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Till he learn James M. Cain’s Serenade as undefined, Clemons encountered not anything homosexual within the tradition, even supposing he used to be conscious that he was once drawn to male motion picture stars, like Dana Andrews and Errol Flynn. “I additionally had a truly vibrant formative years nightmare that I blush to even be mindful. It used to be a dream approximately night at a abandoned circus ring, and there’s a bunch of elephants, considered one of whom stuffed his trunk with water and fixed it in my at the back of. If that’s no longer a sexual dream, I don’t understand. ” A pupil periods prior to him at Lamar highschool used to be thrown out after the rumor went round that he’d been stuck doing whatever within the bathe. “He went and accomplished at San Jacinto excessive after which got here again to obtain his degree at Lamar. He walked out at the degree and used to be met with thunderous applause—a beneficiant ovation. It used to be very courageous of him again, and everybody was once sorry it had ever occurred. This used to be in June 1945. “I be mindful while I first bought laid [with a girl], at 16, and in some way the notice acquired round. I keep in mind a soccer participant pal of mine with whom I labored as a lifeguard stated whatever to the impression of, ‘Gee, I’ve continuously been type of shy round you simply because I by no means knew you will do whatever like that. i believe much more pleased with you presently. ’ and that i was once loopy approximately him. I simply suggestion, good, how candy. I’ve made the grade! I’m in with the fellows now. ” Clemons received his first brief tale released in Scholastic journal whereas he used to be nonetheless in highschool. He selected to move directly to Princeton “because of Scott Fitzgerald and Edmund Wilson and desirous to write songs for the Triangle exhibit. ” His dream got here precise: “I used to be the musical director of the Triangle convey. ” He was once a tall, blond, handsome Texan, yet he went via collage with out ever having intercourse with a guy. Then he received a Rhodes Scholarship, and he didn’t have intercourse at Magdalen collage in Oxford, both. “There was once all types of job at Magdalen. kind of all over yet nowhere. I don’t comprehend if anyone used to be really doing something, yet there has been loads of affection and flirting and all that. i used to be in no place to understand if anyone was once getting it on. yet definitely they have been. i might were so racked with guilt if I’d performed something, and I’m definite they have been doing all of it with no caring approximately it. I’m definite lots of these humans went via what I had examine: they did it after which it was once a passing section. They went on and received married. i've got usually notion that if I had had a passage of gay job in my adolescents i'd were even more cozy. Who understands? ” The Korean battle used to be on and, after Oxford, Clemons might were at risk of the draft. yet in the course of his ultimate six months out of the country he used to be clinically determined with diabetes. He took a task as a normal seaman on a ship within the Gulf of Mexico which was once surveying the gulf’s backside for oil-well drilling. “I had a few very shut acquaintances between these males, and a specific friendship with probably the most excellent men I ever knew, completely instantly, very affectionate and actual. His identify used to be L.