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                          Astrologic Capricorn


                 Written October 1977, this feature essay was published in
                 Drummer 19, December 1977.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written April 23, 2007
                 II.  The feature column as published in Drummer 19,
                    December 1977
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations


             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                April 23, 2007

                        Astrology, Comedy, Scofflaws, The Advocate,
                             and the Drummer Bloomsbury

             Written October 1977, this feature column was published in Drummer 19
             (December 1977). The LA author Aristide had invented “Astrologic,” but
             warfare and attrition inside Drummer caused me as editor in chief to step
             up and take over the writing of “Astrologic” for seven issues (plus one):
             Drummer 19 (December 1977), Drummer 20 (January 1978), Drummer
             21 (March 1978), Drummer 22 (May 1978), Drummer 23 (July 1978),
             Drummer 25 (December 1978), Drummer 26 (January 1979), including a
             reprint of my work pirated by John Embry and John Rowberry in Drum-
             mer 41 (December 1980).
                To write this Drummer history I searched out eyewitness Aristide
             who revealed for the first time his role as a charter member of the original
             LA Drummer salon.
                During “The Dawning of the Age of Aquarius” in the 1960s and
             1970s, the most common pick-up line in bars was “What’s your sign?”
             Spinning that joke, Aristide Joseph Laurent, a French Creole-Irish-Cajun
             whose birth sign is September 15, 1941, created “Astrologic” for the orig-
             inal-recipe of The Advocate.
                Marking the fortieth anniversary of the founding of The Advocate,
             Aristide wrote in an email on September 19, 2007:

                After Dick Mitch was arrested in a bar raid and charged with
                lewd conduct in the late 1960s, he became a fired-up activist;
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