September 30, 1955---James Dean died in that car crash in California. Hard to believe he'd now be 80 years old had he lived. I think every gay man has had a crush on the idol at one point or another. Whenever we put on a pair of Levis and a T-shirt, we think we have become the legend. His hair style influenced a generation (still does), his style changed our style forever, his beauty was a contrast to his rebellious nature. Some wanted to punch him, some wanted to hold him. We all wanted to be him, if only for a brief moment. There is Elvis, there is Brando, there is Clift---They all were influenced in some way by Dean.