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                                                    Robert Opel’s “Christmas
                                                    Card, Fey-Way Studios,
                                                    1978.” Sent to Jack Frit-
                                                    scher, this card, printed on
                                                    one side only, was inscribed
                                                    in Robert Opel’s hand:
                                                    “Love to you from Robert
                                                    Opel.”








                                                    As a post-mortem vale-
                                                    dictory to the murdered
                                                    Robert Opel in  Drummer
                                                    32 (October 1979), Jack
                                                    Fritscher published Opel’s
                                                    autobiographical religious
                                                    poem, “The Men,” written
                                                    in praise of Sacred Eros in
                                                    San  Francisco.  Opel  con-
                                                    cluded  “Pray for us now
                                                    and at the hour of our
                                                    death” and ended with the
                                                    promise of resurrection.
























              “Fey-Way Studios,” storefront, 1287 Howard Street, the first gay gallery South of
              Market, founded by frequent Drummer writer and photographer, Robert Opel, who
              was murdered inside the premises on July 8, 1979. Photograph by Mark Hemry (2005).
              ©Mark Hemry
           ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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