Paul NashPaul has been Mike's lover, partner, patron, and intimate friend for the past 28 years. In 1977 Paul asked Mike to translate Ulrichs. Paul wanted Ulrichs' work to be in Paul's own language (English). Mike's still translating...
Paul (left) and Mike at Ponte Vedra Bch, Florida (1989) and in Kennebunkport, Maine (1986)
Paul (left) and Mike are wed in Wash. D.C. (1987)
Paul (right) and Mike at Ponte Vedra Bch., FLA (1988)
Paul (left) and Mike outside their appartment on Hyperion in Los Angeles (Silverlake), 1985
Paul & Mike, Gay Pride Festival, L.A.'85.
Paul & Mike are conquered by Germany in '75
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Gary HundertmarkPaul and Mike met Gary in the late 70's at a Gay political meeting in Los Angeles. Gary was the owner of Century Typographics in Century City. Gary became Mike's employer and was most generous in every way. He taught Mike the value (and power) of the printed word. Gary put it into Mike's head to publish the translations of Ulrichs.
Gary (right) and Mike fooling around during lunch break in Century City in 1980
Gary and Mike sharing Mike's receiving a grant from Gayfaire '79 in Hollywood.
Vern L. BulloughPaul and Mike first met Vern in 1978 at a lecture at ONE Institute in Los Angeles. In 1990, when Mike and Paul published a Urania Manuscripts "Centennial" edition of Ulrichs' works, Vern ordered a copy. Very soon after, Vern became Mike's agent at Prometheus Books and got the Ulrichs published in 1994. Vern became Mike's mentor and has helped Mike get a few more significant translations published.
Vern (left) and Mike (second from left) speak at ONE Institute, 1978.
Vern, from the dust cover of his book Science in the Bedroom
Hubert KennedyMike and Paul have never met Hubert in person, but got to know him well in 1979. In The Advocate, Hubert published a review of Mike's first translation of Ulrichs. It was the first review, a negative (but constructive) review, and the only negative review to date. It was so negative that, although Mike had graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles and had received a Bachelor's Degree in German, it sent Mike back to Beginning German 101. Mike and Hubert have corresponded with each other for more than 20 years.
Hubert, from a recent photo
Hubert once more
Max ConsoliMax, who lives about 20km from Rome, is the founder of the Italian Gay Movement. Max considers Mike and Paul to be his best friends in the USA. Indeed, he is one of our loved ones. Max says Mike and Paul motivated him to seek out Ulrichs' grave in L'Aquila. Since 1988, Max has been "the keeper of Ulrichs' grave." Max is an author and most passionate supporter of human rights.
Max at Ulrichs' grave '99
Max (right) speaks with visitors to Ulrichs' grave, 1999
Max, with the street name he had dedicated to his friend, and where Max now lives, 1999
Wolfram SetzPaul and Mike became acquained with Wolfram when in 1995 Hubert Kennedy and he published a facsimile reprint of Ulrichs' works in German. Mike wrote to Wolfram in Munich, Germany, to congratulate him. Wolfram surprised Mike by saying he had not heard of the English translation of Ulrichs. Wolfram kindly sent Mike a copy of the reprint by way of acknowledgement. Since then, Paul and Mike have had a lively correspondence with Wolfram. Wolfram founded the Munich Ulrichs Committee in 1995.
Wolfram (far right) dedicating the Karl-Heinrich-Ulrichs-Platz he helped to get named, Munich, Germany
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Dave DoyleAlthough Mike Otte brought Angelfire to Mike's attention, it was Dave Doyle, a graduate in computer science, who helped Mike construct webpages for the Urania Manuscripts site. Dave had been searching for a translation of Ulrichs' "Manor," so the contact was fortunate for all.
Dave from his Mom's Homepage
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Lyman HardyLyman came into the picture also by way of an email from Paul inviting people to join in the Ulrichs' celebration. Lyman, a retired teacher of Spanish and French, translated Paul's webpage into those languages. Lyman also added to the offerings of Urania Manuscripts by translating Ulrichs' Raging Sword into French. Lyman has been spending time tending to his Karl Heinrich Ulrichs wild flower garden.
Bill BrownBill also responded to Paul's email. He became most enthusiastic about getting a travel package together to help folks get to L'Aquila, where Ulrichs is buried. Bill has featured the Ulrichs' website on his MetroG site for the past year.
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W. Dorr Legg and Jim Kepner: In MemoriamW. Dorr Legg and Jim Kepner were two of the strongest supporters of Ulrichs and the translation of his works. Dorr and Jim built up large libraries, which are now housed under one roof and known as ONE Institute/International Gay and Lesbian Archives, located on the campus of the University of Southern California. Paul and Mike both took their highest educational degrees from ONE Institute Graduate School.
Thank You Everyone!