|I'd been out of the closet for several years when I met my first lover, Don Higdon.
We were a couple for four years, from 1970 through 1973.
Don was still a student at Birmingham-Southern during our first three years together.
He was an aspiring actor with lots of talent, and we spent a lot of time fantasizing about the high-flying careers we were each destined to have.
|At left is a portrait Don used as an 8"x10" glossy when he was looking for acting gigs.|
|Don was also a terrific artist, so we spent a lot of time drawing each other.
On the left below is a figure study I did of Don around 1971. Next to it is a drawing of Don playing the leading role in a production of e. e. cummings's play him.
|(Trivial digression: Don's co-star, seen sharing the bed with him above, was Shannon Eubanks, who had a leading role in the original cast of the soap opera Loving.)|
On the right is
a great drawing
that Don did of me.
Unfortunately, Don's acting dreams were sidetracked in the end by diabetes, a disease that kept his health precarious for his entire adult life.
He died in Los Angeles in 1993.
|You can read more about my life with Don in the Preface I wrote for my book Early Barefootz, and you can even catch a cinematic glimpse of him playing a bit part in a movie, assuming your local video store carries the 1975 Don Johnson flick Return to Macon County.
(Don's the well-behaved guy on a date being harrassed by testosterone-intoxicated good-old-boys during the film's first five minutes.)
NetFlix didn't have a DVD of it when I last checked (in Dec. 2004).
|Don and I split up in 1973. The good news is that we remained friends for the rest of his life. And the other good news is that a second great guy was waiting for me up north.
Move ahead to get the lowdown on Eddie Sedarbaum.