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396                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               and, with his lover, Bill Rau, and friend Sam Allen, they bought
               the Pride Newsletter and changed the name to The Advocate.
               Since it was dangerous to be a “pervert” prior to the liberation
               movement, you didn’t use your real name for fear of reprisals,
               not only from harassment by the LAPD but the ever-present
               possibility of losing your day job, family and friends. Dick Mitch
               became “Dick Michaels,” the editor; Bill Rau became “Bill
               Rand”; and I became “P. Nutz,” jack of many trades . . . . I pro-
               vided the so-called “humor” of the early Advocate in a monthly
               column titled “Mariposa de la Noche” (Butterfly of the Night).
               When I look at those columns in my mature years, I shudder.
               What a flamer I was! (No rebuttals, please). The defining pur-
               pose of the early Advocate was to unite and inform the gay com-
               munity of what was happening in their closed society. When
               David Goodstein purchased it and took over, it evolved into a
               glossy fashion/celebrity magazine.

                Aristide chose “P. Nutz” because in the United States Air Force his
            nickname had been “Peanuts.” He also wrote for The Advocate as the
            Anglicized “Joseph Laurence” because the publisher wanted to list more
            names to make the staff seem larger.
               Moving “Astrologic” to Drummer at the invitation of editor in chief
            Jeanne Barney because the humorless investment banker David Good-
            stein had bought The Advocate, Aristide wrote without benefit of byline
            when he penned his first eleven “Drummer Astrologic” columns ending
            in Drummer 18 what he had begun in Drummer 8. By Drummer 18,
            the magazine had moved to San Francisco, leaving behind in LA many
            original contributors including Jeanne Barney who had credited Aristide
            not specifically for “Astrologic” but more generally on the masthead list
            of “Contributors” under his third nom de plume “Aristide Laurent.”
               Having filled in for Aristide for seven issues, and having over-ruled
            the objections of LA office-boy John Rowberry, I negotiated his open
            return for forthcoming issues beginning with Drummer 27 in which I
            gave him his first byline in Drummer as “Aristide.”
               I was personally grateful because I needed him back. At that time, I
            was editing and producing Drummer as well as writing much of each issue
            and hadn’t time to write “Astrologic.” Deadlines had caused me to omit
            it from Drummer 24. In fact, in Drummer 23, I had “cheated” by writing
            no more than a simple astrological limerick.
               Why Aristide had never been bylined on the Drummer contents page
            or at the top of “Astrologic” before I listed him remains a mystery to both
            Aristide and his longtime pal, Jeanne Barney.

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