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8. Joseph Scott Smith at 575 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA, May 1973,
photo by Harvey Milk

Scott Smith fell into a grave depression after the killing of the man who had guided his personal and professional life since he was twenty-two. Since most media attention focused on the political heirs of Harvey Milk--who had long considered Scott to be little more than the camera store's clerk--Smith became increasingly embittered in the month's after the assassination, complaining that he had never gotten due credit for propping up the business that gave Milk his political base. As executor of Harvey's estate, Scott was saddled with Milk's debts but none of the recognition. Friends hoped Smith's anxieties would lessen as time distanced him from Harvey's brutal end. But they didn't. Finally, the city's public health director, a longtime admirer of Harvey's, helped Scott find some counseling, and Smith began reconstructing his life, two years after the assassination.

Randy Shilts, The Mayor of Castro Street, St. Martin's Press, 1982

Scott Smith later died of AIDS-related complications in February of 1995.