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418                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            to turn those depressing death-of-a-teenage-salesman encounters into
            writing for Catholic magazines. I learned how to make the stories and
            features reflect the reality I saw behind closed doors as well as the beliefs
            and identities of the readers.
               With Embry missing in action, and with Al so cooperative, I took
            my whip and began driving Drummer with all the talented contributors
            I could find. The “Letters to the Editor” changed, and circulation rose to
            42,000 — its highest point then or since.
               This “Steve Reeves” feature is, queer historians may note, listed at
            the “Unofficial Steve Reeves’ Page” at which lists “Frit-
            scher, Jack, ‘Steve Reeves’ Screentest,” Drummer 19 (December 1977)
            and reviews it as “a parody of a typical Steve Reeves movie with captioned
            stills. Kind of mean, but really funny!”
               So, maybe John Embry was right!
               Humor and eros can co-exist.
               Nobody ever jerked off to a joke.
               Nobody ever came to camp.
               On my book shelf is a privately produced book, Worlds to Conquer:
            An Authorized Biography of Steve Reeves (1999) by Chris LeClaire, 190
            photos, many previously unpublished; 256 pages, Chris LeClaire Publish-
            ing, PO Box 116, South Chatham MA 02659, $29.95.
               I wrote the single paragraph introducing the photo feature and co-
            wrote, and then edited, the one-liner photo captions from the three of us.
               Finally, in the zero degrees of separation, I connected the dots from
            Steve Reeves to the world heavy-weight champion boxer, Primo Carnera,
            who co-starred in Hercules Unchained (1959). In 1989, when it was time to
            pick the cover of the first edition of Some Dance to Remember: A Memoir-
            Novel of San Francisco 1970-1982, I insisted that publisher Knights Press
            print a George Mott photograph of the Art Deco statue of Primo Carnera
            commissioned by Mussolini in the 1930s for the 1944 Olympic Games
            planned  for  his Foro  Italico  in Rome. When  Knights Press suddenly
            declared bankruptcy, I so respected Mott as a fellow artist that I person-
            ally paid him the fee Knights Press owed him for the use of his intel-
            lectual property. Because people judge a book by its cover, Mott’s photo
            helped make Some Dance to Remember both popular and controversial. In
            2003, thirteen years after Mott’s photograph appeared on Some Dance to
            Remember (1990), his book, Foro Italico: Photographs by George Mott, was
            published by Powerhouse Books, New York, with introductory essays by
            Giorgio Armani, Michelangelo Sabatino, and Luigi Ballerini.

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