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[[Mike Blizzard]], 54, suffered a heart attack and passed away at his [[Munster]], [[In]]., home July 16.
 
[[Mike Blizzard]], 54, suffered a heart attack and passed away at his [[Munster]], [[In]]., home July 16.
  
Blizzard was known to many in [[Chicago]] as [[Lois Carmen D’Nominator]] and was the [[IAGSDC | International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs]] [[Honky Tonk Queen]] of [[1995]]. He was one of the original [[She Devils]] who performed at early Northalsted Market Days events. The [She Devils]] were the [[1992]] Gay Chicago Magazine Entertainers of the Year.
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Blizzard was known to many in [[Chicago]] as [[Lois Carmen D'Nominator]] and was the [[IAGSDC | International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs]] [[Honky Tonk Queen]] of [[1995]]. He was one of the original [[She Devils]] who performed at early Northalsted Market Days events. The [[She Devils]] were the [[1992]] Gay Chicago Magazine Entertainers of the Year.
  
In [[1997]], Blizzard told Gay Chicago, “The concept was born in [[Vancouver]]. It was at a square dance convention. So we were all sitting around in a hotel room, and I put on a black crinoline, and I said, ‘Oh, it makes you feel so Spanish,as it was like a mantilla, and I started singing ‘Carmen.Then someone said, ‘A fabulous drag name would be Carmen D’Nominator.And to be a [[She Devils | She Devil]], it had to begin with L, so I became [[Lois Carmen D’Nominator]]. Dana (Blizzard’s roommate, aka [[Lucy Ann Purchase]]) didn’t want me to be a [[She Devils | She Devil]] – at all. He didn’t want two of us doing the same thing together in the same house, and he didn’t want me to steal any of his glory, because he knew that I would be a better [[She Devils | She Devil]] than him…and I guess history has proven that. …She’ll never forgive me for saying that.
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In [[1997]], Blizzard told Gay Chicago, "The concept was born in [[Vancouver]]. It was at a square dance convention. ... So we were all sitting around in a hotel room, and I put on a black crinoline, and I said, 'Oh, it makes you feel so Spanish,' as it was like a mantilla, and I started singing 'Carmen.' Then someone said, 'A fabulous drag name would be Carmen D'Nominator.' And to be a [[She Devils | She Devil]], it had to begin with L, so I became [[Lois Carmen D'Nominator]]. Dana (Blizzard's roommate, aka [[Lucy Ann Purchase]]) didn't want me to be a [[She Devils | She Devil]] – at all. He didn't want two of us doing the same thing together in the same house, and he didn't want me to steal any of his glory, because he knew that I would be a better [[She Devils | She Devil]] than him…and I guess history has proven that. ...She'll never forgive me for saying that."
  
 
Friends said he had been in poor health for several years due to complications from diabetes, but he had been well enough to appear at an [[IAGSDC]] gathering in Chicago several weeks ago.
 
Friends said he had been in poor health for several years due to complications from diabetes, but he had been well enough to appear at an [[IAGSDC]] gathering in Chicago several weeks ago.
  
 
Funeral information was not available as Gay Chicago Magazine went to press, but a member of [[Chi-Town Squares]] said discussions about a memorial service were underway.
 
Funeral information was not available as Gay Chicago Magazine went to press, but a member of [[Chi-Town Squares]] said discussions about a memorial service were underway.

Revision as of 15:51, 26 July 2010

From Gay Chicago Magazine's Website, Dated July 22-28, 2010:

PASSINGS

MIKE BLIZZARD

Mike Blizzard, 54, suffered a heart attack and passed away at his Munster, In., home July 16.

Blizzard was known to many in Chicago as Lois Carmen D'Nominator and was the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs Honky Tonk Queen of 1995. He was one of the original She Devils who performed at early Northalsted Market Days events. The She Devils were the 1992 Gay Chicago Magazine Entertainers of the Year.

In 1997, Blizzard told Gay Chicago, "The concept was born in Vancouver. It was at a square dance convention. ... So we were all sitting around in a hotel room, and I put on a black crinoline, and I said, 'Oh, it makes you feel so Spanish,' as it was like a mantilla, and I started singing 'Carmen.' Then someone said, 'A fabulous drag name would be Carmen D'Nominator.' And to be a She Devil, it had to begin with L, so I became Lois Carmen D'Nominator. Dana (Blizzard's roommate, aka Lucy Ann Purchase) didn't want me to be a She Devil – at all. He didn't want two of us doing the same thing together in the same house, and he didn't want me to steal any of his glory, because he knew that I would be a better She Devil than him…and I guess history has proven that. ...She'll never forgive me for saying that."

Friends said he had been in poor health for several years due to complications from diabetes, but he had been well enough to appear at an IAGSDC gathering in Chicago several weeks ago.

Funeral information was not available as Gay Chicago Magazine went to press, but a member of Chi-Town Squares said discussions about a memorial service were underway.