Jim Nash, originally from Kansas, and Dannie Flesher from Arkansas, met in 1971 at Gage Park, Topeka KS (a notorious park for gay cruising). At the time, Dannie was 19… Jim was 23, married with 2 children.
Over the next 25 years, Jim & Dannie were rarely apart and worked as one unit. Jim had one of the most infectious and charismatic personalities, while Dannie was the strong quiet presence with true generous southern charm.
As history is written and rewritten, it’s easy to throw clichés around like visionaries or pioneers and although accurate, it’s impossible to fully describe the energy and passion that Jim & Dannie brought into the room…Gay hillbillies, loving fathers (Dannie treated Jim’s children as his own) , casual criminals, huge fans of art and architecture, crazy sharp wit, creative, fearless, crass, giving, selfish…would all be true. Time and time again, Jim & Dannie created what wasn’t there. They didn’t wait for permission and didn’t care about forgiveness.
They brought culture and cool to wherever they were, and even though their relationship could be volatile and turbulent at times, the whole was always greater than the sum of its parts. It is almost certain that neither one would have accomplished so many amazing, groundbreaking things without each other.