Vote + amazon music + Podcast: Hope for the Future by David Hunt

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Hope for the Future by David Hunt Happiness Between Tails

#AIDS #Health #History #CDC #LGBTQ+ What do know about when AIDS was first diagnosed in the early 1980s? David Hunt, a radio journalist at the time, shares his experiences. Share your thoughts, experiences, and questions by recording them on my Anchor by Spotify page — or comment at HappinessBetweenTails.com — or email me. Like what you hear? Buy me a coffee at http://buymeacoffee.com/SupportHBT Time Stamps (where segments begin): HBT introduction Intro to today’s topic and guest 1:05 Hope for the Future by David Hunt My question for you HBT outro Links used for the HBT blog post of this episode: Original blog post for this episode at Happiness Between Tails. About my own novels in progress. David Hunt’s website Check out the Happiness Between Tails blog post for this show to see a still from the video that David and I produced. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/depe9/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/depe9/support

Click H-E-R-E for my new podcast page at AnchorFM. Today’s show features the podcast/audio version of Hope for the Future by David Hunt. The text version comprises the second half of today’s blog post.

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Voting day is right around the corner. Readers and writers, please don’t throw away your voice. Fortunately, there’s still time to make it easy on yourself. Vote by mail! I just did.

Rev up your keyboards and pens and lips — tell every single politically like-minded connection you have to vote and to do it immediately before they find themselves too busy or too absent-minded!

Most of my decisions were easy. 1) Naturally, I’m pro-choice, and 2), whenever possible, I support candidates least likely to give an inch to our ex-ogre, errm I mean former president.

Besides voting, this week I’ve been progressing with learning about podcasting. Since my show’s start a little over a year ago, it’s been on amazon music (and a bunch of other places, as listed at the top of this post). Have you ever reached out to someone or somewhere and, when they took 10+ months to reply, you could’nt remember why you did? In this case, amazon music has a free bonus for podcasters, though I’m murky about particulars…

No matter. Since this show is for me to practice and learn, I did as they asked. Here’s the advert they requested, highlighting that Happiness Between Tails podcast streams on amazon music…

Upon receipt, they quickly (wow!) emailed back that it looked good (double wow!), and asked which of their music genres to aire the commercial on. Umm… I asked them if they have analytics on which attract dear blog-sphere folks like you. But, now hoping they won’t take another ten months to get back to me.

What genre of music do you listen to? Do you ever listen on amazon music?

Dunno how many free times this ad will air, when, and so forth. Will keep you posted if I learn more.

Now that we’ve all voted (yes?), today’s guest blog post is by David Hunt. He also contributed here too. Basically, we met as infants, working at a car rental at LAX. Since then, together we’ve traversed many winding roads.

Voting in mind (and again, tell your friends to be like you and me and get out their black pens to vote now), wouldn’t it be great if our votes resulted in supporting great workers like those at the fore of HIV/AIDS?

Hope for the Future by David Hunt

Thirty-five years ago this month the CDC warned about a troubling outbreak of Pneumocystis pneumonia in five otherwise healthy young, gay men in California. Later that summer, when I reported on the outbreak for radio station KPFK, the number of cases had grown to 41, including 6 in California and 20 in New York. And, in addition to the rare form of pneumonia, gay men were starting to come down with a rare form of cancer and other opportunistic infections. By the end of the year, this new disease, later called AIDS, would claim 121 lives.

Clinical immunologist Joseph Church at Children’s Hospital L.A. with a young HIV-positive patient in 1992. From “Hope for the Future,” produced by David Hunt and Daal Praderas.
Clinical immunologist Joseph Church at Children’s Hospital L.A. with a young HIV-positive patient in 1992. From “Hope for the Future,” produced by David Hunt and Daal Praderas.

I don’t suppose anyone who covered the early years of the AIDS epidemic came away untouched. I’ll never forget Robert Bland’s soft brown eyes and calm determination to serve as “an AIDS guinea pig,” even as he acknowledged that a cure would surely come long after his own death. Or the button imprinted with the defiant message “I Will Survive” that San Francisco AIDS activist Bobbi Campbell proudly wore right up until his death in 1984. Or the scathing criticism gay journalist Randy Shilts leveled at bathhouse owners who refused to provide their customers with condoms or educational materials. Courage, defiance and anger; like the stages of grief, these came to symbolize for me the stages of AIDS activism. To be honest, fear was there, too, just below the surface.

Expanding Epidemic

By the time I began working as a video producer in 1985 the AIDS epidemic had expanded beyond the gay community, and now affected people of color, teens, women and even infants and children. An educational video I co-produced for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 1992-93 told the stories of three families struggling to deal with AIDS. it featured a 12-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl (pictured above) and a baby boy. The message of the video, targeted to the parents and caregivers of children with HIV/AIDS, was not to give up hope, that new drug therapies were being tested and would soon be available. We titled the video “Hope for the Future.”

I don’t know if any of the children on the video survived long enough to benefit from the new drug cocktails that eventually made AIDS a largely manageable disease. I heard that the baby died shortly after we finished production. One thing you learn in an epidemic is to ration the amount of grief you have to handle at a given time. While I’d love to see those kids grown up and healthy, I’m not ready to face the other possibility.

If anybody’s still counting, AIDS has claimed more than 35 million lives worldwide since 1981.

David Hunt’s blog
More about the initial outbreak... and more.
Pediatric AIDS then and now.

Have you voted? And what genre of music do you listen to? Is it on amazon music?

22 thoughts on “Vote + amazon music + Podcast: Hope for the Future by David Hunt

  1. HensBlooms October 25, 2022 / 12:12 pm

    I listen mostly to my daughters music, they they love K-Pop , Pop and R&B. Our household enjoys a wide range of music from classical to reggae 😁🎶

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  2. mydangblog October 23, 2022 / 5:25 am

    We have local elections here on Monday and are facing a wave of right wing extremists running for school boards across the province. I hope people do research and vote wisely!

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  3. Stella, oh, Stella October 22, 2022 / 5:28 pm

    We have elections as well on 4 November, but I cannot vote, as I am not a Danish citizen. I could vote in Germany, if I wanted, but I don’t really know any of the current politicians. So what would be the point?

    My music taste spans over a really broad range, from Medieval music to classic to Jazz, Rock, ballads, folk, country, Latin rhythms, Indian music, you name it.

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    • da-AL October 29, 2022 / 5:03 pm

      ah! we share similar music tastes! buy your band plays only rock & folk?

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      • Stella, oh, Stella October 29, 2022 / 5:18 pm

        No, we also play Country, ballads, Beatles, Danish songs and rock, and special songs like Nights in white satin and Hotel California. We even have two Frank Sinatra songs in our repertoire.

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  4. DutchIl October 22, 2022 / 7:39 am

    Thank you for sharing!!.. I did vote and I voted with a open mind and hope, avoiding closed minded ideologies… I generally listen to contemporary and/or classical music (Andre Rieu, James Last, Yanni, Mancini, Abba, Enya, celtic Woman and others too numerous to mention)… 🙂

    The sad part about health issues is there are certain closed minded elements of today’s world societies who simply refuse, for one reason or the other, to work with others to help deal with health issues… “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. (Isaac Asimov)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • da-AL October 22, 2022 / 4:55 pm

      I couldn’t have said it better. I love classical – & everything else too! my husband is especially fond of ABBA – he first listened to them in Iran!

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      • Infidel753 October 22, 2022 / 8:11 pm

        I first heard Boney M in the Jordanian desert, being played by Bedouins on a boom box. The reach of Western (and, nowadays, Japanese) popular culture in the world is extraordinary.

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        • da-AL October 29, 2022 / 5:07 pm

          & how TV too defines american culture! and now is a shared culture. I’d never heard of Boney M until a Romanian friend introduced me & turns out Khashayar listened to in Iran!

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  5. Infidel753 October 21, 2022 / 7:29 pm

    I have Randy Shilts’s history of the early years of the AIDS epidemic, And the Band Played On, and have read it several times. It’s remarkable how many people in positions of responsibility behaved despicably. One of those who did act honorably and effectively was Anthony Fauci, the same man who so recently did so much to fight covid (and has been vilified by the wingnuts for it). Another was Larry Kramer, a gay activist who ended up being ostracized from the gay community for telling truths others didn’t want to hear. It’s remarkable how much difference technology has made. There are many HIV-positive people today living pretty much normal lives. But it took decades to achieve progress comparable to what was done in just one year with covid. We are far better armed now.

    I haven’t gotten my mail-in ballot yet (all voting is by mail in my state). I certainly will get it in on time, once I do.

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    • da-AL October 22, 2022 / 4:54 pm

      interesting that there are all-mail states – but how does that work if one doesn’t have an address?

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      • Infidel753 October 22, 2022 / 8:08 pm

        Yes, Oregon, Washington, and (I think) Colorado and California do voting by mail only.

        About the address issue, I’m not sure, but even in states that use polling places, I think you need an address to register, so there must be some general solution to the problem.

        My ballot just arrived today, so I’ll be working on that on Sunday.

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        • da-AL October 29, 2022 / 5:05 pm

          happy voting. here in CA we have mail but also walk in & drop off

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