Prism & Pen
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Prism & Pen

A Gay Boy’s Crush

The summer of ‘72

Photo by Christopher Campbell on Unsplash

It was the summer of 1972, my second and last season working in my Dad’s electrical supply warehouse on East 25th Street between Superior and St. Clair, a mile east of downtown Cleveland. My father was an engineer — uptight, rigid like the tools that filled the warehouse — though he was in the process of becoming more flexible after the scare of a massive heart attack the year before. In April 1971…



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Judah Leblang

I'm a Boston writer/storyteller. I've written the memoir "Echoes of Jerry,” and numerous commentaries for NPR stations around the US. More at