MIKEY PORTMAN and EUGENE MARKER

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MIKEY PORTMAN and EUGENE MARKER

Post by Frank » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:27 pm

I often wonder what became of these 2 marginal characters in Burroughs life. Are they still alive, etc?

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Post by RealityStudio » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:50 pm

I could be way wrong, but I thought I read that Mikey Portman died somehow or other. Car crash, maybe?

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Post by Théo » Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:54 pm

Mickey Portman died of a heart attack in 1983, aged 39.

As for Lewis Marker, in his text "The death of Joan Vollmer", James Grauerholz wrote, "In the course of this two-hour interview, Lewis Marker becomes very noticeably drunk and slurred, and his recollections are progressively less and less clear. Marker died in Florida in 1998". I remember Ted Morgan interviewed him too for his book. I guess the man must have been fed up with Burroughs in his life.

These two always make me think of Burroughs' statement that writers are a bad influence.

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Post by RealityStudio » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:04 pm

Wow, you've got a great memory, Théo. I don't even remember reading that in JG's text.
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Post by Frank » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:35 am

I printed the James atrticle out a long time ago, I started reading it and when I moved I forgot about. At that time I printed in in the format without the pictures. I just reprinted it with the photos. What rare pictures!
Marker looks like a little Burroughs, in a sense. Thank for pointing me back to the article. If James ever does do the memoir he was going to write, it will be something. Anyone heard anything about it lately?

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Post by Josh » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:07 am

Yeah, what ever happen to James' book? I am really looking forward to it as it will no doubt give a more detailed account of Burroughs final 2 decades as well as a his thoughts/feeling/reflections on his life during his final years.

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Post by Frank » Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:46 am

I once sent Graurholtz an email re: his book and never got an answer. He probably thought I was just another curious shnook, and he may have been right!

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Re: MIKEY PORTMAN and EUGENE MARKER

Post by Davy » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:18 am

Does anybody remember a Jamaican lover/carer of Mikey Portman named (AL)Fred Hall ?
I presume they met in mid '60's as Mikey was godfather of Fred's son. The Portman family then paid Fred to look after Mikey , I think he was living in Jay Mews near Albert Hall.
After Fred & Mikey had broken up , Mikey had moved to Brighton before he died around 1983.

Me & Fred were lovers from beginning of 1982 and we went to Jamaica together in 1983. ( photo attached from 1982 )

Fred met Jimmy Baldwin through Mikey and he later met JB and his family in New York.

If anybody has any info on any of this , or any suggestions where to look , I'd really appreciate it.
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Re: MIKEY PORTMAN and EUGENE MARKER

Post by edward_de_vere » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:32 pm

There was a thread posted on this board a while back with a link to Marker's obituary:
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/obitu ... tml#MARKER

MARKER - Adelbert Lewis Marker, a longtime resident of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday, April 25, 1998 at the age of 67. Mr. Marker was born May 5, 1930 in Gate, Oklahoma and had honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany. He traveled worldwide and worked as an accountant supervisor for Philco-Ford Corporation in Vietnam and Bell Helicopter International in Iran. He was the retired owner of a small business in Jacksonville. He was a sailing enthusiast and enjoyed many hours on the water. He is survived by his wife, Mimi Marker; two sons, Anh and Be; daughter-in-law, Muoi; two grandsons, Khanh and Philip; and his sister, Gayle M. Farber. A private memorial service will be held 12 Noon Saturday, May 9, in Jacksonville. For information call 743-7303.
Seemed like Marker wound up living a pretty conventional and "respectable" life in spite of his claim to fame of (somewhat reluctantly) prostituting himself to WSB in his youth.

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