Posted: Nov 9, 2003 12:17 pm
Nevermind. I found this and decided that I cared enough about all of you to go to the trouble of copying and pasting it.
Midwood collector Robert Rutherford told me that 3 different Midwood regulars – Paul V. Russo, Dallas Mayo and Kimberly Kemp – were all pen names of the same man, Gilbert Fox. Fox is now retired and living in Northern California. I drove up to visit him one day last year.
Gil Fox was born in Connecticut in 1917. He grew up in Bridgeport and Harrison NY and studied musicology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he is still remembered as the author of the college fight song. He was a bombardier in World War II. At college he met and married a Southern beauty who was bisexual. Her lesbian adventures would influence Fox’s writing for the rest of his life.
The Foxes moved to Greenwich Village, where Gil became friends with John Alexander Scott Coutts III, the artist known as John Willie.
(He also had a friend named George White, who gave LSD to kids for the CIA, but that’s a different story, outside the scope of this article, one you can look up on the Internet or at your local library.) And he became friends with Harry Shorten.
Later, when Shorten started his own publishing company, he thought of his friend Gil Fox. Fox’s first book for Shorten was A TOUCH OF DEPRAVITY as Paul V. Russo (Midwood 67). Soon Fox was turning in so many manuscripts they had to use other pen names so they wouldn’t have 3 Paul V. Russo books appear in the same month. Gil Fox’s books are always professionally told, with style and speed, the same themes reappearing again and again like a film director’s obsessions. He was the Midwood lesbian version of a Howard Hawks. Fox would go on to write over 100 Midwoods.