Since SINSCON, a lot of things happened. Some good. Some bad.
It was shortly after SINSCON that I first
heard the term "Rocky Horror Elder".
I credit Jesse Merlin with coining the term. He was the first person
I heard use it.
An "Elder" is vaguely described as a ROCKY HORROR
fan who have been in the ROCKY HORROR community for decades.
They may not win a BOSS
AWARD, make it to every Con, or even go to the show
every week anymore.
But they still stay involved with ROCKY HORROR activities as much
Our genuine love for ROCKY HORROR never wanes or diminishes.
I think the term sounds great! In my case, it's certainly accurate,
appropriate, and well deserved. I'm in good company.
Over the next few years, I got attend a lot fun ROCKY HORROR related
On March 26, 2011, Richard and I attended SELECTED
SHORTS at the Getty
Center in Los Angeles.
The tilte of the event was "Music And A Minotaur".
Tim Curry read "Ziggurat" by Stephen
MARTIN, TIM CURRY
The Getty Center
Los Angeles CA
March 26, 2011
Photo by Chelsie Kraemer
venue was SOLD OUT. It was a real pleasure to listen to him
read. The audience was mezmerized during his performance.
Chelsie Kraemer and Kathy Bluman from THE
DENTON AFFAIR, Jaimie Froemming and Ray Thompson, two legends
ROCKY HORROR community were also in attendance. Tim came out into
the audience and signed autographs for everyone.
He signed my 1974 first printing of The Rocky Horror Show - Original
Roxy Cast LP, and my 1975 RHPS soundtrack LP.
Tim and I talked for a while. And Chelsie got a good picture of us
We got a nice group shot with Jaimie Froemming and Ray Thompson. It
was a good day!
RAY THOMPSON, JAIMIE FROEMMING, RICHARD
CHELSIE KRAEMER, KATHY BLUMAN, TROY MARTIN
The Getty Center
Los Angeles CA
March 26, 2011
by Jade Blackmore
On October 20, 2011, the New York Times Film Club hosted a private
screening of a restored print of "THE ROCKY
HORROR PICTURE SHOW" at Harmony
SINS O' THE FLESH, MIDNIGHT
INSANITY, WILD AND UNTAMED
THINGS, DARK REFRAIN
Rocky Horror Elders and Alumni representing the UA Westwood, Fox-Venice,
Tiffany, Nuart and Rialto theaters were also in attendance.
And of course, EROTIC NIGHTMARES
were there, too.
The great thing for me about having the event at Harmony Gold was
in March 1981, I was walking down Sunset Blvd. right across the street
from Harmony Gold.
A car pulled up next to me and the passenger stuck his head out the
window. He said, "Hey! You're that guy from Rocky Horror at
the Tiffany Theater!"
That still ranks as one of my favorite ROCKY HORROR moments, I and
one of my cherished memories ever.
Now more than thirty years later, I was across the street in my finery
getting ready for ROCKY HORROR with my friends. I even wore a tie
for the event.
always, SINS O' THE FLESH put
on a great show! The audience really felt energy that they were giving
I loved how they had stripped down their show to only the musical
numbers. It reminded me of the early days of ROCKY HORROR.
It was great to see that people were still interested in ROCKY HORROR,
even after all attention it had gotten the previous year.
CHRIS WYLIE, ASHLEY LAUREN BRITTANY BAUCHAM,
LISA KURTZ SUTTON, BILL UNG
SEAN WELLER, CASEY KAY, DREW STANZ, ALEX BROMBERG, SHIRLEY MARY MONTENEGRO
LEIF MALMSTEN, CHIRISTOPHER CARILLO, RENEE JESKE, NATASHA SMITH, LAUREN
CHELSEA SPIRITO, ELIZABETH STOCKTON, TROY MARTIN, JULIE FORD, RICHARD
New York Times Film Club
October 20, 2011
May 21, 2011, EROTIC NIGHTMARES
decided to pay a visit to where it all began.
I drove from Hollywood to Moreno Valley to pick up Richard.
From there we drove to Riverside to meet Julie, where she presented
me with a copy of "Mick Rock: Rocky Horror".
We took a leisurely drive towards La Sierra, stopping by our first
"Castle" on Burton Street.
The building was still there, but the neighborhood itself was now
crawling with gangbangers. We didn't stay long.
From there we stopped by our favorite headshop, The Wooden Indian.
It sells landscaping equipment now.
From there we headed over to the Galleria
At Tyler, (although we still call it Tyler Mall).
Our original home, the UA Cinema 4, is now a Barnes
And Noble bookstore.
We took some pictures of us in front and in back of the place, and
then headed over to George's
Drive In for dinner.
We shared wonderful memories that day!
TROY MARTIN, JULIE FORD, RICHARD
The Former UA Cinema 4 Tyler Mall
May 21, 2011
April 29, 2012, Julie, Bruce, and I saw Tim Curry in "What
About Dick" by Eric Idle at The Orpheum Theatre in
downtown Los Angeles.
I ran into old friends and made some new ones. I met with Lou Adler
in the lobby and we talked for a while.
The show itself was "OK". Too many dick jokes for me.
It was great to see Eric and the others, but I was there to see
It was obvious that most of the audience was there for Tim as well.
They went crazy for him when he took the stage.
He got the biggest laughs and rounds of applause. I met up with
him at the back stage entrance after the show.
As always he was gracious and kind to me. He said, "Hi Troy!
I didn't know that you were here. I would have come out here sooner."
WOW! How's that for cool? I asked him to sign a very rare promo
poster from "Read My Lips" for a friend of mine.
He took one look at the poster and was astounded. He asked me, "Where
did you get THAT?" Was I ever that young?"
was more than pleased to sign it for me. He then turned his attention
to the other fans that were there to greet him.
There were 2 teenaged girls and their mother. They had driven out
from the Inland Empire to see the show.
They pestered their mother into sticking around in the hope of seeing
He made their night by posing in some pictures with them.
Someone handed Tim a photo of him as Pennywise, and he said, in
a low, serious voice, "I LOVED doing that show!"
He said "Goodnight." and headed back into the theater.
14, 2012, I attended the premiere of "FDR: American Badass!"
at the Vista Theater.
Barry Bostwick, Jesse Merlin, who played Werewolf Hitler, and
Ross Patterson, the film's director were in attendance.
ROCKY HORROR fans from all over the West Coast showed up, too!
It was great to hang with Barry & Jesse! They did a Q&A
and stuck around to sign autographs.
"FDR: American Badass!" is hysterical, and Barry's performance
as FDR is really a joy to watch!
Another fun night!
this time, Nora McGillivray, Brandi Johnson, Gilbert Shannon,
and Jim Cochrane had all passed on.
All of them were ROCKY HORROR pioneers, Tiffany Alumni, and important
contributors to the ROCKY HORROR community.
Jim was the bass player in the first band that I was in. And Gilbert
was the first drummer I ever played with.
Nora was one of the most wonderful people that I ever knew.
They were loved by so many people. It reminds me that life is
so short. It goes by so very quickly.
It was around this time that there was serious talk about a Tiffany
It had now been nearly 30 years since our beloved Tiffany Theater
To mark the event, Lisa Kurtz Sutton and I organized the "I
Survived the Tiffany Alumni Reunion".
It was simple, if you saw ROCKY HORROR at the Tiffany, either
on the screen or on the stage, you were welcome.
Most of us hadn't seen each other since that late March evening
I got in touch with SINS O' THE FLESH
cast leader Jason Satterfield and Marc
Edward Hueck, the Nuart projectionist.
I let them know that we were coming to celebrate at their theater,
and they gave us the green light.
For this important occasion, I was determined to have a
screen accurate Crim costume.
In all my years of ROCKY HORROR, it was the one goal that I had
never achieved. This time things would be different.
To do it right, I contacted some of the finest costume makers
in the ROCKY HORROR community.
Mina Credeur from Columbia's
Closet made my ascot and my velvet smoking jacket.
Mina also made Julie a new Columbia tailcoat, top-hat, and bow-tie.
Jaimie Froemming made my 7-button waistcoat, and Lauren Matesic
Bregman from Castle
Corstery made my high collared No-Neck tuxedo shirt.
I found a fantastic pair of very expensive black dress slacks
by sheer luck, and I already had a great pair of Italian wing-tip
Jo Suzy Q Nelson sent me a hanky from the 2009 UK tour of "THE
ROCKY HORROR SHOW". I even had Transylvanian Lightning
Bolt cufflinks made.
And when I put all together, it all fit me properly. Richard joked,
"It's about time you finally got a proper costume!"
The only thing missing was a wig. I knew that I could never get
one together on time without spending a lot of money.
But Julie pointed out, "You used to just spray your hair,
anyway. You should do it now and keep with tradition."
I decided to roll with that. Finding a can of Silver Streaks 'N'
Tips was the hardest item of them all to find.
Survived the Tiffany Alumni Reunion" was held
March 9, 2013.
It was 4 days short of the 30th anniversary of the actual closing
of the Tiffany.
We could not believe how many people showed up! Some people
that showed up that I had not seen since the night the Tiffany
We knew that some people couldn't make it. Barry Bostwick had
an important commitment in San Diego that night, but he
sent me a message me to deliver to the audience at the Nuart.
Not only did Tiffany Alumni show up, some brought their families
Luminaries from the Southern California ROCKY HORROR community,
among them, Bernie Bregman, Ray Thompson,
Bill Ung from MIDNIGHT INSANITY,
and Will Goodman from Ventura's TOO
MUCH COFFEE CAST joined us.
We started with a gathering on the hill across the street from
the Tiffany for a photo shoot.
ARTHUR GRAY, IRIS GRAY,
DENNIS MILLER, SHANI MOORE, JAMES DOCKERY, NORA SALISBURY
MICHELE MORRIS, BOBBI SNIDER, MICHAEL SUGAR, JAY GOLDSTEIN,
LISA KURTZ SUTTON
BRETT PEARCE, DAWN MORRISON, RICHARD GIFFORD, TROY MARTIN, RAY
The Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
March 9, 2013
more people showed up when we gathered at Canter's
Kibbitz Room on Fairfax Ave. for drinks, dinner, and
the sharing of memories, stories,
and Rocky memorabilia. Even the infamous underwear that Barry
Bostwick presented to the Tiffany back in 1981 made a special
And we had "A Toast...To Absent Friends." .
Everyone that attended recieved a commemorative badge and a
DVD of all of the Tiffany footage that I had been compiling
over the years. It was a blast!
From there, we went back to our respective homes and hotel rooms
where we "got ready for Rocky" and headed to the Nuart
to see our favorite film.
TROY MARTIN, JULIE FORD, RICHARD
Los Angeles CA
March 9, 2013
We had 35 people from our group that showed up at the Nuart that
night. Not bad for a middle-aged bunch!
Several other die-hard ROCKY HORROR fans showed up to pay their
respects to us and what we represented.
The Nuart Theater and SINS O' THE FLESH
extended their most gracious hospitality to us.
Our Tiffany Alumni group were escorted into the theater first
so that we could get the best seats in the house.
Jason Satterfeld described the history of ROCKY HORROR in Los
Angeles in great detail during his opening monologue.
He then introduced us to the audience. The crowd loved it! And
so we loved 'em back!
Jason then introduced me, and I delivered Barry's message to the
JAMES DOCKERY, DENNIS MILLER, RICHARD
GIFFORD, JULIE FORD, TROY MARTIN, JILL McMANUS, BRETT PEARCE
BERNIE BREGMAN, LISA KUTZ SUTTON, DIANA FITZGERALD, JAY GOLDSTEIN,
SHANI MOORE, MICHELE MORRIS
Los Angeles CA
March 9, 2013
by David Hayes
On April 12, 2013, I went to see "SHOCK TREATMENT"
performed by SINS O' THE FLESH
at the Nuart.
I honestly enjoyed watching SINS perform more than watching the
I still think the film is a shit sandwich with the music as it's
only redeeming quailty.
"SHOCK TREATMENT" does nothing for me. Nothing
can change my mind about that.
On April 20, 2013, EROTIC NIGHTMARES
attended The Hollywood Show at the LAX Westin.
Julie thought it would be a great idea to have a picture of us
taken with Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell.
It was great to finally meet Pat and Nell! Pat & I spent a
lot of time talking about "I Claudius".
Pat and Nell signed my RHPS LP cover and my (#01809 of 2000) copy
of "THE ROCKY HORROR SCRAPBOOK".
Barry had already signed my album for me, so he signed my copy
of "FDR: American Badass!"
I gave them all a "I Survived the Tiffany Alumni Reunion"
badge and a DVD.
RICHARD GIFFORD, NELL CAMPBELL, JULIE
PATRICIA QUINN, BARRY BOSTWICK, TROY MARTIN
Los Angeles CA
April 20, 2013
after all of that fun, the Summer of 2013 had some real bummer moments.
Garrett Gafford, the longest-running Frank at the Tiffany, passed
away on May 4, 2013.
If there ever was a "Rocky Horror Legend", it was Garrett
Gafford. Garrett was iconic, and influential.
A few days later we learned that Tim Curry had had a stroke the
On August 8, 2013, CIM Group began the demolition of The Tiffany
Theater to make way for it's new "Sunset Strip Experience".
The news made a lot of people very sad. The Tiffany was one of
the things that brought me to Hollywood in first place.
Over the years, I always drove by the theater when I had business
on the Sunset Strip, or if I was going to, or headed home from
It saddened me to see that this once vibrant place was now devoid
of life and energy.
But the theater was old and it had been neglected for years. It
was a decaying eyesore.
It lost all of it's visual appeal when it was remodeled and covered
in gray stucco years earlier.
Besides, the City of West Hollywood never met a development project
or a liquor license that it didn't like.
Fortunately, the Tiffany's
iconic sign was still intact. The cartouche had been painted
gray to match the ugly stucco.
But the letters that spelled out "T
I F F A N Y" in a combination of both neon and blinking
light bulbs were still intact.
It was these seeing these lights for the first time that I still
consider one of the happiest moments of my life.
A preservation effort to save the sign was organized by Alison
Martino of Vintage
LA, and the letters were saved.
On August 26, 2013, Tommy Gelinas of Valley
Relics, with Jason Relic on the crane, removed the Tiffany's
The letters were then moved to Tommy's new Valley
Museum in Chatsworth CA.
Lisa Kurtz Sutton and Jay Goldstein also deserve special praise
for their efforts in preserving the sign.
The demolition of the Tiffany Theater was completed on August
in time. And lost in space. And meaning."
late September 2013, our beloved Dawn Morrison passed on.
Dawn was the first person I met at the Tiffany. She was an integral
part of our group of friends.
We were devestated by her passing.
Dawn was my friend, roommate, and one of the great loves of my
But then there was finally
some good news.
On October 12, 2013, Tommy Gelinas opened his Valley Relics Museum
in Chatsworth CA.
The letters from the Tiffany sign were put on display.
200 new light bulbs were added.
Garrett Gafford's "Floor Show Frank"
costume, a photo of her performing in it, the plaque presented
to her on behalf of the Tiffany,
and a flyer from tthe Tiffany's 3rd Anniversary show were put
on permanent display. It all looks great, too!
I'm grateful that it did not wind up buried in a landfill somewhere.
Something that I loved, and which represented an important part
of my life is now on a wall in a museum. I think that's pretty
December 15, 2013
important Tiffany artifact were the
infamous "Tighty Whiteys" that Barry Bostwick had presented
to the Tiffany in 1981.
Barry had mentioned them the Blu-ray special features interview,
Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast".
He asks, "I wonder who has my underwear now?"
Well...here's the story...
Before the Tiffany closed in 1983, Richard Gifford had won them
in a Riff-Raffle. He traded them to Jim Cochrane for an "SA"
Jim kept them on the wall of his office for nearly 30 years until
he passed on in November 2011.
Ginny, Jim's widow, decided to bequeath the "Tighty Whiteys"
to a worthy person in the ROCKY HORROR community.
She decided that Bernie Bregman was the right person. Bernie's
contributions to the ROCKY
HORROR community, his knowledge of SoCal ROCKY HORROR history,
his respect for the legacy of the Tiffany, being a LA native,
a "dominant" Brad, BOSS
Winner, and a friend of Barry were factors that worked in his
December 15, 2013, Bernie and I
drove to her house to pick up the tighty whiteys.
Later that night, I contacted Barry and told him Bernie now had
Barry replied, "I'm glad they are in good hands…thanks
for the heads up…its always good to know the journey of your tighty
2013 had started off great, then had some very sad and tragic
moments, but then bounced back with a renewed spirit of optimism.
I was now preparing to celebrate my 35th Anniversary of being
a die-hard ROCKY HORROR fan.
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