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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Scotty Bowers  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1924 in Illinois


Illinois Connection

Bowers grew up in rural Illinois. In 1933, he moved to Chicago with his family.

Biographical and Professional Information

Scotty Bowers fought in the Pacific, including at the Battle of Iwo Jima, as a paramarine in the Marine Corps during World War II. In 1946 he was pumping gas at a service station when he says Walter Pidgeon gave him $20 for a gay sexual encounter. Word spread, and in 1950 he stopped working at the service station. Bowers became well known in Hollywood for arranging sexual encounters for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and heterosexuals.

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