Whew. I kept in touch with him for a couple of years after I moved, then life got crazy...but I always figured he'd be there and we'd pick up right where we left off.
Thank you so much for all of those warm details... I can picture everything! The diversity of the crowd doesn't surprise me, he was a friend to everyone. I met Joseph back in... I think it must have been 84 or so? when I started going to Northcross. We were instant friends, and he and Jayson "big-brothered" me through a whole lot of firsts over the next couple of years. He gave the best hugs and I remember sitting on the floor at after-show parties with Joseph behind me and his big arms wrapped around me. We'd sit like that for hours. The oreos may have been after my time, but I definitely remember some crazy pants! I remember him doing my hair and he'd always have to pause to sing a solo of some hideous, girly, pop song into his hairbrush "microphone"... I particularly remember his rendition of "In My House" by the Mary Jane Girls, sung full blast into the end of a hairbrush while standing in some random person's living room, decked out in skin tight sparkly zebra pants and an entire forearm of madonna-style jelly bracelets! Really hard to believe that such a force of life is gone...
Funny that you mention Jayson. He's another that I'd like to reconnect with... But I thought his last name was "Coy"? Went to UT, studied something to do with dreams, lived with his grandmother? same Jayson? No wonder I haven't been able to find him.
Were you around back then? I think it must have been 84-86? I remember Brian Godwyn (we called him Brian-Trixie-Tabby), Gordon (who also shepherded me through several firsts. of the mind-altering kind. Played great keyboards?), and his friend Mary, and a guy named Scott played Frank, and his girlfriend Marca played Magenta, and they had a transplant/nomadic housemate named Kyra who was a regular... and Columbia was played by, I think her name was Sam? And I remember an Eric, and a David, oh and a "Little David" - my crush until Gordon turned him gay...and a big Mark and a little Mark, and Kyle (who I heard is no longer with us), a Paul or two, Shane, a George from Houston...Do any of those names ring a bell? Lots of good times.