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298                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               Drummer 15 was a shameful issue assembled from file-drawer bits by
            Embry. The rotten core of Drummer 15 exhibited how desperate Embry
            was insofar as the issue consisted of three articles ghosted by “Robert
            Payne” who had seemingly cribbed them from straight men’s magazines
            and books. Two pieces that seemed blatant plagiarism in Drummer 14
            were “The Third Degree” and “The Foreign Legion,” and in Drummer
            15, “Devil’s Island” and “The Greek Way.”
               In Drummer 15, I took the opportunity of the “Letters to the Edi-
            tor,” whom I imagined to be my new employer Embry, to address a little
            critique of what alternatives I thought worked or might work in Drummer.
               In the letter, seconding the Drummer interest in pop-culture mov-
            ies, particularly with S&M themes, I actively suggested some real-world
            standards for giving proper credit to gay artists, as well as for raising the
            level of presentation of art and criticism. This little letter recapped my
            March 1977 talks with John Embry about the direction I intended to
            drive Drummer.
               Drummer 15 was one of the sad “transition issues” tossed together
            partly in LA, and finished off in its new home in San Francisco at 311
            California Street.
               Drummer 12 through Drummer 18 were “California Street Drum-
               This is the timeline of that period: Beginning in March-April 1977,
            I was sub-rosa editor in chief working out of my home at 4436 25  Street
            because Embry was still working out of his 311 California Street address.
            While he searched for a San Francisco office, I studied Drummer and
            initiated my editorial make-over on theoretical and practical fronts.
               My first writing in Drummer appeared in Drummer 14 (April 1977)
            when I produced and wrote “Men South of Market,” page 46.

               •   My first byline was in Drummer 18 (August 1977) when I
                   produced Jim Stewart’s photography for, and wrote, “The
                   Leatherneck Bar,” pages 82-85.
               •   My first  photograph  appeared in  Drummer  20 (January
                   1978), page 10.
               •   I worked on the intermediate issues, Drummer 14 to Drum-
                   mer 18, assuming with each issue more responsibilities such
                   as producing, script-doctoring, and ghost-editing.
               •   Hiatus! Four months! Because Drummer was nearly dead in
                   its emergency transplant from LA, Shapiro and Embry and
                   I put the magazine on a four-month hiatus without any new
                   issues from August to December 1977.

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