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'''Robert Kevin Mann'''<br>
 
'''Robert Kevin Mann'''<br>
 
'''29 Jan 1951 - 14 Feb 1990'''<br>
 
'''29 Jan 1951 - 14 Feb 1990'''<br>
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===Obituary===
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It wasn't so much because he was so attractive and such a good square dancer when he arrived in San Francisco for the 1986 Third Annual Gay Square Dance Convention, but it was when we saw the six-foot Statue of Liberty complete with torch and tablet kicking up its heels with the rest of the dancers that we knew someone special had landed in our midst.
  
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Bob was born and raised in Seattle, lived with his family in Hawaii for several years and then struck out on his own. He spent two years as impressionist Jim Bailey's road manager, spent time in domestic service to other Hollywood notables and then moved on to New York where, in addition to his continued domestic service there, he also became a founding member of Times Squares the only square dance club gay or straight in Mannhattan.
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Again feeling a need for change Bob traveled around the world for a year, danced his way across the United States and arrived in San Francisco in time to dance with 260 other dancers at the Closing Ceremonies for Gay Games II.
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With the aforementioned convention the very next weekend Bob decided to make San Francisco his new home and became resident manager of the Dolores Plaza Condominiums. He worked diligently to make the complex a clean, safe and secure one on the fringes of a troublesome area of the city. For his efforts he was highly rewarded by both the owners and the management company.
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Dancing with the Western Star Dancers, the Mighnight Squares and PACE kept Bob busy, happy and even back in "show biz." In 1987 the Western Star Dancers put on their talent showcase "Club La Star" for which Bob created the dazzling Follies costumes, choreographed the finale and helped the show be nominated for that year's Community Awards.
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After that Bob helped then Grand Duchess Flame stage the routine which won Best In-Town number at Coronation 1988.
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Talented, witty in the best sense of the word, ever patient and helpful whenever he could be, Bob's passing brings home once again the true tragedy of this epidemic the loss of our best and brightest.<red>''Bay Area Reporter'' (San Francisco, CA) Thursday, 15 Mar 1990</ref>
  
 
===Recollections===
 
===Recollections===
 
A member of [[Times Squares]] from 1985 to 1987, Bob died on Valentine’s Day, two weeks after his 39th birthday. Some of us remember Bob as the first caller of gay square dancing in New York. He called for Sundance from November 1983 to April 1984 and enthusiastically taught the basic steps to the varied group that would participate from time to time. It was this group that the Times Squares evolved. Many of us danced with Bob in Denver, San Francisco (where he appeared nightly as Miss Liberty), Portland and Phoenix convention. He danced – as he did everything – with high energy, spirit and flair. At the end he was at peace.<ref>''Times Squared'' newsletter, v.5 no.8 (Apr 1990)</ref>
 
A member of [[Times Squares]] from 1985 to 1987, Bob died on Valentine’s Day, two weeks after his 39th birthday. Some of us remember Bob as the first caller of gay square dancing in New York. He called for Sundance from November 1983 to April 1984 and enthusiastically taught the basic steps to the varied group that would participate from time to time. It was this group that the Times Squares evolved. Many of us danced with Bob in Denver, San Francisco (where he appeared nightly as Miss Liberty), Portland and Phoenix convention. He danced – as he did everything – with high energy, spirit and flair. At the end he was at peace.<ref>''Times Squared'' newsletter, v.5 no.8 (Apr 1990)</ref>
  
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File:Bob Mann 1987.jpg|At [[Explode The Rose]], 1987
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Latest revision as of 17:26, 2 August 2020

Robert Kevin Mann
29 Jan 1951 - 14 Feb 1990
Midnight Squares
Times Squares Memorial Panel 1UL
Western Star Dancers

Obituary

It wasn't so much because he was so attractive and such a good square dancer when he arrived in San Francisco for the 1986 Third Annual Gay Square Dance Convention, but it was when we saw the six-foot Statue of Liberty complete with torch and tablet kicking up its heels with the rest of the dancers that we knew someone special had landed in our midst.

Bob was born and raised in Seattle, lived with his family in Hawaii for several years and then struck out on his own. He spent two years as impressionist Jim Bailey's road manager, spent time in domestic service to other Hollywood notables and then moved on to New York where, in addition to his continued domestic service there, he also became a founding member of Times Squares the only square dance club gay or straight in Mannhattan.

Again feeling a need for change Bob traveled around the world for a year, danced his way across the United States and arrived in San Francisco in time to dance with 260 other dancers at the Closing Ceremonies for Gay Games II.

With the aforementioned convention the very next weekend Bob decided to make San Francisco his new home and became resident manager of the Dolores Plaza Condominiums. He worked diligently to make the complex a clean, safe and secure one on the fringes of a troublesome area of the city. For his efforts he was highly rewarded by both the owners and the management company.

Dancing with the Western Star Dancers, the Mighnight Squares and PACE kept Bob busy, happy and even back in "show biz." In 1987 the Western Star Dancers put on their talent showcase "Club La Star" for which Bob created the dazzling Follies costumes, choreographed the finale and helped the show be nominated for that year's Community Awards.

After that Bob helped then Grand Duchess Flame stage the routine which won Best In-Town number at Coronation 1988.

Talented, witty in the best sense of the word, ever patient and helpful whenever he could be, Bob's passing brings home once again the true tragedy of this epidemic the loss of our best and brightest.<red>Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco, CA) Thursday, 15 Mar 1990</ref>

Recollections

A member of Times Squares from 1985 to 1987, Bob died on Valentine’s Day, two weeks after his 39th birthday. Some of us remember Bob as the first caller of gay square dancing in New York. He called for Sundance from November 1983 to April 1984 and enthusiastically taught the basic steps to the varied group that would participate from time to time. It was this group that the Times Squares evolved. Many of us danced with Bob in Denver, San Francisco (where he appeared nightly as Miss Liberty), Portland and Phoenix convention. He danced – as he did everything – with high energy, spirit and flair. At the end he was at peace.[1]

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  1. Times Squared newsletter, v.5 no.8 (Apr 1990)