Frank M. Robinson

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Frank Robinson, the gay author of the genre fiction classics The Glass Inferno and The Dark Beyond the Stars, was also a speechwriter for San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. He obtained a physics degree in undergrad, then wrote his way through years of military service until he could attend journalism school, a career move that landed him jobs at a series of lad magazines, including composing the Playboy Advisor column. The Milk connection came about by accident: When Robinson was passing by the Castro Camera shop one day he let it slip that he was a writer and was recruited on the spot. He described his experience acting in a cameo for the film Milk thusly: “I just pretended I was talking to the real Scott and Harvey and everything went just fine.”

Although he passed away in 2014, a short bio by Robinson himself is still available on his website.

 

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