Back as a 7-year old Midwesterner, I'd had passing crushes on male classmates and a few female cousins' boyfriends. But at 9, I fell hard for Race Bannon, Jonny Quest's bodyguard.
He was tall, handsome like Rock Hudson, and prematurely grey or platinum blond.
He had an advanced fashion sense, was a pilot, loved Jonny and pal Hadji, and kicked exotic bad-guy butt every week without sweating.
My dad was uncomfortable with my obvious affection for Race, and my little brother told everyone I loved him. Which was fodder for neighborhood bullies who already couldn't resist hassling me (even though we had the only real pool in the neighborhood at our house).
The show only lasted 2 years, just long enough to have my first real-life experience at age 11. Awesome!
I dated a few Race Bannons over the years (letdowns), and when living in India, a few Hadjis too. Today I'm in my mid-50's and married to the best guy on Earth.
But Race (we remain on a first name basis) will always be my first "famous gay" crush.
Robert - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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