Toss of the Coin: Choosing My Gay Destiny

Toss of the Coin: Choosing My Gay Destiny

by Rob Tackes

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Overview

Toss of the Coin: Choosing My Gay Destiny by Rob Tackes

Toss of the Coin: Choosing My Gay Destiny recounts Rob’s journey through life, from shy, perfect boy to audacious risk-taker. He travels from the blue-collar world of Chicago into the gay paradise of San Francisco, one of the most dynamic scenes of the late twentieth century.

There are adventures of all kinds and many decisions to be made. Rob hits the jackpot when he meets Denis and they begin a six-decade life together. On a whim and a prayer, Rob says yes to a proposal that thrusts him into the high-power world of real estate. The bubble bursts and Rob becomes sick with HIV. He examines and changes his lifestyle, rebuilding his health and confidence.

Toss of the Coin is more than a historical memoir. It is a passionate, no-holds look at Rob’s roots and revelries in Chicago, San Francisco and Palm Springs, and his coin tosses along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998562216
Publisher: Querelle Press
Publication date: 04/24/2017
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Rob Tackes was a shy, gay youth exploring Chicago in the 1940s and '50s. He and his partner, Denis, moved to San Francisco in 1970 at the start of the gay liberation revolution. Rob's spirited experiences included escapades in real estate, marijuana and sex. HIV hit him hard in 1981, but through persistence he became a miracle long-term survivor. Rob and Denis currently live in Palm Springs, California, where they recently celebrated their fifty-eighth anniversary as partners. Rob relaxes by tending his gardens and visiting his cafes.

Table of Contents

Part One My Early Life - A History of the Era Prologue - The Best of Times. The Worst of Times | 1 1. My Early Life in Chicago | 5 2. Childhood in the Country | 8 3. “Catholicism” | 10 4. More Nostalgia | 12 5. My Family & Early Social Situations | 17 6. Tales of Delavan - Our Wisconsin Getaway | 20 7. My Neighborhood in Chicago | 24 8. Music in My Life - The 1940s and 1950s | 27 9. Sexual and Social Awakenings - An Introduction to Fetishes | 29 10. A Death in the Family | 32 11. High School Years | 34 12. A Risqué Teenager | 37 13. University Years | 41 14. An Embarrassing Moment | 46

Part Two Breaking Free - Wild Times 15. My First Gay Affair | 51 16. On the Cusp of a New Life | 54 17. Graduation and Separation | 55 18. Meeting the Man | 58 19. Evanston - The Social Scene | 62 20. New Home - Fresh Opportunities | 65 21. Travels with Denis | 68 22. Bouncy Visits to the East Coast | 70 23. Parties, Parties | 72 24. Professional Life - Preparations to Leave Chicago | 74 25. Introduction to the 1970s | 77 26. A Free and Easy Summer | 79 27. My New Career | 84 28. Getaways | 86 29. Settling In - San Francisco in the 1970s | 89

30. Politics - “Harvey and Anita” | 91 31. High-Flying in San Francisco - The Power Years - 1975-1980 | 94 32. My Personal Life | 97 33. Excesses, Fun, Experimentation | 99 34. The Political Impact of Harvey Milk | 102 35. Retrenchment - The End of an Era | 104 36. HIV | 106 37. A New Start - Café Life | 110 38. My Move Back to the Castro | 113 39. Palm Springs | 114 40. Epilogue - Fate and Timing | 117

Part Three Emotional Highs & Lows - Flights of Fancy 41. Introduction to the Dance | 121 42. Correspondence with My Family | 123 43. My Journals | 130 44. My Dreams & Flights of Fancy | 168

Part Four Some of My Most Favorite Things 45. Cars I Have Loved | 187 46. Nostalgia - Exploring Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s | 191 47. Hollywood and the Movies | 194 48. Memorable Men in Chicago | 197 49. A New Café Life - Café Flore | 199 50. Jerome Caja - Artist Extraordinaire | 201 51. Beaches! | 203 52. Music! | 206

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