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Paul Rhymer, the last Smithsonian taxidermist, just retired after 25 years in the job his father and grandfather once held. hide caption

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Malcolm McLaren managed iconic acts such as The Sex Pistols, Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow and New York Dolls. John Minihan/Hulton Archive hide caption

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The Mariposa Film Group (left to right: Rob Epstein, Veronica Selver, Peter Adair, Lucy Massie Phenix, Andrew Brown and Nancy Adair) shared the roles of director, editor, producer and cinematographer to collectively make Word is Out. Their film went on to become an icon of the emerging gay rights movement. Janet Cole/Milliarium Zero hide caption

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