“The Shot Heard Round the World.” 1985. Remembering Rock Hudson’s press conference with Doris Day. “Years of Living Precariously”: Part IX of my ongoing chronicle of the early years of the AIDS pandemic, in A&U Magazine

Re-blogging on the 37th anniversary of Rock Hudson’s death – the “shot heard ‘round the world.”

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Did Rock Hudson understand his place in history? Both he and Doris Day undoubtedly knew the importance of their appearance together. But they did not know, we did not know, no one knew, how much it really signified. It was the beginning. It was the shot heard ’round the world, the first blast from the cannon’s mouth, it was the beginning of the end.

On July 16th, 1985, Hollywood star Rock Hudson (born Leroy Harold Scherer, Jr.) appeared at a press conference on Doris Day’s ranch in Carmel, California, to promote Day’s new TV cable show. The once-virile and muscular actor had not been seen publicly for a number of months, and his gaunt and frail appearance with Day, his former movie co-star, was shocking to the nation. He was a shadow of his former matinee idol self, and his speech…

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3 Responses to “The Shot Heard Round the World.” 1985. Remembering Rock Hudson’s press conference with Doris Day. “Years of Living Precariously”: Part IX of my ongoing chronicle of the early years of the AIDS pandemic, in A&U Magazine

  1. Harry Breaux says:

    Still a very powerful piece on a very powerful moment. Way to go, Bruce. Thanks for bringing that back nudging us to remember one mo’ time. That shot is still reverberating around the world, too.

    Hugs.

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  2. trebordraw says:

    Hi Bruce: I remember reading this post awhile ago but it was definitely worth re-reading. It’s a shame that it took a celebrity with ties to the POTUS at the time to start kicking butt. 

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