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                            The Leatherneck:
                           The Ultimate Bar of the 70s
                            with Photos by Jim Stewart


                 Written April, 15, 1977, this feature essay was published
                 in Drummer 18, August 1977.
                 I-A. Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written October 2, 2001
                 I-B. Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction,
                    Part 2, written October 24, 2001
                 II.  The feature article as published in Drummer 18,
                    August 1977
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations


             I-A. Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                October 2, 2001

                        Gay Bars Were the First Gay Art Galleries

             As I was becoming the independently functional editor in chief with
             Drummer 19, this was my first actual byline in Drummer, written, coordi-
             nated, and produced for my friend and longtime roommate Allan Lowery
             who was opening his San Francisco dream venue, the new USMC-themed
             bar, the Leatherneck, June 1977. The article included documentary leather
             and S&M photographs by my other roommate Jim Stewart aka Keyhole
             Studio, featuring Leatherneck bartender Chris Meyrovich who became
             my Palm Drive Video model, Sweat MacCloud. Jim Stewart and I had
             been friends since the mid-1970s when I was teaching literature and film
             at Western Michigan University and he was the manager of the Campus
             Theater; together we coordinated several years of town-and-gown film
             festivals.
                Allan Lowery owned a two-flat home on Castro Street at 15  where
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             David Sparrow and I lived with him during parts of 1972, 1973, and 1974.
             (In the early 1970s at that address, we three hosted several then-famous
             leather S&M parties to a very pertinent A-list of leathermen.) Allan Low-
             ery had asked if I had any interest in opening the Leatherneck together as
             a business, but I was coming off my sabbatical year as a tenured associate

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