San Bernardino, California, USA
October 23
Former Beatnik, former hippie, always bohemian and joyfully married and retired in San Bernardino, California.


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mrjnagrl  1960 Marijuana Girl, cover artist: Santos  "Vintage Paperback & Pulp Fiction Cover Art"    copyright 1995 Jeffrey Luther/PC design PO Box 417 Palo Alto, CA 94302

In the late fifties I had gone to a party at which jazz… Read full post »


Scan"Nurses" at AIDS walk, NYC.

Three weeks post op and not even four weeks since I last posted and that muse bitch of mine has gone off to do something more amusing than to hang out with me during my boring recovery.  I have beseeched and cajoled and… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2011 7:39PM

Rosy Goes Under The Knife



 San Bernardino, Ca.      May 2011

Some of you may (or may not) have noticed that I haven’t been posting either comments or new sections of my memoir lately.  This is due to some recent medical testing and procedures that have been going on… Read full post »


 Our house in San Bernardino, California.

  It is with a heavy heart that I say I that it came as no surprise to me that my father's last will and testament was designed to make certain that I would never forget how little he thought of me. My mother… Read full post »

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MAY 26, 2011 8:05PM

Rosies California Dream


mickeyMickey contemplating the view from our balcony in Anaheim.

 Flying over palm trees as our plane descends for our landing at LAX after our trip to New York, I find I am very happy to be coming back to what I nowRead full post »



 In the epicenter of conservative Orange County, 1997. Photo by Thomas McGovern


It has been good to get to know my mother and father-in-law and it is interesting to observe those traits in Thomas that I admire the most echoed in his father whom I… Read full post »

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APRIL 29, 2011 12:43AM

Rosy And The Marlboro Man, A Love Story


From a 1929 portfolio of German printing arts.

 It was summer vacation, I was ten years old, and with my girlfriends Barbara and Patsy headed for the Loews (we pronounced it Lowees) Theater on Broadway and 181st Street for a matinee.  Loews, 181st Street, was… Read full post »

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APRIL 17, 2011 8:52PM

No Tobacco Road To Joplin And Points West



Thomas and the Yellow Devil, on the road to California, 1997.

Once again I find myself packing to move.  We have an “apartment sale” drawing lots of people to our door and we sell some things and lighten the load while raising much needed cash for… Read full post »

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MARCH 31, 2011 8:10PM

Going North To Schenectady, 1995-1997



 Postcard postmarked Schenectady, 1908, a yard sale find.

In May of 1995, Thomas and I with Shoe the dog drove north to Schenectady, New York to check out what was to be our new home. With the exception of the… Read full post »

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MARCH 15, 2011 9:38PM



subwayMy subway stop. 

In 1994, Thomas decided to quit his job as photo editor at the Village Voice amidst frequent and sometimes unfriendly shifts of editorial personnel and the need to devote more time to his personal work.  It didn’t… Read full post »


r50Rosy at age fifty.  Photo: Thomas McGovern, 1987

 For me, while it mattered a great deal, my work was not all consuming and there was a lot going on in my life besides my job, though my office often… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 13, 2011 3:34PM



Rosy with a patient at the office, 1988          Photo: Susan Kuklin

By the mid eighties our medical practice had grown beyond what Dr X could handle alone and even as we added both medical assistants and clerical help, his workload… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2011 1:14PM

I Am Very Lazy

I am too lazy to explain but there you have it.

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JANUARY 20, 2011 7:06PM

The Death Of My Parents


 My parents circa 1943

With the phone call telling me that my father had died, it was as if a heavy stone had been lifted from my heart.  I shocked even myself at how instantly I felt released.  It was no secret that my father and I had… Read full post »


powpfphoto: Thomas McGovern

In 1965, Jose Sarria, the country's first openly gay political candidate (for San Francisco Supervisor) founded the Imperial Court System and set the Court standard of humor, heart and humanitarianism that today governs more than 65 royal courts in the United… Read full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2010 11:15AM

One More From Rosy The Naughty


Sorry about that, I can't help it.......

DECEMBER 24, 2010 12:28PM

Have a Smokin' Christmas



DECEMBER 23, 2010 12:45PM



The Way to get to Fire Island.

During our interesting, albeit turbulent lives in the eighties and early nineties in New York City we were fortunate to have been able to spend some time at both the Pines, the very high end section of Fire Island, and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2010 4:09PM

A Crush and a Con: The Truth Comes Out

When I was about sixteen , I had a huge crush on one of the soloists of the New York City Ballet, Jaques D'Amboise.  I was also a passionate student of ballet and desperate to get to know my idol.  At the time I was actually the art editor for  Overtone,… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 30, 2010 11:44PM

The Village Voice, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane & Brenda Starr

annie sprinkle

Annie Sprinkle        photo: Thomas McGovern (

Thomas’ AIDS portraits were shown for the first time at the Neikrug Gallery in New York in the winter of 1988 as a fund raiser for the People With AIDS Coalition, better known as PWA Coalition.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2010 8:45PM

It's Been A Year


Rosy's desk, 2010

One year ago  I published my first post on Open Salon and found a community of writers with whom it has been an honor to share these pages.  I take great pride in having been chosen for a number of Editors Picks and now with… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 16, 2010 12:30PM

Love And Death In The Time Of AIDS, NYC 1980's

silencephoto: Thomas McGovern from the 1999 publication Bearing Witness (to AIDS), a ten year photography project on the AIDS crisis. This book is available  from and and signed copies are available directly from the author at

 The drearine… Read full post »


flush Rosy, Flushing Meadow Park, NY circa 1984 Photo: Thomas McGovern

By chance, after about a year with my nice but boring OB/GYN I ran into one of Dr. Neil’s former patients who had always claimed that she would love to have a “secretary” as efficient… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2010 4:38PM

Bikes, Boats, Art, Love, NYC, 1980's


Rosy smoking

Rosy, 1983. Photo by Thomas McGovern

In 1982 the sexist and dismissive term “cougar” had not yet been coined as a way to once again denigrate women in an entirely new way. Inexplicably, I have always been attracted to men younger than… Read full post »



 Portrait of Rosy by Thomas McGovern, New York City, 1982

After my cancer surgery I was ready to begin the new decade as a single and healthy person. I saw some pretty good men now and again but never with serious intent about any of… Read full post »