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TOMMY WILDE, the real one not the scrawny fake who was taken out by a car, was discovered in a Washington D.C. strip club in the summer of 1981 by Man-Age Studios. Man-Age had just been hired as house photographer for the original STARS Magazine by publisher Glenn M. Turner. Tommy was 19 (turned 20 that September), and had in fact been turned down by STARS when he "auditioned" on Glenn's casting couch a couple months before. Glenn had forgotten until his SX-70 audition pic was found. Tommy was a bit shy, a real blond, hung big, super bod & a hot bottom. s
The first photo session was taken in Virginia on a site where a foundation
for a house was going up. The first picture of him he posed with the white with the red
interior smoking a cigarette, & wore a blue "Out magazine" t-shirt &
jeans. The pictures of him posing nude inside the car has become the most famous &
sought after. They were first used by Glenn in a subscription ad with the copy "if
you are looking at the car buy Car & Driver". It was a double session.
Also posing, separately, was D.C. hustler Lonnie Mayles, a legend in his own mind. Based
on this session Glenn decided to put him on the copy along with a major push "look
out Kip Noll, here comes Tommy Wilde"
Tommy had been hustling whenever he needed money but never got a regular job for more than short periods of time. He didn't like hustling nor the tricks. He always, like Ms. Duboi, depended on the kindness of strangers (or Glenn & Man-Age) to let him stay with them while he explored. Tommy had been abused as a child which had taken a toll. Tommy spent time in a Dallas, TX prison convicted of stealing money from his job. He said he was innocent & this being Texas we're sure he was. Fool that he was, he kept returning to visit friends and being careful not to get into trouble. In the late 80s he was in California & had to go away for a few months. He let "friends" move into his apartment to watch over things. When he got out he found they had not paid the rent and had sold everything he owned. Tommy never listened to the good advice Glenn & Man-Age gave. Instead he was drawn like a magnet to abusive lovers & phony friends who used him.
In 1990 he got a call from Chris Noll who had seen his picture in the
debut issue of OUTCOME.
They were both living in San Francisco and had run into each other the week before. Chris
had kept in touch with Man-Age while Tommy lost contact after a "discussion".
Tommy contacted Man-Age & the friendship was rekindled. On July 5, 1991
Tommy arrived back in New York with his alcoholic lover Scott and moved in with Man-Age.
No pix were ever done. He was now 30 and had to find a regular job in
order to live. Scott, a hustler-con artist-user-with a streak of violence , was a talented
plasterer, carpenter, repairman who non-the-less couldn't read, was a thief and spent so
much time drunk that he couldn't keep a job. Tommy worked hard as a waiter and other in
other occupations. Scott, as it turned out, had A.I.D.S. and was
determined to spread it around to the unknowing.
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