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                           Stunning Omission


                 Written March-April 1977, this letter to the editor was
                 published in Drummer 15, May 1977.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written March 12, 1999
                 II.  The letter to the editor as published in Drummer 15,
                    May 1977


             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                March 12, 1999

                Editor’s Note: Jack Fritscher, the founding San Francisco editor in
                chief of Drummer magazine, met John Embry, the founding Los Ange-
                les publisher, in March 1977, and worked with him, and observed him,
                during nearly thirty years, including twenty years after their Drum-
                mer partnership, writing for Embry’s twenty-first-century magazines
                Manifest Reader, Manhood Rituals, and Super MR. Only two people
                were editor in chief of Drummer: Jeanne Barney and Jack Fritscher. I
                myself have been an eyewitness of Fritscher and Drummer since 1979.
                In fact, I met Fritscher at the precise moment in 1979 when he had
                edited half the Drummer issues in existence.
                    Fritscher was editor in chief of  Drummer  for three years, for
                thirty-two intense and seminal months: March 1977 to December 31,
                1979. During this formative time as script-doctor, he was the sub-rosa
                editor in chief ghost-editing Drummer 14 to 18. He edited Drummer
                19-30 as well as his hybrid issues, Drummer 31, 32, 33, plus his special
                extra issue, Son of Drummer (September 1978). He was a steady force
                of continuity through the sturm und drang of all three owner/publishers
                of Drummer. He was Drummer’s most frequent contributing writer and
                photographer for 65 of the 214 issues during three publishers over 25
                years.
                    He is the historian of Drummer’s institutional memory.
                    — Mark Hemry, The Drummer Salon in the introduction to Gay
                San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer

             Before my friend Al Shapiro became art director whose first work appeared
             in Drummer 17 (July 1977), he had introduced me to publisher John
             Embry in March 1977. During that spring, Drummer was hysterical, and
             arriving in bits and pieces from LA, fleeing for sanctuary in San Francisco

           ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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