From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Fw: (urth) Mattachine Tower Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2003 22:26:18 -0500 I just did a google on this--quite fascinating! -a- > 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? > > > --