite stars as well as some that will become your favorites over at Mighty Men.com!
(Photo above from Jon Royce's archives of Bo Garrett and I at the No Pants Party. Ah, Bo Garrett.. another hot man that could have wrapped me up in those arms of his and taken me right there in the kitchen. Lickable)