I thought of a friend who had died of AIDS. He transferred into our class at Saint Monicas when his family moved from Hong Kong. He was a big fan of David Bowie before Bowie had a hit here. I might have heard "Space Oddity," but I wouldn't swear to it. Derek wore his hair the way Bowie did at the time and dressed as much like him as he could. I learned from a Facebook toast by a classmate that years later Derek introduced her to David Bowie at a party. I was happy to read that.
I liked the way he kept changing his looks and his clothes and his music.