Thursday, 27 October 2011 08:55

...Things That Go Bump in the Night

Written by  mohai

Thursday Hidden Treasure Ric Weiland was a pretty unique figure in Seattle's history. He attended Lakeside School with Paul Allen and Bill Gates and was part of their computer-enthusiast group at the school. Later on, after he graduated from Stanford, Ric was asked to join his high school pals as one of the first five employees at Microsoft. Ric Weiland was also openly gay. Beginning in the early 1980s, Ric supported many LGBTQ groups in Seattle, becoming especially involved in the Pride Foundation and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. In 1988, he retired from Microsoft and started being even more involved in the non-profits he cared about. One of these was the Tacky Tourist Club, a group that produced events and parties to benefit LGBTQ charities, starting in 1981. One of their popular events was the Things That Go Bump in the NightHalloween party. This poster was from Ric Weiland's collection, donated after he died in 2006. This Halloween party was subsequently taken over by Gay Cityand goes by the name Bump. One other piece from the collection Ric Weiland left to MOHAI was this t-shirt, which shows the changing attitudes towards homosexuals throughout the 1990s and 2000s. When Ric Weiland died in 2006, he left much of his estate, $160 million, to LGBTQ and other charities, including the Pride Foundation. Thursday Hidden Treasurehighlights artifacts in MOHAI's collection that are not on everyday display.

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