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130                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               If only the profit had been used to upgrade the production of Drum-
            mer by printing it on better paper that didn’t feel like rag stock soaking
            up the photographs like inkblots.
               History will not look kindly on the corners cut at Drummer.
               Embry finally admitted with some transparency in Super MR (2000)
            page 39:

                   Drummer’s steady growth made it possible for much experi-
               mentation, including [other magazines like] Alternate, Mach, FQ
               [Foreskin Quarterly], Manifest, and all the annuals [e.g.: Son of
               Drummer] that followed. None of our publishing lost money,
               some made more than others, of course. But it was Drummer
               that paid the bills and gave us the opportunity to increase and

            “Homosexuality in America” written by Paul Welch with photographs by William Eppridge,
            Life magazine, June 26, 1964. Pop-culture analyst Jack Fritscher, who experienced the Life
            issue as a twenty-five-year-old eyewitness subscriber in 1964, was the first historian to
            point out this seminal issue of Life magazine as a benchmark in the gender-identity his-
            tory of gay culture. (Life emphasized the civil war between masculine-identified gays and
            female-identified gays.) His clarion point, now a canonical reference to many, was made in
            his heirloom “Rear-View Mirror” history column in Drummer 134 (October 1989). ©Life

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