As a young gay boy in the late 1970's, television was my refuge.
And that is where I first spotted him on "Welcome Back, Kotter."
When he came on the screen, I could not look away.
He had a bright smile like a 100-watt bulb, the bluest eyes I'd ever seen, and hair that defied gravity.
It was love from the very first moment I heard the words, "Up your nose, with a rubber hose!" He was definitely the breakout star of the show.
He was gorgeous and funny, and I was convinced I would marry him. I remember telling anybody in my family that would listen, 'I'm going to marry John Travolta!' And nobody flinched. My mom would even tell me when he was going to be on TV. It was all so ridiculously normal.
Today, when the gossip rags print rumors about him, I can’t help but feel sorry for him. I don't know what's true and what isn't. Only he really knows.
I just hope he's happy and healthy in his life.
I hope he is being true to himself, and I hope he is giving his kids the message that it's okay to love whomever you choose. His smile still makes my heart go pitter patter to this day.
Daniel - Chino Hills, California
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