2012 Community Service Award
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I first visited the Pines in 1968, when I was a callow, 18-year-old gay boy from Kansas City, Missouri. I had read about Fire Island in After Dark Magazine and decided I wanted to see the Pines in person. My first visit was only for a week, but I was hooked.
In 1979 I moved to Greenwich Village, and I have come to the Pines nearly ever summer since, more than 30 years.
In 1983 I co-founded what is now Out Professionals, the nation’s leading nonprofit gay and lesbian network. As the group’s volunteer administrator, I purchased one of the first consumer computers: an IBM PC with 256K memory, a one-color green monitor, and a daisy-wheel printer. Total cost then: $5,000.
In New York, I worked in advertising and printing -- ultimately at BMG Music, where each month I was purchasing up to $1 million in printing for BMG’s 9-million members.
In 2003, I moved to Cape Cod to spend more time with my family. But I continue coming to the Pines which has become such an important part of my life.
The last four years, working as a Volunteer Driver for the Pines Mobility Access Carts, have been truly remarkable for me. I have made even more friends and developed stronger relationships with Pines people of all ages.
As a 61-year old gay man who has been dealing for years with life-threatening health issues, I am happy to be alive, and grateful that I can be of service to so many people within our unique community.