From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: (urth) Mattachine Tower Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2003 19:32:43 -0500 Back in the 60s, before the Stonewall Rebellion, before gay liberation of any note, the Mattachine Society on the East Coast (and for all I know on the West) was a coded name for a quite sizeable male homosexual club or group here; I expect the historical note is an ironic nod to being "closeted." I doubt that Wolfe knew that! -alga > According to the History Channel, the Mattachines were an Italian > tradition of court jesters who were indulged to "speak the truth" when > appearing masked and hooded. Not to doubt the veracity of the Hitler > Channel, but has anyone else heard of this, or suspect that it folds > into the torturers' tower? > --