The Ultimate Brokeback Forum

Author Topic: Remembering BayCityJohn  (Read 1573 times)

Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Remembering BayCityJohn
« on: April 09, 2019, 04:18:33 PM »
Remembering BayCityJohn

It is with great sadness that I'm writing this post, to talk about the passing of John Trudell, better known on the Ultimate Brokeback Forum as BayCityJohn.  BayCityJohn was one of the early members to the forum, and he quickly joined the team here as a tech specialist, volunteering his time to assist the forum with upgrades, updates, and general forum maintenance.

He attended many of the Brokie gatherings over the years.  His first was the BBM Backyard BBQ in Texas, and he hosted the gathering in Bay City, Michigan, which was held on the weekend of the Academy Awards, and was considered our own protest of Brokeback Mountain's Best Picture loss to Crash.   Bay City John was also part of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum Band, which performed before our private viewing of our movie.

BayCityJohn won Heath Ledger's shirt in an online auction, and he wore it to several of the gatherings.  He was wearing it when he met Oscar-winnging Brokeback screenwriter Diana Ossana.  Later on, John and Diana became friends, often posting on each other's Facebook pages, and he even organized a lunch for some Brokies, which was attended by Diana and her fellow screenwriter, Larry McMurtry.

BayCityJohn was featured author in the book "Beyond Brokeback, the Impact of A Film", and he took part in the two ads that were placed in Variety magazine, one to thank everyone involved with Brokeback, and one to remember Heath Ledger. 

John, we can't thank you enough for all you've done for the forum, and all of us, for the past 14 years.  You will be missed, and you are loved.

Mourning Someone Who Has Died

Offline ingmarnicebbmt

  • THE MAKER MAKES
  • Obsessed
  • *****
  • Posts: 184701
  • FOR HEAVEN's JAKE ! Jakeing off at Jakea.
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 04:21:31 PM »



Madrid, January 2014.
WISE UP

Ing KräddiBöll & Ingmariposa & Ingelspringel & Ingicito & Ingalicious & IngWriter & Annbilivöbäll WORD WIZARD

sausage-on-a-roll-poster & charkuterimästare



And maybe, he thought, they'd never got much farther than that.

Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019, 04:50:33 PM »
John at the BBM Backyard BBQ in Texas - 2006.



Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 04:52:03 PM »

John at the BBM Backyard BBQ in Texas - 2006.




Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2019, 04:55:39 PM »
Bay City Oscar Weekend Gathering - 2007.

This was the gathering that John hosted.



Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2019, 05:01:03 PM »

Bay City gathering, in front of the theater John rented for the event, to show BBM on the big screen for us all.




John is in the front row, second from the left.

Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2019, 05:02:55 PM »



Ultimate Brokeback Band -  John (BayCityJohn), Trish (JaysMommy), Lenny (Bass_51) and Glenn (BrokenOkie).

Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2019, 05:03:46 PM »



John wearing Heath's shirt.

Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2019, 05:05:33 PM »


John with Lee (Front-Ranger) who is a member here and on BetterMost.


Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2019, 05:06:35 PM »


John with Eric (SfEricSf) in front of numerous Brokeback pieces.

Offline CellarDweller115

  • Faithful Friend
  • Administrator
  • Obsessed
  • ******
  • Posts: 232942
  • twiddle your spaghetti
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2019, 05:16:49 PM »


John and Ellen (TellYouWhat) selling copies of our book, "Beyond Brokeback - The Impact of a Film".

John and Ellen manned a table at the SF Rodeo, selling copies of the book.  This set up was at the Castro Theater, where the movie was being played that weekend.  They both confirmed they sold quite a few copies of the book that weekend.

John was very involved with the book, not only selling, but was also a featured author in it.

But there was more to John than his devotion to Brokeback and the forum.

He loved genealogy, and he was always posting his latest historical discoveries on his Facebook page.

He enjoyed stargazing with his telescope, and I can  remember how much he enjoyed setting up the telescope for the Brokies to use at the Estes Park gathering.  I looked through the scope to see Saturn and its rings very clearly.

He was also a talented musician, though he was rather humble about his musical talents, and enjoyed playing the piano.

Most of all, he was a very generous and sweet man, never hesitating to help someone when they asked.    Though he was humble, I hope he realized how much he was loved!

Offline Gazapete

  • Lost in Translation
  • Obsessed
  • *****
  • Posts: 4536
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2019, 01:08:36 AM »
Great pictures, Chuck, thank you!

As I said before, I didn't know him well, but in the few chats I had with John he was so kind and generous to me. I wished I could have met him. ¡Hasta siempre, John!

Offline ingmarnicebbmt

  • THE MAKER MAKES
  • Obsessed
  • *****
  • Posts: 184701
  • FOR HEAVEN's JAKE ! Jakeing off at Jakea.
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2019, 01:21:29 AM »

(can't see pics # 7, 8, 9, Chuck - don't understand why)

WISE UP

Ing KräddiBöll & Ingmariposa & Ingelspringel & Ingicito & Ingalicious & IngWriter & Annbilivöbäll WORD WIZARD

sausage-on-a-roll-poster & charkuterimästare



And maybe, he thought, they'd never got much farther than that.

Offline ingmarnicebbmt

  • THE MAKER MAKES
  • Obsessed
  • *****
  • Posts: 184701
  • FOR HEAVEN's JAKE ! Jakeing off at Jakea.
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2019, 01:22:40 AM »

I'd love to post pics from 2007 with John (I know I've got many) but can't recall on which external hard drive / on which photobucket account they might be hidden.
Well, they MUST be somewhere. It will take time.
WISE UP

Ing KräddiBöll & Ingmariposa & Ingelspringel & Ingicito & Ingalicious & IngWriter & Annbilivöbäll WORD WIZARD

sausage-on-a-roll-poster & charkuterimästare



And maybe, he thought, they'd never got much farther than that.

Offline Sara B

  • Obsessed
  • *****
  • Posts: 44176
Re: Remembering BayCityJohn
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2019, 04:00:26 AM »
(can't see pics # 7, 8, 9, Chuck - don't understand why)

Nor can I.
“When we grow older still we’ll speak about those two young men as if they were two strangers..... And we’ll want to call it envy, because to call it regret would break our hearts.”

Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman.