R.I.P. Frank Moore June 25th 1946 – October 14th 2013: American Hero, Revolutionary Artist, Shaman, Poet, Wounded Healer & Great LUVeR ❤


U.S. Presidential candidate Frank Moore with running mate Dr. Susan Block on a campaign stop at Il Corral during their 2008 campaign. Photo: Mikee

The world just lost one of its greatest artists. Frank Moore passed away this morning from the effects of double pneumonia. Frank was, without a doubt, one of the most marvelous people with whom I have ever had the honor and pleasure to work and play. Though I’m happy to hear he left this world peacefully, surrounded by his beloved family and friends—Linda, Mikee, Corey, Alexi and Erika—I can’t deny the grief I feel, tears falling as I contemplate his loss.

Frank meant so much to me, to Max and to so many others, and so many wonderful memories are swirling through my head along with the pain of missing him. It’s hard to know where to start with this little spontaneous remembrance.  So please forgive me, as I’m sure Frank would, if I skip around a bit as I try to pay him tribute now, on the day of his passing, for the benefit of those of you who knew him, as well as those who didn’t.

Frank was a man of tremendous, breathtaking accomplishment. An award-winning counter-culture hero, artist, poet, philosopher, rock star, filmmaker and happily married man, Frank was my U.S. Presidential running mate in our amazing 2008 campaign, the producer of The Dr. Susan Block Show on Berkeley public access TV as well as hosting and producing his own groundbreaking shows and an underground Internet radio station. Yet the first thing many people noticed when they saw Frank was his physical “condition.” That is, in addition to being all of the above and so much more, Frank happened to be quadriplegic.

Born with severe cerebral palsy that rendered him unable to walk or talk, Frank conquered what some might call his extreme “disabilities” to become one of world’s foremost performance artists, deep thinkers, political leaders and inspirational teachers. The Steven Hawkings of Erotic Theater, Frank coined the term “chero,” combining “chi” and “eros” to express the physical energy of life. He also created the word “eroplay” to describe the physical interaction between adults released from the linear goals of typical sexual intercourse, often in the context of long, 5-48 hour ritualistic performances. These performances, which I was privileged to participate in when he and his wonderful family were my guests here in Bonoboville, were transformative experiences that melted the barriers between participants, performers and audience. As such, Frank Moore was the ultimate wounded healer, a differently-shaped medicine man, a spastic magician, a wild shaman and a trickster lover, inspiring so many people, from performance artist Annie Sprinkle to Berkeley councilman Kriss Worthington. Of course, some folks feared his tremendous power, especially certain old-guard Republicans. In the early 90s, he rose to national fame as one of the NEA-funded artists targeted by then U.S. Congressman Jesse Helms for doing art that was labeled “obscene.”

I first met Frank on the web back in 1996, when his LUVeR Radio was one of the first Internet radio stations (along with RadioSUZY1). I invited him on my show when we were broadcasting from the old Villa Piacere in the Hollywood Hills. It turned out to be an even more exciting evening than we expected, since we were raided by the LAPD! We weren’t doing anything illegal, and we weren’t charged with anything; the cops probably just wanted to check out some of the hotties in high heels and lingerie that were starting to frequent the show since our HBO specials. But, this being my first raid, I was nervous, and I distinctly remember Frank calming me down. As a committed artistic and sexual revolutionary, he was thrilled to be raided. Wiggling around in his wheelchair with a mischievous grin on his face, communicating through his pointer on a symbol board with the help of his amazing wife Linda Mac, Frank helped me to relax and take pride in doing a show that was revolutionary enough for the LAPD to pay me a visit.

We became friends, did some awesome live shows together in LA and Berkeley, and defended Berkeley Public Access from the kind of censorship that eventually took down Public Access in Southern Cali. We also enjoyed much eroplay together, including one rollicking night in 2005 when the Cherotic All-Star Band played on DrSuzy.Tv, and I rode Frank’s rigid arm into an ecstatic industrial groove. Frank was a vibrator virgin, but being the open-minded and open-legged gentleman that he is, he agreed to give my Hitachi a whirl. At first, he wasn’t too impressed, but when I sat on his lap as I rotated the vibrator between his legs, he gave it, on a scale of 1-10, a 12. Sometimes even the best machines need a human touch to make them hum. Frank was all about the human touch. He was also quite the Ladies’ Man, always surrounded by sexy, often naked women. Whenever my male clients with disabilities complained about how difficult it was for them to connect with women, I told them to learn from the master, Frank Moore.

When Frank decided to run for President (yes, of the United States), he asked me to be his running mate. Of course, I accepted. I’d run for Prez myself against a different Bush in 1992, and I was happy to take a supporting role to Frank’s vision this time. Of course, write-ins never win, though the San Francisco Chronicle reported that we got a whopping 6,566 popular votes across America. We’re not sure how accurate that was, yet the point of our campaign wasn’t “winning,” but to inject an eroplayful, progressive shot of “hope” into America’s bloodstream. Read Frank’s platform, and you’ll see what I mean.

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Whether running for President or orchestrating a love-in, Frank always said he had the perfect body for doing performance art. It was true; you couldn’t take your eyes off him. And then there was that wild mind—steeped in the ethos of the swinging 70s and the living theater of Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski and Richard Schechner. He was also a painter who painted with a brush attached to his head before he started digital painting on the computer. But what may have moved me most about Frank was his poetry.

So I’d like to close this tribute with a re-post of one of my favorite Frank Moore poems. I read it on my Wonderful Weirdos show. The poem, Mutation is Evolution, seems to me to be about how weirdness—whether physical “disabilities,” psychological uniqueness or sexual “deviance”—is a form of mutation which, as every elementary science student knows, drives the vehicle of evolution.  Therefore, society represses and tries to eradicate weirdness at its own risk.  Without the mutating power of the weird, we’d all still be single-celled organisms living in perfect, life-stultifying uniformity.

Mutation is Evolution

by Frank Moore

you foolish idiot!
You want to make
everything,
everyone
normal!
You want to cure
prevent
all crips,
freaks,
crazies,
oddballs,
slow ones
misfits,
bums,
artists,
poets,
and all other impractical
different looking
strange mutations
you fool!

How to condemn the human species
to extinction!

Look…
the game of evolution is
change by experimentation.

We freaks are the experimenters

the name of the game
is flexibly adapting
coping
leaping
risking into the unknown newness
of uncontrolled future
we crips,
we misfits have always been the adapters,
the leapers

hell,
I’m not wasting my time
talking to you about magic and such
just about evolution

well,
if you don’t need us crips,
us misfits
if you don’t need us no more…
our advice is
don’t breathe deep
in your air-tight coffin
of normalcy
and move very slowly
very carefully
in your thin-skinned world
of ever increasing fragility

oh yeah…
good luck!

 

Good luck to you, Frank, wherever you are. With or without that perfect body of yours, I’m sure you’re doing fine. As for me, I will miss you more than I can say. But I will continue to “freak” and experiment in your cherished cherotic memory.

And keep that arm rigid for me, Frank, I’ll be riding it again any day now…

 

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21 Responses so far.

  1. Joe Bryak says:

    Very sad news. My condolences to his life partner, Linda, who so devoted herself to Frank. If you want to know what love is…
    I met Frank through Bill Mandel about 20 years ago. Bill had been purged from KPFA and then continued broadcasting on Berkeley Liberation Radio–and on Frank’s internet station, on a program called “Five Old Men.”
    Frank was a delight to meet. Unable to speak he communicated through a device he had invented, a sort of artist’s palette with the 26 letters on it, as well as several common small words, such as “the,” “of,” “and,” and so forth. He would communicate by tapping a given word or letter with a pointer attached to a sort of halo around his head. You may have seen this device used by others with his condition all over the country. This alone is a great contribution to so many others.
    I’m not even coming close to describing how he communicated, as his wife Linda would “interpret” for him when necessary. Frank was a big beamer. He’d laugh and smile and grunt, smashing through all the limitations his illness dealt him. Virtually paralyzed, he ran a radio station! When we were on his shoe we got responses on the live feed from as far away as New Zealand!
    The colmo–how you say?–the ultimate, was that Frank made a big point in expressing his sexuality, a healthy balls to the wall go at life. How in hell could you be on a downer around him? Nothing stopped him, so how could you moan and groan and whine any “poor me” crap? I can’t begin to express what a positive energy he gave off, a radio station all by his own self, a life transmitter. We should all learn from Frank and just go for life every day we are lucky enough to be alive. So I’ll leave off with a vision of this untamed unstoppable lover, tapping his playful, profane, erotic rebellious ass off. Amen and thanks, Frank . . .

  2. William Patrick Haines says:

    DEAR DR BLOCK: Sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. Frank Moore passing is a tragedy since he seemed to be a rarity and a necessity. His presidential platform is fantastic. The only thing is I did not see where he mentioned housing which, it seems to me, with the gross overpricing of even the most meager residence, is important. How anything in real estate can be defined as something “real” for most of us is the ultimate oxymoron!! Frank overcame his obstacles with great perseverance and dignity. I did not have the same obstacles, but I was counted out in that I was sickly, awkward and poor and thus was vigorously discounted as ever being worthy of a college education by various guidance councilors! I am still trying to overcome these obstacles and Frank’s example is an inspiration.

    Since you are a Yale alumna, I thought you might be interested in what your alma matter is up to in the world of astronomy http://www.yalealumnimagazine.com/blog_posts/1612

    Sincerely yours
    William Patrick Haines
    wha5965948@aol.com

  3. Stephen Mead says:

    Frank was the first, (and few still) in regards to my poetry, poems I had mailed to him snail mail (!), which he came across and asked me to record for his show. Such was Frank’s progressive and magnanimous spirit. That will not be dimmed. Just go to his sites and feel the magic. Thank you Frank,thank you.

  4. Linda says:

    To see Frank’s writings, articles and interviews, photos, paintings and his performance archive, you can go to his SHAMAN’S CAVE section of his website at: http://www.eroplay.com/Cave/shaman.html

  5. I’ve posted a portfolio of lovely sexual photos I was privileged to take of Frank and Linda at

    http://www.dropbox.com%2Fsh%2F2iwb9ack4nkb153%2Fm4Ivm_yd5G%2FFrank%2520and%2520Linda&h=ZAQGKnH4O&s=1

    In celebration of Frank and the triumph of the life spirit everywhere.

  6. Joe Williams says:

    Frank leaves us an absolutely astounding body of work. An ultimate role model…the spastic shaman! His accomplishments will be forever celebrated, admired, and emulated…we should all have the courage to Live Like Frank

  7. GREATNESS IN LOVE AND LIFE

  8. Frank:
    I wanted to thank you again for being the man your are. You have broken down many barriers for us. You made me laugh, think deeply and take risks in my films and theater. I thank you for that. Rest in Peace, Man.

    Tristan

  9. Heart cracked open. Thank you for sharing this. What a life well lived.

  10. Vinnie Spit says:

    Hey Susan, nice piece on Frank. This is a sad day. I’m so glad you got to be a part of his life. He really adored you. I check in on your website from time to time to see how you’re doing. Always something interesting. Be well and keep up the good work! Hope to get to see you and Max soon. Thanks for including one of his incredible poems. It’s even more poignant now

  11. jade song says:

    Wish I could have met such an inspiring man! But I definitely see his legacy in Bonoboville! My hope is to keep his spirit alive.

  12. Philip Huang says:

    I am so sorry that Frank is gone. When I need courage, I think of Frank.

  13. Danny Faragher says:

    So sorry to hear that Frank has passed. The man possessed a passionate and poetic soul. The world will miss his bounding energy and vision.

  14. Toni Sant says:

    A very touching piece about Frank

  15. Will Mayo says:

    We’ll miss you, Frank Moore

  16. Joe says:

    Damn…the world has lost a true revolutionary. Frank will always be a great inspiration to me. I’ll miss you, my friend…my sympathies to Linda, Mikee, Corey, Alexi, and the rest of the family…

  17. Max says:

    To my dear friend and fellow warrior. We’ll meet again and again we will change the world.

    Your fan and friend Max

  18. CeeBee says:

    What a beautiful eloquent tribute. I remember some of your shows featuring Frank, including that amazing orgy with Axel Braun. What an incredible guy Frank was. Great music, hot naked women and deep thoughts – what more could you want. Thanks for sharing him with us, Dr. Suzy. YOu have the most interesting guests!

  19. Howie Gordon says:

    Thanks, Dr. Suzy!

    Like your mentor here yourself, your words of tribute are
    fearless and touching.

    I especially liked the poem of his you included at the end.
    The man brought hope. What more could any of us ask
    for an epitaph?

    xo, Pacheco

  20. Rocky Angel says:

    Saddened to hear it, R.I.P. Frank.

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