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"Roy Fitzgerald enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was shipped on the S.S. Lew Wallace, a Kaiser Liberty ship, to Samar, a sandy island in the Philippines." (''Rock Hudson: His Story'', p42) (His obit in the NYT says he enlisted in 1944.) He was shipped home in 1946 and decided to go to California because his father, was living in Long Beach, with a new wife and a daughter.  He lived with his father for a short time, but it didn't work out well.  He found a job driving for Budget Pack.  In Long Beach, for the first time, he met men who were open about being gay.  One of these was [[Kenneth G Hodge]].  "...Ken Hodge had worked in radio for many years, producing [[Lux Radio Theatre]].  Ken was thirty-six and Roy was twenty-one...he lived in a penthouse...in the [[Chateau Marmont]], a building owned by his Aunt Bernadette." (''His Story'', p 43)
 
"Roy Fitzgerald enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was shipped on the S.S. Lew Wallace, a Kaiser Liberty ship, to Samar, a sandy island in the Philippines." (''Rock Hudson: His Story'', p42) (His obit in the NYT says he enlisted in 1944.) He was shipped home in 1946 and decided to go to California because his father, was living in Long Beach, with a new wife and a daughter.  He lived with his father for a short time, but it didn't work out well.  He found a job driving for Budget Pack.  In Long Beach, for the first time, he met men who were open about being gay.  One of these was [[Kenneth G Hodge]].  "...Ken Hodge had worked in radio for many years, producing [[Lux Radio Theatre]].  Ken was thirty-six and Roy was twenty-one...he lived in a penthouse...in the [[Chateau Marmont]], a building owned by his Aunt Bernadette." (''His Story'', p 43)
  
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Roy and Kenneth met in the Summer of 1947.  Davison relates a story told her by [[Herbert Millspaugh]], claiming to describe how the name "Rock Hudson" came about.<blockquote>I received a letter from Herbert Millspaugh, a retired clerk in San Francisco, who said he had been present the day Roy Fitzgerald was named Rock Hudson.  He included names, dates and supporting photographs</blockquote><blockquote>In the summer of 1947, Millspaugh said, he was living in Long Beach, working for the Texas Oil Company, hanging out by the Villa Riviera and going to parties at the penthouse of Ken Hodge.  Ken introduced him to an extremely handsome young man he'd just met, Roy Fitzgerald, who wanted to be an actor.  One sunday, a group of Ken's friends walked back from the beach to Ken's apartment, fixed gin and tonics and started trying to think up a name for the actor.</blockquote><blockquote>"Ken wanted a name that suggested strength," Millspaugh said. "Someone came up with Rock.  Then we looked through the Long Beach phone book to find a second name that sounded right.  We came up with Hudson.  Everything you've read in the press duing the last forty years about the origin of the name is malarkey." (''His Story'', p 44)</blockquote>
 
Roy and Kenneth met in the Summer of 1947.  Davison relates a story told her by [[Herbert Millspaugh]], claiming to describe how the name "Rock Hudson" came about.<blockquote>I received a letter from Herbert Millspaugh, a retired clerk in San Francisco, who said he had been present the day Roy Fitzgerald was named Rock Hudson.  He included names, dates and supporting photographs</blockquote><blockquote>In the summer of 1947, Millspaugh said, he was living in Long Beach, working for the Texas Oil Company, hanging out by the Villa Riviera and going to parties at the penthouse of Ken Hodge.  Ken introduced him to an extremely handsome young man he'd just met, Roy Fitzgerald, who wanted to be an actor.  One sunday, a group of Ken's friends walked back from the beach to Ken's apartment, fixed gin and tonics and started trying to think up a name for the actor.</blockquote><blockquote>"Ken wanted a name that suggested strength," Millspaugh said. "Someone came up with Rock.  Then we looked through the Long Beach phone book to find a second name that sounded right.  We came up with Hudson.  Everything you've read in the press duing the last forty years about the origin of the name is malarkey." (''His Story'', p 44)</blockquote>
 
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