Joe LaRosa

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May 29, 1940 – April 18, 1994

Joseph LaRosa Jr. was born in Ann Arbor, graduated from Dexter High School, and attended Cleary Business School.  In the early 1970s, LaRosa hosted Lillian’s Down Under in the lower level of Bookie’s Club 870 in Detroit.  In December 1974, he, Michael Crawford, and Hank Trent opened the former supper club Menjo’s as a gay dance club.  LaRosa later operated Orca’s before moving to Phoenix.

Dexter Leader, May 4, 1994

Don Hazlett

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September 17, 1932 – June 23, 2010

A native of Ypsilanti, Donald Hazlett served in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s.  Hazlett later operated Don’s Beef N Ale in Detroit and with Paul Espenscheid co-owned Menjo’s during the 1990s.  He and Espenscheid shared the Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the 1994 Detroit area Pride Banquet.

Toledo Blade, June 26, 2010

Christopher Flynn

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April 29, 1931 – October 29, 1990

A onetime executive assistant with the Joffrey Ballet, Christopher Flynn operated a private dance studio in Rochester in the early 1970s and introduced his student and future superstar Madonna to gay nightlife at Menjo’s.  In 1977, Flynn served as a founding officer of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 58.

Cruise, November 7, 1990

Ten Percent, January 1-14, 1991