About the Wolfpack...
by Bruce Chambers, one of the founding members
Wolfpack just kinda happened. It wasn't really planned....(around
at the Venture inn actually gave it a start. Bob McWilliams and I
often went there together and he started calling me Wolfdaddy and
Bob he called Wolfboy. On a lot of Sunday afternoons a group of friends
would gather at my pool which we called the wolf den or Marys and
we started giving everyone wolf names.
We were never an official group or club. Just a group of friends who
got together and had a good time. Several people asked how to join
but it didn't work that way, it was more of an assimilation process,
if they clicked with the group, started hanging out with us, they
were assimilated into the group. The boyfriend of one of my tenants
was an excellent artist and he surprised us with the wolfpack logo.
We had t-shirts made with the logo on the front and that members wolfname
on the back. Over the years, we had different t-shirts made; some
were gray, some black. We were doing an event at Mary's one year and
a group of Drag queens got together and had t-shirts made for themselves
that had their own logo called the Shewolves.
There was not an official connection to the Grey Party, I was a founding
host of Grey Party several years before the Wolfpack came into existence
and several of the Wolfpack decided to become hosts as well. We used
to go on an annual camping trip to the Guadalupe River in May and
were joined by friends from Austin, Dallas and a few other places.
We also did several other camping trips organized by other clubs.
We made several appearances in New Orleans for Southern Decadence
and Mardi Gras. Another trip was to the LGBT March on Washington (1993).
We had flags with the Wolfpack logo made for that trip which we carried
in the March.
For LUEY weekend, we hosted several cocktail parties at Mary's, which
I guess you could call our home bar. Sometimes we would bartend there
and even served breakfast there on Sunday mornings for awhile.
The wolfpack has never officially ended. As happens, some members
moved away, some are no longer with us and the rest of us just got
older and stopped spending as much time in the bars. As with getting
older, Interest and priorities change. I guess you could say we retired.