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1,000 mourn owner of gay bar

Grandmother welcomed ‘club’ 60 years ago

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When homosexuality was a crime, the Blythwood Tavern was a place of refuge. When Congress was holding hearings to out and fire federal employees rumored to be gay, the Blythwood Tavern didn’t hesitate to welcome men who openly dressed as women. When gays in New York City rioted after police raided their bars in 1969, the Blythwood Tavern remained quiet, accepting and peaceful. So perhaps no one should have been surprised when more than 1,000 ...

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schdy
February 22, 2009
4:53 a.m.

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What a shock.

I haven't been to the Blythwood in 15 or so years but when I was there I was always treated with utmost respect.

Joey was a friend to all.

padc325
February 22, 2009
8:54 a.m.

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My return trips to Schenectady always included a trip to the Blythwood. On my most recent return, my sister said that Joey made the BEST white russian she has ever had. I will have a sambucca today for all of the great times that I had with Buca Joe and his wonderful grandmother Sue.

Goub
February 22, 2009
11:33 a.m.

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I KNEW JOEY A LONG TIME SINCE HE LIVED NEAR MY SISTER"S HOUSE ON THE SAME STREET AND WAS FRIENDS WITH MY NEPHEW"S AND NIECE. HE WAS GOOD AT DRAWING And SAID HE WOULD try DO A PORTRAIT OF MY NIECES DOG FOR ME.
NOT ONLY DID I KNOW JOEY WAY BACK THEN BUT ALSO AT THE BLYTHWOOD.I WOULD GO TO THE BAR ALL THE TIME AND HAD REALLY GREAT TIMES AND ALWAYS HAD TO HAVE SUE"S SANDWICHES AND FAMOUS POTATO SALAD.
I LIVED AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE BLYTHWOOD (A.K.A. SUE"S) AND ALWAYS WOULD SEE JOEY OUTSIDE CLEANING UP TO GET READY TO OPEN FOR THE NIGHT AHEAD. HE ALWAYS HAD THE TIME TO STOP WHAT HE WAS DOING AND HAVE A LITTLE SMALL TALK WITH ME EVERY TIME I WOULD GO BY,WHICH WAS ALMOST EVERY DAY.
JOEY WILL BE TRULY MISSED BY ME AND EVERYONE WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO KNOW HIM.
MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO BARB AND SUE AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY.
MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU IN THIS TRYING TIME.
WHAT A GREAT TRIBUTE,TO JOEY, TO KEEP THE BLYTHEWOOD OPEN AND THE BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ALL.

amazingrace
February 22, 2009
11:47 a.m.

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I didn't know Joey and never went to the Blythewood but from what I read he was a truly amazing man and obviously learned how to treat people from his grandmother. God Bless him for taking care of her and being the person he was.

pmp727
February 24, 2009
12:31 p.m.

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The Blythewood is a Schenectady institution and Joe Henderson was one of nature's noblemen. He will always be missed but at the same time he will always be close, held forever in our hearts.

Thanks to the Daily Gazette for an excellent, informative article.

And thanks especially to Ms. Kim and to Barbara, for keeping the tradition alive. Your loss is our loss, and for that we all grieve. I couldn't think of a more fitting tribute to Joe than to keep the place going strong, and I for one am looking forward to the good times to come. I know Joey wouldn't want it any other way.

McHollywood
February 24, 2009
6:32 p.m.

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I grew up with the Henderson sisters, Kim and Melissa. I clearly remember my parents going to the Blythewood and having a great time. A truck driver and his nurse wife. While Melissa and I were running around Schenectady doing fashion shows, my parents were were knocking one back with drag queens! They never once said a degrading word about anyone they ever met there. I remember going to the Blythewood once I was old enough too. It's been a long time since I stepped foot in Schenectady, no less the Blythewood, but I send my respects to the Henderson family for their loss. I hope you realize the impact your family has had, I'm reading about Joey's passing in Los Angeles! That's a legacy. You should be very proud. Rest in Peace, John McCormick

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