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                       The Church Mid-Decade

                               and the Negro


                 Written in Summer 1963, this essay was published in The
                 Torch, Volume XLVIII, Number 1, February 1965.
                 I-A. Author’s Eyewitness Historical Context written
                    October 21, 2001
                 I-B. Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written March 19, 1994
                 II.  The essay as published in The Torch, Volume XLVIII,
                    Number 1, February 1965
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations

             I-A. Author’s Eyewitness Historical Context written
                October 21, 2001

                         Drummer Was Not Created from Nothing
                      Drummer and the DNA of Religious Iconography
                              Homosexuality Is a Religion

             If I don’t count the years (1949-1953) when I was a newspaper carrier
             for the Peoria Journal Star, for whom my father also worked as a branch
             manager, my career in publishing began in the Catholic press in 1957
             under the direction of my mentor, the Reverend Leonard J. Fick, the
             editor of the long-running bi-weekly, The Josephinum Review. The TJR
             paid nothing to its volunteer staff — which was good training for writing
             for gay publishers who fail to pay. Starting as a proof reader and re-write
             editor on freelancers’ submitted articles and stories, I also began writing
             book and film reviews.
                In 1957-1958 when I was a seventeen-year-old high-school senior
             turning eighteen, I won a Quaker Oats writing contest, edited one book,
             sold two book reviews and three short stories and hauled in for the year
             an astonishing $90.50 which in today’s dollars would be $2,443.50.
                I  moved  on  to  social-justice  feature  articles  such  as  the  migrant
             worker article, “The Bitter Harvest,” with Alice Ogle (The Josephinum
             Review, May 24, 1961) and my own “Objectives of the Second Vatican
             Council” (TJR, October 10, 1962). As a companion feature pre-dating my

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