The Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six – Issue 5

Hey folks!

After a long, lonnnng wait, Steve Austin and Jaime Summers returned, yesterday, in the latest-installment of ‘It Came From Deep Space,’ sending ‘Bionic Wednesday’ fans to their computers and comic’s stores at 60+ MPH, (in sound-effects included slo-mo, of course) in their haste to soak-it-up. (I’ve read it a few-times, now.) Once-again, James Kuhoric shows us who’s in-control, setting the final-pace for the next-issue’s climactic conclusion; while – he weaves a few hints about where this story is going from here, into the narrative: Bigfoot, Dr. Dolenz, Barney Hiller, not to mention Maskatron’s fate. Will he end as enemy, or – friend? It’s almost-certain that James will want to revisit this character, again, if Dynamite keeps this series printing; and judging by this story’s still-growing popularity (in-concert with the release of The Bionic Woman title coming up), this seems inevitable. Yet, how many times have we seen the ‘suits’ kill something we like? That said, Dynamite allowed Kevin Smith’s ‘Bionic Man’ title(s) to go on for a considerable amount of time; and – after the 10-part ‘Some Assembly Acquired’ launch, that series didn’t hold a candle to this series’ revitalization of that old-classic.

It’s clear, that James Kuhoric has a firm grasp of what the fans have been wanting, and he knows these characters, as-intimately, as we do. I’ve felt as if I’ve been watching a newly-discovered ‘forgotten’ episode of the show, from the first issue. We’ve picked-up right where Universal left us 36 years ago, at the end of the series’ fifth-season cancellation, in 1978. But, Mr. Kuhoric has gone further, bringing the show’s never-seen-on-TV arch-nemesis Maskatron into the mix, delighting cyborg’s fans the world-over, as we’re witness to them going at it full-throttle! My God, my Steve Austin and Maskatron action-figures had a battle to the death, when I was a kid! Plus, he’s reunited Jaime Summer’s with Steve (what, with their show’s final seasons being separated by network contract entanglements); and – he’s brought us a long-forgotten character, in Oliver Spencer, from TSMDM‘s pilot movie. Let’s not forget the slew of familiar faces we’ve seen sprinkled throughout: Dr. Joan Anderson, Carla Peterson, Peggy Callahan, NSB Inspector Jack Hanson, and – the aforementioned Barney Hiller (‘The Seven Million Dollar Man’).

The action and drama has been intense, as-has the dry humor and compassion from these beloved figures, that we grew to love in the shows. We’ve seen the emergence of old, and – new, thugs and villains, friends turning into monsters, enemies turning into friends – (??), the return of super-weapons and the creation of awesome prototypes (Russia’s B-YAGA), as-well-as aliens… This series is jam-packed with fan-favorites, and James hasn’t even scratched the surface, yet! There are hundreds and characters and stories the could be fleshed-out and revisited; and because he’s not limited by a studio budget, the sky’s the limit!

Personally, I have truly-loved every minute of this story and I cannot wait to see how James wraps it all up, next-month, in what is sure to be an emotionally-charged, action-packed, surprise-filled conclusion. It’s about to ‘go-bionic’ alright, and there’s no telling where things will stand when the dust settles. But, that’s what’s amazing about James Kuhoric’s story; I have no fracking idea what is going to happen! Please, if you haven’t read this reboot, and you’re a fan of these shows, do yourself a favor and buy this series. Now’s the time to catch-up on The Six Million Dollar Man, (guest-starring The Bionic Woman‘s Jaime Summers), and – let your inner-kid have a fun-romp back in time. It’s well-worth the butterfly collars, leisure suits and bell-bottoms, I assure you.

Lt. Eric Cone

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Item on Bucket List fulfilled… Check

I have been collecting comic books for 40-odd years and I’ve always wanted one of my questions answered in the letter’s page of one… That HAPPENED today; my God! But I was so blown-away by Tony Shasteen’s art and Mike Johnson’s story, that it didn’t hit me until later today!! I’m so unbelievably honored, that my dream was fulfilled in their comic; more-so, that it’s Star Trek, (not to mention, a DS9 comic crossover; my favorite series) AND – that my EXCLUSIVE review of the previous issue (#35) was acknowledged in my question’s submission.

Wow! I mean, Capt. Benjamin Sisko is the only ‘series’ captain I have on my desk, at work; (I have the Communicator Magazine special edition Capt. Mackenzie Calhoun, as well; but he’s not ‘canon’). Plus, the cover of this issue features Sisko prominently, along with the ‘new’ Kirk and Spock! I have no problem defending these newest-movies, and I can’t begin to comprehend the fact that I’m mentioned in this latest-issue. I’m just over-the-moon, and I had to share.

Totally awesome!

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Review of New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics

Here’s your VisionaryTrek.com EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK at Joseph F. Berenato’s new book.

A little-over a year ago, a new FB friend, (whom – I met on a Dayton Ward comment thread), invited me to like his New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics FB page. I knew, as soon as I saw what the page was about, that I would be awaiting something special; and I’ve followed it’s progress with great interest, since-then. Indeed, me and Joseph F. Berenato (New Life’s editor and brainchild), have become (I consider) good friends, because of this outstanding book; (despite our having never-met, in real-life). In January, I asked Michael Clark and Bunny Summers if I could run a story on this much-anticipated book, and they gave me their blessing.

So, I put a three-question request together, then I solicited some responses and begged-participation from the book’s contributors in a FB Instant Message; (these-being well-known writers, authors, artists and editors; giants in their fields). They were very-gracious and provided me (this green, upstart, unknown wannabe, of no experience) with invaluable insights and fascinating behind-the-scenes looks into what they had written. I put it all together and I wrote an exclusive article (one called it ‘lengthy’, which made me smile), publishing it on the VisionaryTrek.com site; and, Wow…it garnered very-good reviews (for-which, I would like to thank, all of you).

Now, I’m here to tell you about this finished, soon-to-be-released book from Sequart Organization, and – why you should get your hands on a copy for your own library. (It will debut at Shore Leave Con, the first-weekend in August, but I have been given an exclusive look. Also, Joe will be moderating a panel there, with several of these contributors.) In a word, New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics is Awesome! It’s everything I was hoping for, and – more. This amazingly-researched, lovingly-written anthology takes us on a journey into every aspect of Star Trek comics; from the brand’s many publishers (7), to the off-the-wall stuff, which has it’s own niche in this franchise empire. Each writer was tasked with writing essays on a specific era in Star Trek comic’s history (which – spans from July 1967, to today, with only a brief hiatus, back in ’03-’06), and they’ve pulled-it-off brilliantly. This is a first-of-its-kind masterpiece. It’s jam-packed with knowledge, interviews with writers and artists of-the-day, photos of each era’s works and lots of cool insights into how the genre was shaped, and how it has grown into what it is today. This is an incredible trove of facts; all penned by fans who love Star Trek as much as we do.

Here are some examples of what you’ll see within these pages: Did you know that the artists and writers for Gold Key had never seen an episode of Star Trek when the comic-line first came out? That’s one of the tidbits Scott Tipton‘s essay tells us. Alan J. Porter says that Captain Kirk was far-removed, from what Americans knew him to be; he was an ‘ineffective and somewhat rash leader’ in the Joe 90: Top Secret British strips. According to Kevin Dilmore, Chekov was, once-again, absent from a line of coloring books from Western Publishing Co in the late-70′s; just as he was, from TAS.

Rich Handley takes us on a trek through the U.S. newspaper strips and he covers items that were scrapped, left undone or never developed. Jim Beard writes about Marvel’s first Star Trek run; while Dayton Ward goes into their second-go, in the 90′s. Bob Greenberger gives us the goods on the creation of TNG during his editor-days at DC. Keith R. A. DeCandido goes back to Wildstorm, (which utilized the talents of some very-respected ST writers); Martín A. Perez explores the Peter David New Frontier comics; Cody Walker has the IDW ‘new’ Star Trek movie tie-ins; plus – there are many more.

All-total, there are 17 contributors at-work, here; with a foreword by Star Trek icon, David Gerrold. I love everything about New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, and – I’m absolutely certain, that you will, also. As I like to say: “This is #GreatStarTrek!” Some of the greatest-minds of the genre are at-play, doing what they do best: entertain, inform, and – advance this mighty franchise into another era. I’m honored to have been included in this epic work, and at having the opportunity to work with these titans, myself.

On a personal-note: “Thanks, Joe, for your assistance, at every turn, and – for the mention of little-ol’ me, and my colleagues across the pond, at VisionaryTrek.com, in your terrific introduction. We are humbled and grateful, Sir. Congratulations, on a job well-done” (And, yes…I will be purchasing my copy.)

Lt. Eric Cone

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Salt Lake Comic Con Bracing for 120,000 in September!

There was a press conference today, for Salt Lake Comic Con; (as they took a break during the Fantasy Con, that was just held here). There were some big announcements made, and the one that struck me, was that tickets are selling at 4-times faster than the rate of SLCC13 and FanX (held in April)! The producers and organizers are expecting to sell out and they are now-expecting in excess of 120,000 fans in September!! That is staggering! It also-shows how devoted WE are, and how wildly-popular these events are becoming. We are setting historic records and the enthusiasm only-seems to be growing!

I’m going to give you the press release I received today and let you savor the goodness of what’s on-tap, thus-far. There is terrific news and, yes – your feedback is being heard…

Gandalf, Trolls, a Great White Orc, Gollum, Hercules, Autolycus and Victorian Mini-Park bring Fantasy to Salt Lake Comic Con

SALT LAKE CITY, July 8, 2014 – Salt Lake City will be swept away to a time between the Dawn of Faerie and the Dominion of Men when Weta Workshop and Evermore Park arrive at Salt Lake Comic Con (http://saltlakecomiccon.com/) along with Gandalf, Trolls, Azog and Gollum full-scale statues and a Victorian Mini-Park and more on September 4-6, 2014 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

New Zealand’s Weta Workshops is best known for the company’s design and effects work on award-winning film and TV projects, including Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, District 9, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess and The Hobbit Trilogy. Weta Workshop houses a range of disciplines under one roof – including conceptual design, weapons, armour & chainmaille, specialist props, vehicles, specialty costumes, models & miniatures, special makeup & prosthetics and public art & displays.

“Weta was a huge hit and fan favorite last September,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “We’re excited that Weta will be joining us again and are confident fans will be blown away again this year with its new Hobbit collectibles, the Troll statues and more exciting surprises. There’s a lot of anticipation for the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies that is scheduled for release this December and we’re thrilled to bring Weta to Salt Lake City.”

Manu Bennett is a Salt Lake Comic Con fan favorite. He played Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit and will be making his second appearance at Salt Lake Comic Con this year. In addition to his role as Azog, Bennett also played Crixus in the Starz TV series Spartacus and is currently starring as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke the Terminator in CW’s Arrow.

Kevin Sorbo is best known for his role as Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Weta Workshop created many characters for this TV series and Xena: Warrior Princess that featured both Sorbo and Bruce Campbell, another September guest. Kevin’s currently starring in the adventure fantasy feature film series Mythica that was filmed and produced in Utah. The first installment of the five-part series Mythica: Quest for Heroes will premiere at Salt Lake Comic Con.

Dean O’Gorman is best known for his role as the dwarf Fili in The Hobbit trilogy. He also played Anders in The Almighty Johnsons.

“In a recent Facebook poll, Salt Lake Comic Con fans were asked which alumni guests they’d like to have come back this September and among the top names were Manu Bennett, Kevin Sorbo, Lou Ferrigno and Stan Lee,” said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing. “So far we’ve delivered on three of those four names. We’re building our Salt Lake Comic Con fantasy pavilion and Weta, Evermore Park, Manu, Kevin and Dean are significant parts of making fantasies come true for a huge percentage of our fans. Stay tuned for more fantasy guests and features.”

Evermore is a forty-five acre Fantasy “Adventure Park”, designed to mimic an authentic old European village, set in the Victorian Era. Evermore will premiere a 1400 sq. foot “sneak-peek” at Salt Lake Comic Con. Phase-1 is scheduled to open October 2015 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Evermore invites guests to experience fantasy firsthand through year-round themed attractions, immersive entertainment, and state of the art experiential technologies. The entire park will change from one season to the next. During “Summer Fest”, Evermore presents the “Carnival of Wonders,” an event driven season, with acrobatics, dance, theater, and music. “Autumn Fest” will transform Evermore into the world’s largest and most elaborate Haunted Experience called “Ripper’s Cove.” During “Winter Fest”, “An Evermore Christmas” will welcome guests into a timeless Fantasy Christmas Spectacular.

To date tickets to September’s Salt Lake Comic Con are selling at a record pace, almost 4 times faster than the first Salt Lake Comic Con and FanXperience (FanX) last April. Salt Lake Comic Con organizers expect to sell out and set a new record for attendance with more than 120,000 attendees.

To buy tickets to September’s Salt Lake Comic Con or for more information, check out the Salt Lake Comic Con website. For sponsorships and booths click here.

ABOUT SALT LAKE COMIC CON:
Salt Lake Comic Con is organized by Dan Farr Productions in partnership with Media One of Utah, a joint operating agreement between the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and ABC4/CW30 of the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Dan Farr Productions is an event and marketing group devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium celebrities and brands in the pop culture arena. Dan Farr Productions is dedicated to producing spectacular celebrations of popular culture that lead the market in providing exceptional and rewarding experiences for our consumers, fans, celebrity guests, vendors and partners. Find out more at: http://www.SaltLakeComicCon.com, http://www.mediaoneutah.com, http://www.abc4.com/.

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Thanks…

It’s been a few days, since – I dropped my mask, to you all, (here’s the link to that blog) and I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and well-wishes I’ve received. I’m confident that I’ve done the right thing, (for once in my life), and I’m filled with hope, and a renewed sense of optimism, within myself, as-well-as towards my fellow-man, and – woman.

My dad passed-away almost 16 years ago, and even-though we did make-amends before he died, I’ve never felt his ‘presence’ in my life, like I have with others who’ve passed-on. I had been thinking about my decision to ‘come out’ for months, and I’d talked to Erica about it on numerous occasions; but I couldn’t seem to get the nerve-up to actually do it. The tumblers were moving, but the lock wasn’t clicking into place, ya know…

On Saturday, I was working, and I had to contact a man named William Cone; (that’s the first time I’ve ever contacted someone named Cone, and he didn’t answer…) William was my dad’s middle name, and his father’s first name, as well. When I saw that name pop-up on the screen, my blog started spilling out of me, within minutes, right there at my desk! My dad and I didn’t see eye-to-eye, and it was, in-part, his unacceptance of me, that had led my life’s journey, thus-far. But, seeing that name was like a sledgehammer to the head: “I accept you, son. You have my blessing. Be happy…” I have no idea who William Cone is, and – getting his answering machine was probably fated; but, I want to thank him, anyway… To me, it was a message from God, too: “I’ve got your back. Go forth.”

The encouragement and support has come from some of the unlikeliest of places. Some of your responses have touched the blackest-places in my heart and, they have shed-light on my soul, in ways I never imagined. It’s like 48 years of tension has just drained right out my body! I feel better than I ever have… I know with every fiber of my being, that I’ve done the right thing, and – I’m proud of myself for ‘taking my life back.’

Thank you – ALL of you – for standing by my side, and for standing up. It’s meant the world to me… As a friend said: “Here’s to the next 48.” Damn right!

Love ya all,
Eric

We’re Closing In…

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It’s coming SOON! Read up!

Originally posted on Joseph F. Berenato:

As most of you know by now, I’m sure, I am very excited about the pending release of the first book with my name on the spine — New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics. I am pleased to announce that the book will make its world premiere during the first weekend of August here:

33full500Shore Leave 36 will take place August 1-3, 2014 at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Not only will the book make its debut there, but I have also been invited as a guest.

Me. I am a guest. An invited guest. At a sci-fi convention.

Oh, if only I could go back and tell this to my twelve-year-old self! But I digress…

I will also be moderating a panel discussing both the book and Star Trek comics in general, along with contributors Robert Greenberger, Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Taking My Life Back

Today, (June 29th) I’m turning 48… Events in my life, (especially, most-recently), have made me look at where I’m at in life and I’m not impressed with what I see, or – with who I am; but – I’m too-stubborn to give up, so I’m taking my life back. All of my life, it seems, I’ve had a black cloud following me around, everywhere I go, putting a damper on everything I do. I try to do what everyone expects, I try to do the right thing, I try to be a good person and help-out others when I can; but, no matter what I do, I’m always beaten-back, turning people away and constantly restarting my life; becoming even-harder, each time.

Today, I’m beginning, yet – again. This time, though, it’s going to be on MY terms, and some of you may turn-away, after you’re finished reading this. That’s too-bad – for you… I’ve lived this miserable existence for you, until – now, and – I’m done. If you’re too mentally-stunted, or God-smacked, within your own life to understand what I’m doing here, today, then I don’t need you, anyway. And, before you start railing about how God is going to forsake me, and – cast me into the fires of hell, for all eternity, well…I’ll see you when you get there… I’ll be the one in the charred Star Trek T-shirt and awesome, (equally-crisped) genuine-leather Australian hat, eating the well-done bacon double-cheeseburger…

See, it was my faith in God (and a lot of prayer), that led me to this crossroads, today. (I was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church at Easter Sunday Mass in 2001.) This is my testimony, as it were; my worldwide confession. Now, if God was going to roast me over the spit, like a pig at a Texas GOP Tea Party hoedown, He wouldn’t have made my path, here, so-obvious or, better-yet, He wouldn’t have made me who I am, to begin with. So, I go forward knowing, that I do so with His blessings. I know a little, firsthand, about His divine power, and – let’s just say, I trust my gut, on this decision, too. I’ve been the recipient of His miracles, as-well-as, His humbling sense of humor, quite-a-number of times in my life, and I’ve drug my cross a-many-a-mile. I’ve taken my lumps, but this will be the first-time I’ve heeded His lessons… I think you’ve all got it wrong; He just wants us to be TRUE to ourselves!

First-off, it’s honesty and clarity that are going to rule my day; carrying me forward, for however many days I have left remaining to me. My lack of honesty, thus-far, (within myself), has obstructed me at every turn, keeping me from reaching other shores, and it’s time to turn the tide. I’m already-considered (by many) to be an asshole, so what have I got to lose; I’ve tried it your way, and it hasn’t brought me a lot of success. Indeed, I’ve had a lot of despair, and a ton of resentment. I’m tired of being bogged-down by regret and what-ifs, second-guessing every single decision I make. Enough! In this case, the needs of the one, outweigh the needs of the many…

Number 1: I’m gay. Yup, been this way, ever-since I can remember; (Hell, I’d go as-far-back, as the first-time I watched The Six Million Dollar Man… Sorry, if I’ve ruined something for you, saying that; you’ll live.) No, I didn’t choose to be this way; I, foolishly, chose to be something I’m not. How ironic… Yes, I’ve been married, had children, ‘lived the lie,’ and – yes, I’ve ‘hid in the closet,’ for all of these years. Why..? Because, that’s what was expected of me. But, I loved my wife (it was, actually, ‘love at first sight’), I adore my kids (especially, the one I lost, last year, through folly of my stupid choices; and – God knows, I love Erica! Erica is only-one, [of a handful] whom – I have confided-in); I wouldn’t ever change these life experiences, for anything! If it wasn’t for the expectations placed on my life, by my family and friends, I might’ve gone an entirely different path and I’d’ve missed-out on these blessings in my life… No, I’m not going to start dressing in women’s clothes or posting pictures of barely-clothed men on my social-media pages (sorry, that’s not me), or – become a bad influence on your kids; but, most-importantly, I’m not going to change how I treat you. I like my masculinity just the way it is, Thank you, but – I’m not going to cater to your expectations/limitations, any-longer, either. Some of you have ridiculed me, or, nastily-teased me about my sexuality, for years, so this comes as no surprise, to you, then… It’s just, now – I won’t deny it. I am what I am… Yes, I’ll probably still be an asshole; but I’ll be a happier one.

Secondly, I don’t want anyone to misconstrue my coming-out as a political change in my beliefs: I do not believe gays and lesbians should ‘marry’ in the ‘traditional’ sense of the word. I still believe in the sanctity of marriage, between a man and a woman; always have, always will. However, I DO believe gays and lesbians should be afforded the SAME rights and benefits, as any married couple. Don’t get me wrong, if you want to have a ceremony and proclaim your love for each other, I’m all for it; hell, invite me to your nuptials and I’ll party-it-up, with you! (Just go easy on the tequila… I tend to dance on tables, and shed clothing… Ahem…) That said, I just don’t think you should be married in the eyes of the law. That’s just me. A civil union would meet the same criteria, as a marriage license, to me.

Finally, all my life, from-school, to-present, I have been bullied, beaten-down, held back and, otherwise humiliated and shamed, by others (and, even-sometimes, from my own actions), because I haven’t taken a stand and lived MY life the way I should have. I’ve led a life of denial and I’ve made choices based on other people’s beliefs. I’ve lied, cheated, stolen, I’ve been a racist (back in the South) and treated others with disrespect, I’ve bowed to peer pressure and committed stupid acts; and – dammit, this is NOT who I am. I’ve not lived an easy life, or – a righteous one; but…sometimes you do what you gotta do, to survive. I’m glad to say, that I’ve put my hatred and intolerance for others (in my youth) behind me, and – I have a diverse group of friends (some of which, I’m proud to call family; my brothers and sisters.) Life is too-short for our ridiculous attitudes towards people of color, sexuality, religious affiliation, etc; we all live, die, and get the same hole in the ground at the end of this life. We all bleed the same color… What I’m trying to say is, I’m not perfect; I’m no saint and I have skeletons rattling their bones in my closet. But, this, today – is my way of facing them and forging-ahead. Yes, I’ve come a lonnnnng way, but, God willing, I’ll continue to grow. If you’re reading this, then – I’ve hit the ‘publish’ tab and have taken a huge leap in my personal-growth.

I’m a geek, I AM a nerd, and – I’m proud of that! I love to read Star Trek books and watch the episodes/movies. Did you know, I’m even a character-namesake in a Star Trek NYT Best Seller: ‘Peaceable Kingdoms’ by Dayton Ward? I love Star Wars and Batman. I love comic books. I love a damn-good crime novel, or the suspense of John Grisham; (last year, I was part of Grisham’s FB cover-photo and seen by over a million-and-a-half of his fans). I’m friends with dozens of writers, editors, publishers, authors, comic-book artists and creators, and a few celebrities, too. I love to write and I’m trying very-hard to make that dream a reality, at VisionaryTrek.com, Free Comic Book Day and other places. I love going to Salt Lake Comic Con (I’m a member of the press corps) and meeting new people; and I love sharing their experiences with everyone. I love football (Goooooo Gators!), NASCAR (the Interstate is my personal track…), baseball, the summer AND winter Olympic Games, going camping, sitting by the river and reading a good book, going on long rides through the mountains, and cooking good food. I love being a hermit, as well; but some of that comes from the life I led, yesterday, (and from letting people shit on me). Nothing would make me happier, than to find someone who enjoys reading, writing, walks, campfires, talking politics and philosophy and, giving-up my lonely days, to fulfill my dreams with someone who shares those simple pleasures. We all want happiness, right… But, I’m ok to be in my own company, too; now – I hope to enjoy it, instead of always-cowering in those dark shadows and brooding about how I could have done it differently.

What it all boils down to is, I’m going to live for me, not you. You’ve taken the first 48 years from me; now, I’m taking the next 48, and – we’ll see how that works out. But, at-least, it’ll be on MY terms…eh? For those of you who still call me family, or – friend, after reading this, well…Thank you, for your love and support; (I’m going to need a shitload of it in the coming-days, I’m sure). This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but, by God, (and, through God), it’s mine tomake. Free will, remember? You sin your way, I’ll sin mine; but – we ALL sin. Yeah…you better look in that glass…

Mom… Do not be ashamed; be proud. I’m becoming a man, at 48. This isn’t meant to hurt you, as-much-as, liberate me. Well, it’s done, come what may… I love you! I’d like to thank my cousin Michael, who showed tremendous courage, last year; and who gave me the courage and push (unbeknownst to him) to take this new direction in my life. I should have done this 30 years ago, cuz. And, I thank Michael Jackson, who – through his music, made me face ‘the man in the mirror.’ Finally, I want to ‘thank’ Joe… “I’m not as ‘close-minded,’ as you would believe me to be. In fact, it was you, who opened my eyes.”

That’s all…except, Happy Birthday, to me! Carry on. Let the unfriending and gossip begin. This is me; you live with you…

Love,
Eric

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