We all know the term “eye candy” today refers to someone or something pleasant to look at. But I just learned it was coined in 1978 by a writer at the Oakland Tribune to disparage the TV show Three’s Company for its gratuitous and sexually-titillating content. I don’t know about you, but that was precisely the reason this young gay boy tuned in every week just to watch John Ritter romp about in his tight jeans, short shorts, and swim suits. It’s also the reason this, ahem, older gay boy fancies an afternoon on Poodle Beach. Don’t be so surprised. A writer cannot live on books alone. So in celebration of “eye candy,” let me share some favorite snaps.
Photos (from top) by Rich Barnett: Contemplation; Uncle Sam; Big Wave; Nunsense; Group Hug. Don’t miss Rich Barnett’s newest book Fun with Dick and James, available at Proud Books and Browseabout Books. More from Rich Barnett