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On June 5, 1981 the CDC in their weekly report published an article about 5 young men, all active homosexuals,  in Los Angeles who had come down with Pneumocystis pneumonia.    This would become the anniversary of the AIDS epidemic.   This date is now recognized also as Long Term Survivors Day and this is our topic for Wednesday June 5, 2019.MMWR-Report

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On June 5, 1981 the CDC in their weekly report published an article about 5 young men, all active homosexuals,  in Los Angeles who had come down with Pneumocystis pneumonia.    This would become the anniversary of the AIDS epidemic.   This date is now recognized also as Long Term Survivors Day and this is our topic for Wednesday June 5, 2019.MMWR-Report

 

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FYI

Elton John has said that he took risks with unprotected sex during the 1980s and considers himself lucky to have avoided contracting HIV during the AIDS epidemic.[219] In 1986, he joined with Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder to record the single “That’s What Friends Are For“, with all profits being donated to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The song won John and the others the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. In April 1990, John performed his 1968 ballad “Skyline Pigeon” at the funeral of Ryan White, a teenage haemophiliac he had befriended.[220]

 

John and United States Secretary of State John Kerry discuss AIDS relief and the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C., 24 October 2014

Elton John became more closely associated with AIDS charities following the deaths of his friends Ryan White in 1990 and Freddie Mercury in 1991, raising large amounts of money and using his public profile to raise awareness of the disease.

 

He founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 as a charity to fund programmes for HIV/AIDS prevention, for the elimination of prejudice and discrimination against HIV/AIDS-affected individuals, and for providing services to people living with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. This cause continues to be one of his personal passions. In 1993, he began hosting his annual Academy Award Party, which has become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry, and has raised over US$200 million.[11]

 

To raise money for his AIDS charity, he annually hosts a White Tie & Tiara Ball in the grounds of his home in Old Windsor in Berkshire to which many celebrities are invited.[221] On 28 June 2007, the 9th annual White Tie & Tiara Ball took place. The menu consisted of a truffle soufflé followed by surf and turf and a giant Knickerbocker glory ice cream. An auction followed the dinner held by Stephen Fry. A Rolls Royce ‘Phantom’ drophead coupe and a piece of Tracey Emin‘s artwork both raised £800,000 for the charity fund, with the total amount raised reaching £3.5 million.[222]

 

Later, John sang “Delilah” with Tom Jones and “Big Spender” with Shirley Bassey.[223] The 2011 guests included Sarah, Duchess of York, Elizabeth Hurley and George Michael (who performed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” in a duet with John), and the auction raised £5 million, adding to the £45 million the Balls have raised for the Elton John Aids Foundation.[221]

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Friday Movie & Dinner May 31, 2019

ROCKETMAN (Life of Elton John)

Regal Cypress Creek Theater – 6414 N Andrews 

Starts 7:15 PM – Recommend Advance Tickets – CLICK HERE

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BLAZE PIZZA DINNER at 5:45 – 6 PM (across street from theater) 6334 N Andrews (Quick & Easy dining)

ALL FRIENDS WELCOME

 

Contact JOHN at Jramos4000@aol.com with Movie suggestions.

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PLOT

The film tells the story of Elton John‘s life, from his early years in Pinner, Middlesex as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as his struggles with depression, substance abuse, and acceptance of his sexual orientation.

The events of the film are told in flashback with the frame narrative of Elton in an alcoholics anonymous meeting. The flashbacks also contain staged musical numbers of Elton’s songs, as imagined in his head during pivotal moments in his life.

 

Cast

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CLICK: Here for Preview 

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CLICK HERE: ADVANCE TICKETS 

 

Friday Movie & Dinner May 31, 2019

ROCKETMAN (Life of Elton John)

Regal Cypress Creek Theater – 6414 N Andrews 

Starts 7:15 PM – Recommend Advance Tickets – CLICK HERE

***************

BLAZE PIZZA DINNER at 5:45 PM (across street from theater) 6334 N Andrews (Quick & Easy dining)

ALL FRIENDS WELCOME

 

Contact JOHN at Jramos4000@aol.com with Movie suggestions.

*********************

PLOT

The film tells the story of Elton John‘s life, from his early years in Pinner, Middlesex as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as his struggles with depression, substance abuse, and acceptance of his sexual orientation.

The events of the film are told in flashback with the frame narrative of Elton in an alcoholics anonymous meeting. The flashbacks also contain staged musical numbers of Elton’s songs, as imagined in his head during pivotal moments in his life.

 

Cast

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At the May 29 meeting, we raised $34 bringing our total to $382.