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             is Drummer 21 (March 1978); Fritscher edits Drummer for three years: 32
             months; Shapiro designs Drummer for 34 months

             6. Winter 1978-Spring 1979. During Embry’s cancer surgery and absence,
             Shapiro and Fritscher further remodel and refresh Drummer; Fritscher
             refashions leather as the focal point of a broader masculine-identified
             magazine reflecting its readers’ actual gender identity in the personal
             ads where  masculine  and  masculinity  are the most repeated keywords;
             Anthony DeBlase acknowledges: “Embry was the main person respon-
             sible for . . . allowing it [Drummer while he was absent] to be modified [by
             Shapiro and Fritscher].” (Drummer 188, September 1995, page 19)

                    For a year, a fog of depression and paranoia hangs over San
                Francisco and Drummer, both freaked out by the double-whammy
                of the  Jonestown Massacre  on November  18, 1978, and  the
                assassination of Milk and Moscone on November 27, 1978. The
                mass suicide by Kool-Aid of 900 persons, mostly San Francis-
                cans, at the People’s Temple in Guyana was committed by former
                San Francisco Housing  Board member, Jim Jones, who earlier
                had been arrested for masturbating and hitting on an undercover
                LAPD officer in the men’s room of the West Lake Theater in LA;
                Jones was instrumental in electing Mayor Moscone to office.
                Jones and Moscone died nine days apart.

             7. June 1979. Embry reveals his “Blacklist” in Drummer 30 attacking
             Jeanne Barney; the shadow list begins with Police Chief Ed Davis and
             continues with anyone uncontrollable by Embry who does not seem to
             like being held accountable by eyewitnesses

             8. July 8, 1979. The assassin-like murder of Drummer writer and pho-
             tographer Robert Opel in his South of Market Fey-Way Gallery follows
             Jonestown and Milk-Moscone killings by six months, and causes a new
             kind of gay hysteria in bars, baths, bistros, and the Drummer office

             9. August to December 31, 1979. Shapiro and Fritscher exit together
             taking the Drummer salon of talent such as Robert Mapplethorpe, thus
               ending what Embry and others term the “classic 1970s Drummer”; Frit-
             scher is the second and last editor in chief of Drummer; thirteen months
             after Fritscher exits, John Rowberry becomes editor with Drummer 40
             (January 1981) to Drummer 86 (January 1986)

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