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              “Le Sport des Matelots,” metal circle plate, etching, by Samuel Steward, signed and
              dated December 12, 1954. Gift from Samuel Steward to Jack Fritscher, 1970. More
              than just an intimate of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Sam Steward was an
              author of novels and short fiction as well as a fine artist who, in the 1950s and 1960s,
              wittily combined his love for art with his love for men and set up his own tattoo studio
              in Chicago and in Oakland. Editor in chief Jeanne Barney published two of his stories
              in Drummer 5 and Drummer 6. Used with permission and copyright by the Estate of
              Samuel Steward, administered by Michael Williams.


              Opposite page: The Drummer salon segued absolutely to the “Virtual Drummer” of
              Man2Man Quarterly in 1980 with the publication of the Phil Andros (Sam Steward)
              story, “This Is My Body.”  Ever-true Samuel Steward and Jack Fritscher met in 1969
              through the Catholic leather priest Jim Kane. Longtime pals Kane and Fritscher took
              a formative and fabled 1969 road trip by Harley-Davidson from Denver to Taos and
              Santa Fe. Riding together and writing together for editor Kane’s diocesan newspaper
              in the early 1970s, they developed roots for the gay press that emerged with Fritscher
              editing Drummer. In the first decade after Stonewall, Fritscher, with permission, edited
              the elderly Steward only enough to keep his nostalgic stories from seeming dated.

           ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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