"A sign of the times, reviewers frequently described Quercio's voice and stage persona in terms that, from a 21st-century lens, seem an awful lot like coded homophobia. He was routinely dismissed as being too 'fey,' and one 1987 review in the San Diego Union-Tribune labeled him a 'twerp.'
"'We were in Arizona, and I remember a local Phoenix reviewer described Michael as the "king of twee,"' said Benair. 'That really bothered him.'
"Quercio, for his part, is magnanimous about any homophobia he may have faced: 'It was really never much of an issue. Probably because we came up in Los Angeles, where no one really cared.'"
Matthew Fleischer in the Los Angeles Times meets up with a reunited Three O'Clock.