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Finding aid to the Gregg Strom papers, 1981-1993 Coll2012.161
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  • Title: Gregg Strom papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.161
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot. 3 archive cartons
    Date (inclusive): 1981-1993
    Abstract: The collection consists of business and legal documents pertaining to Greg Strom's gay erotica company Bryx International, as well as legal and tax documents relating to Strom's personal affairs, 1981-1993. Strom was a bodybuilder and model for gay erotica, most notably for his own company Bryx International.

    Biography

    Gregg Strom was born Eugene Emery Tichy on May 24, 1955, in Portland, Oregon, to Michael and Anna Tichy. From 1973-1974, he studied Electrical Engineering at Portland State University, and from 1974-1978 he studied at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in pursuit of the same degree. Although he did not finish his degree, Strom started working professionally in the radio and television electronics industry in 1973 and branched out into the computer field soon after. He remained connected to the computer industry for much of the rest of his life.
    An amateur bodybuilder and out gay man in his personal life, Strom attracted the attention of the gay erotica industry upon his arrival in California. In 1978 he made his first appearances as a nude model in gay publications such as Colt Studio’s Colt Men magazine series and Action Male magazine. He would soon appear in such notable gay adult publications as Mandate, Drummer and Honcho.
    As early as 1979 Strom took control of his image and began marketing erotic materials featuring himself and other models. From his own amateur publications such as Cheap and Scritext, Strom quickly became an established presence on the gay erotica market. In the early 1980s, he formed the company Basic Brawn and began selling photographs and videotapes via ads in magazines such as In Touch for Men and the Advocate. In 1983, Strom changed the company’s name to Bryx International. He also formed less successful businesses, including a health studio and personal training venture in 1984 and a model/escort business known as Bryx’s Bucks in 1985.
    In 1985 he had his name legally changed from Eugene Emery Tichy to Gregg Strom. Unhappy with the legal status of gays and lesbians in the United States, Strom often looked into leaving the country. In 1982 he inquired about moving to Canada, but abandoned that effort, and in 1992, he moved to Amsterdam, albeit briefly.
    Gregg Strom died, cause unknown, on September 6, 2006.

    Separated Materials

    PERIODICALS:
    ACTION MALE, v.1, no.6 (1978) – pictorial, pg. 22
    ANNUAL MAN CALENDAR (Jim French, Colt Studio), 1996
    BEST OF HONCHO, undated – pictorial, pg. 14
    BEST OF HONCHO 3, 1981 – cover/pictorial, pg. 48
    BEST OF PLAYGUY, no.1 (1981) – pictorial, pg. 44
    BEST OF ZEUS (Honcho Publication), 1983 – pictorial, pg. 16
    BINKY, no. 1 (February 1989) – Strom model ad, pg. 20
    BINKY, no. 5 (September 1989) – Strom model ad, pg. 50
    BUCK ROGERS’ HAPPENINGS, November 1985 – Bryx’s Bucks ad, pg. 45
    BUCK ROGERS’ HAPPENINGS, December 1985 – Bryx’s Bucks ad, pg. 45
    THE BOYS, no. 4 (July 1986) – pictorial, pg. 41
    THE BOYS, no. 7 (June 1989) – cover/centerfold
    BRONC, July 1982 – cover/pictorial, pg. 61
    BUNKHOUSE, v.1, no.2 (1980) – pictorial, pg. 36
    BUNKHOUSE, v.1, no.4 (1980) – pictorial, pg. 31
    CHEAP! MAGAZINE, no. 2 (1979) – pictorial throughout
    COLT MEN, no. 4 (1978) – pictorial pg. 4
    DRUMMER, no. 146 (February 1991) – Lucky Man review, pg. 61, 64
    FRONTIERS, April 4-11, 1984 (v.2, no.37) – Burbank’s Video Depot ad, feat. Strom, pg. 8 of Classifieds
    GREGG STROM, THE ZEUS COLLECTION, 1982
    HOMMES, Summer 1981 – cover/pictorial, pg. 21
    HOM-OH, no. 90 (undated) – pictorial, pg. 16
    HONCHO, September 1991 – Bryx ad, pg. 89
    HONCHO, November 1991 – Bryx ad, pg. 89
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 81 (July 1983) – pictorial, pg. 65
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 95 (September 1984) – Bryx ad, pg. 91
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 96 (October 1984) – Bryx ad, pg. 97
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 97 (November 1984) – Bryx ad, pg. 85
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 98 (December 1984) – Bryx ad, pg. 85
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 99 (January 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 87
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 100 (February 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 93
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 101 (March 1985) - Bryx ad, pg. 87
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 102 (April 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 71
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 103 (May 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 87
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 104 (June 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 87
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 105 (July 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 87
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 106 (August 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 93
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 107 (September 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 95
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 108 (October 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 95
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 109 (November 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 93
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 110 (December 1985) – Bryx ad, pg. 85
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 111 (January 1986) – Bryx ad, pg. 95
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 112 (February 1986) – Bryx ad, pg. 85
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 113 (March 1986) – Bryx ad, pg. 93
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 114 (April 1986) – Bryx ad, pg. 95
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 115 (May 1986) – Bryx ad, pg. 71
    IN TOUCH FOR MEN, no. 116 (June 1986) – Bryx ad, pg. 95
    THE LEATHERMEN, 1978 – pictorial, pg. 2
    MANDATE, December 1978 – cover/pictorial, pg. 35
    MANDATE, April 1979
    MANDATE, November 1982
    MANDATE, December 1982
    MANDATE, January 1983
    MANDATE, September 1991 – Bryx ad, pg. 77
    MANDATE, December 1991 – Bryx ad, pg. 77
    NATIONAL GUIDE OF MAIL ORDER BUSINESSES OF THE GAY/LESBIAN COMMUNITY, 1991 – Bryx ad, pg. 31
    NUMBERS, May 1982 – pictorial, pg. 10
    NUMBERS, May 1983 – pictorial, pg. 17
    PLAYGUY, v.3, no.28 (undated) – cover/pictorial, pg. 19
    SCRITEXT, undated – cover/pictorial throughout
    SKIN, v.1, no.4 (1980) – pictorial, pg. 18
    STROKE, v.4, no.2 (1984)
    TEENAGE MUSCLES, v.1, no.1 (1961)
    TOO HOT TO HANDLE, no. 13 (1982) – pictorial, pg. 12
    TORSO, June 1983 – pictorial, pg. 24
    TORSO, September 1991 – Bryx ad, pg. 87
    TORSO, October 1991 – Bryd ad, pg. 61
    ZEUS COWBOYS, 1981 – pictorial pg. 4
    BOOKS:
    HARD BOYS IN BONDAGE, book by Jeff Kincaid - inscribed to “For Gregg, the original ‘Chuck’”
    RAMROD, book by Jack McCall – Strom on cover
    VHS VIDEOTAPES:
    BRYX FLESH & FANTASY, VHS Videotape
    BRYX STUDIO WORK, VHS Videotape

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Robert Graves, 2012.

    Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of business and legal documents pertaining to Greg Strom's gay erotica company Bryx International, as well as legal and tax documents relating to Strom's personal affairs, 1981-1993. Business and legal documents include invoices, ad clippings, and business name trademark research. Strom's personal materials include tax files from 1990-1993, legal documents pertaining to the purchase and sale of his Los Angeles home, and legal documents relating to his name change.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated from the estate of Gregg Strom, April 25, 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Gregg Strom Papers, Coll2012-161, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay erotica
    Legal documents
    Male models