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                                  Star Trick
                         Artist Dom Orejudos Is Etienne!

                 Written September-October 1977, this editorial promo-
                 tion essay was published in Drummer 19, December 1977.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written February 16, 2002
                 II.  The editorial promotion essay as published in
                    Drummer 19, December 1977
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations

             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                February 16, 2002

               Dom Orejudos, Sam Steward, and Chicago DNA in Drummer

             Written and produced October 1977 for my pal, Chicago artist Domingo
             Stephen Orejudos, and for my longtime friend and sexmate, Lou Thomas
             of Target Studio, who was announcing his publication of Star Trick, the
             new Target book of drawings by Dom-Etienne-Stephen Orejudos.
                This editorial essay amounted to “advertising” in  Drummer 19
             (December 1977). Synergistically, I also planted it to promote the upcom-
             ing “Etienne and A. Jay - Joint Exhibition” at Robert Opel’s Fey-Way
             Gallery, May 27 - June 9, 1978, San Francisco.
                For that show, Opel commissioned two single drawings to be created
             for the Fey-Way invitation. It was a genius union. Chicago’s Etienne drew
             one side of the pictures and San Francisco’s A. Jay drew the other.
                Within our growing salon of in-laws and outlaws, Lou Thomas also
             published my writing including my 1969 novel I Am Curious (Leather) in
             a limited private edition (1972).
                This eyewitness-participant introduction to Star Trick is an example
             of the inclusive ways I worked to connect Drummer in San Francisco
             to leather culture in Chicago. Jeanne Barney had featured “The Eti-
             enne Portfolio” sold by Target Studio in the centerfold of Drummer 10
             (November 1976).
                As a favor within our Drummer fraternity, I wrote this little essay
             to accompany four pages of the cartoon narrative, Star Trick, by Dom

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