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Information about the quilt

A single block is normally composed of 8 panels. The typical size of a panel is approximate to 3 by 6 feet which is the size of a human grave. On the back of the block in the upper right corner, you can find the block number. According to one of the Names Project coordinators, Roddy Williams there are currently 5959 blocks, which is more than 48,000 panels. The quilt described here is 1333 and can be found on the names project website:  http://aidsquilttouch.org/experience-quilt

Panel 1333
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Panels are the size of a human grave because they represented loved ones who have died of AIDS, shining the light in the AIDS epidemic. Bobby Orr is the name on quilt 1333, located in the first column and the second row.

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The primary colors featured on this panel would be blue, white, yellow, red and pink. This panel will be described in its totality. Several objects on this panel have been stitched on, some laminated. First I will describe the bold letters and numbers. Next, I will describe everything else on the right side of it.

Bold Text

Bobby Orr is the name on the quilt that is in big white letters on the left side of the panel. Probably there to emphasize that this is the name of the person they lost. Underneath that states the month and year of his death and birth (4-59, 1-89), which is March 1959- January 1989. The 20th century is assumed because in most of the other surrounding panels the date was of the 20th century.

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Next to the R on the right side of the name is a photo. I believe this photo was placed here because this is a photo of Bobby Orr. The photo is laminated, probably so that it can be preserved for a long time. The laminated photo was stitched on with a blue string. The photo is a bit creased, meaning that it been there for a while. The photo itself has a brown, grey color scheme meaning that it was taken a while ago. This is also assumed because he died in 1989.

Letters

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At the bottom of the panel, there are four letters: one from Debbie and John, one to Debbie, and two to John.Under the photo is a letter from John and Debbie, sending their farewells after Bobby died and staying that they hope he likes it.  

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This letter was written by Bobby sent to someone he is close to (John Kappers), who is obviously someone he talks to often.  He begins this letter by apologizing because he wasn’t able to make a call to John. He continues to states how he is going to see a counselor, this counselor gave him positive feedback and also a positive outlook on something (assuming it’s about him having aids). He also states how St. Francis Hospital offered him a job as an “Assistant Unit Coordinator of the Wester Psychiatric Center”, where he will be making $11/hr. He finishes the letter by staying he meets a “hunk” and plans on seeing them again. 

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This letter was written by Bobby sent to someone he is close to (John Kappers), who is obviously someone he talks to often.  He begins this letter by apologizing because he wasn’t able to make a call to John. He  continues to states how he is going to see a counselor, this counselor gave him positive feedback and also a positive outlook on something (assuming it’s about him having aids). He also states how St. Francis Hospital offered him a job as a “Assistant Unit Coordinator of the Wester Psychotic Center”, where he will be making $11/hr. He finishes the letter by staying he meet a “hunk” and plans on seeing them again.

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In this letter, Bobby is writing to Debbie about his travels. He was in St. Croix but then took a boat to St. Thomas and then sailed back to Parguern. He apologizes for not being able to see her but that he is excited about the there trip to New York. These letters give us to get insight into Bobby’s life. He confirms that he is interested in guys, but this also says a lot about his traveling.

Significance of Photos

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On this panel there were four photos that had “New York” or  NYC written on it.  This photo feels like cotton material and was appears to be stitched on with the same blue like string that the photo of Bobby Orr was in and the rest f the letters. This photo has 5 taxi cabs and on each taxi cab there’s a significant white and black checkered like pattern which also appears at the bottom  the line of the taxis and above the name “new york” which is highlighted with the same yellow color of the taxis.

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This has a similar checked like pattern but instead this one has a blue and black pattern. This patter could hep suggest that Bobby Orr was interested in checkers and also liked playing checkers. So I began  to do research first I search “New York checker 1989” (year of his death), All that came up was information  about taxi cabs. Then

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I added the word “gay”, because of this photo, and also because in one of the letters Bobby mentions how he meet a hunk”. So now it’s “New York gay checker 1989”.

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What pops up was interesting because under People also search for, “The Castro in the 1980’s” was there. This is interesting because one of the photos stitched onto this panel has the name Castro on it.

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Accoring to Huffington Post, the Castro was the located in San Francisco where “a group of people who for countless years had been marginalized, cast- out, even hated came to live in a neighborhood where they bulit their own vibrant culture.” Thus, creating the name of my website “The Castro”.

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