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434                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               Sam’s fiction appeared several times in Drummer:

               •   “Babysitter,” illustrated  by Chuck Arnett,  Drummer  5
                   (March 1976), and
               •   “Many Happy Returns,” illustrated by Arnett, cover cre-
                   ated by Sam’s Chicago protégé Cliff Raven, Drummer 8
                   (September 1976).
               •   When I was editor in chief, I published Sam’s “In a Pig’s
                   Ass,” illustrated with photos by Falcon Studio, Drummer
                   21 (March 1978). Attached to Sam’s typed manuscript for
                   “A Pig’s Ass” was a letter to me dated January 9, 1978. Sam
                   wrote: “Dear Jack . . . The enclosed Xerox is by Dom Oreju-
                   dos.” He thought Dom’s drawing perfect for his story, but
                   that issue needed photos.
               •   Again, as editor in chief, I published his Catholic short story
                   “Priest: This Is My Body - Hustling in Chicago” in the
                   “Virtual Drummer” of Man2Man Quarterly #2, December

               In “Priest,” the disciplined hedonist Sam Steward wrote the wonder-
            ful principle he lived by: “Man should be called to account for all the
            permitted pleasures he failed during life to enjoy.”
               For my introduction to the 25  Anniversary Edition of Larry
            Townsend’s The Leatherman’s Handbook (1997), I wrote an homage:
               Chicago leather society, inspired by the Kris standard of mas-
               culinity, led the charge of the Leather Liberation Brigade.
               Renslow’s zeitgeist, with photo images and drawings and paint-
               ings by Dom Orejudos, was as pivotal to the creation of the
               American leather archetype as was the fine-art “cartooning” of
               Tom of Finland who was introduced to the United States by
               Bob Mizer via his LA-based Physique Pictorial magazine in 1957.

               Mizer began Athletic Model Guild (AMG) in LA in 1945 and Phy-
            sique Pictorial in LA in 1950. Renslow and Orejudos, having debuted
            Kris Studio in Chicago in 1950, published the small-format magazines
            Triumph (one issue in 1960) and Mars (1963). Tomorrow’s Man had rolled
            out in 1952. Together and separately, Mizer, and Renslow — supported by
            Orejudos, fought the 1960s laws against posting frontal nudity through
            the United States mail. They won, and thereby opened the gates for the
            creation of gay liberation, gay publishing, gay magazines, subscriptions,
            and gay mail order. Etienne was part of that social action, and he was

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