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82                                      Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            gious Peddie School, and was stationed as Staff Sergeant in charge of
            NCOIC Operations of Air Intelligence Squadrons for nearly five years
            with the US Air Force in Germany (1950-1954). Completing his tour of
            duty, he entered into the 1950s underground of the LA leather scene where
            he and Montgomery Clift shared a lover. With his degree in industrial
            psychology from UCLA (1957), he worked in the private sector and as
            a probation officer with the Forestry Service. He began his pioneering
            activism in the politics of gay liberation in the early 1960s. In 1972, as
            president of the Homophile Effort for Legal Protection which had been
            founded in 1969 to defend gays during and after arrests, he introduced
            John Embry to the H.E.L.P. Newsletter, the forebear of Drummer (1975).
            Fearing shoddy gay business practices, he cautioned Embry not to allow
            H.E.L.P. to fall into bankruptcy. As the longtime friend of Jeanne Barney,
            who was the founding Los Angeles editor in chief of Drummer, he is an
            essential eyewitness of the drama and salon around Drummer in which
            his novels were frequently excerpted. His signature “Leather Notebook”
            column appeared in Drummer for twelve years beginning in 1980.

                                     “Larry Townsend,” Fritscher-Hemry House,
                                     June 16, 1995. Photograph by Jack Fritscher.
                                     ©Jack Fritscher

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