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            quake editor” who kept Drummer alive in 1989-1990; see Bean’s “The
            Day the Earth Did Not Stand Still” in Drummer 135 (December 1989).

            5. Robert Davolt. Operations manager, 1997, under Dutch publisher
            Martijn Bakker who hired him as an American manager with Drum-
            mer 209; Davolt titled himself both “editor” and “publisher”; in those
            straw positions, he managed to produce a total of only six issues of the
            “monthly” Drummer between April 1998 and April 1999 when Drummer
            went out of business with Drummer 214. Davolt became an accomplice in
            the killing of Drummer, the magazine, by spending all his energy on Mr.
            Drummer, the contest, where he could indulge his weakness for playing
            the social lion on his coast-to-coast grand tours producing the contest.
            Traveling on an expense account wrung from the struggling magazine,
            Davolt reduced Drummer to nothing more than the Mr. Drummer contest
            and video ads.

            Al Shapiro aka A. Jay: Drummer 17 - Drummer 32; publisher Anthony
            DeBlase in Drummer 100 (October 1986) wrote that Fritscher’s discovery
            “David Hurles’ Old Reliable photos and A. Jay’s drawings characterized
            this era . . . . and A. Jay’s illustrations for stories and ads had exactly the right
            look for Jack Fritscher’s version of Drummer.”
            DRUMMER TRIVIA

               •   Drummer 1 and Drummer 2 were “closet” issues, with no
                   names on masthead
               •   Drummer 4 - Drummer 12: no Thoreau “marching quote”
                   on masthead

                   What rollicking fun . . . to reopen old friendships and even
               some ancient hostilities of that golden age. To be a by-stander
               to those vibrant talents and hear again those voices . . . .  Can you
               imagine the pleasure in being able to put one’s arms around some
               of those people, just like you maybe should have done back then
               when they were still around and available?
                    — John Embry, Manifest Reader 33 (1997), page 5

            Ten years earlier, in  Drummer  107 (August 1987), page 91, running
            through Drummer 116 (May 1988), page 82, John Embry, having sold
            his megaphone that was Drummer, placed a classified ad seeking what I

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