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98                                      Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               Drummer and its inclusive salon was the hub interpreting leather pop-
            ular culture. Drummer, according to the San Francisco GLBT Histori-
            cal Society was — in the most important assessment in this book — “the
            center of a whole cultural phenomenon.”
               Drummer was epicentric to leather culture for what happened then
            and for what happened later.
               Leather, like homosexuality itself, is a hologram. I might say, “You
            see it; but when you reach out to touch it, your hand closes empty around
            the projection of what your eye tells you is there.”
               Our leather history has no more memory than the remembrance we
            give it.
               And all our leather memoirs are epic.

                                  Question Marx?
                     Socrates: It Takes a Village to Raise a Question?

            Is there in the younger politically correct crowd a kind of gay-moral dis-
            approval, a kind of Puritan uptightness, and a jealous ageism as if they
            are angry that their forebears stole a march on them? Is theirs a petu-
            lance about a party missed that rebels against the generation of us who
            in the first decade after Stonewall invented gay life while celebrating our
              psychological liberation like the fauns, satyrs, angels, imps, and gods that
            the sex, music, and drugs revealed we were in our new world of faerie?

            AUGUST 18, 1974

            The gay world lies somewhere between the Wild West and Chaos.
               For instance, in 1970 in San Francisco, long before there was a Drum-
            mer, my lover David Sparrow and I posed as two leather players in a couple
            hundred black-and-white photos for the first leather magazine published
            in San Francisco, Whipcrack. Intending it as a one-issue one-off, we helped
            create that slick, large-format magazine with photographer Walt Jebe,
            David’s employer, who owned Jebe’s Camera, 4117 20  Street. Jebe’s
            Camera, founded in the 1960s, was the first camera shop to hire gay clerks
            and develop gay sex photos in the Castro. The straight Jebe had been in
            business ten years before arriviste Harvey Milk immigrated and opened
            his own Castro Camera shop a couple doors away, around the corner on
            the main drag at 575 Castro Street.

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