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444                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.


               Samuel
               Steward
              in his 20s
                in the
                1930s





















              The 1966 $tud
             book jacket was
            drawn by Etienne
                referencing
              Chuck Arnett’s
             Tool Box Mural.
            What happened in Bilignin did not stay in Bilignin. In 1969, the diligent leather priest Jim
            Kane introduced Jack Fritscher and the elegant Sam Steward (1909-1993) into a mutual-
            admiration friendship. In 1974, forestalling the demise of the frail sixty-five-year-old Stew-
            ard who fanned himself gallantly feigning eighty, historian Fritscher received a grant to
            record the oral history of the author, tattooist, and longtime confidant of Gertrude Stein
            and Alice B. Toklas for the documentary, My Shy Bashful Sammy: A Literary Biography—65
            Years in the 20  Century. Steward, whom Fritscher lightly edited and published in Drum-
                     th
            mer and Man2Man, autographed many of his books to Fritscher whose Some Dance to
            Remember (1990) he called “possibly the great gay American novel.” On June 6, 1978, a
            playful Steward wrote on the first page of the first edition of his priceless 1966 hardcover
            $tud: “Pour Jack Fritscher—co-travailleur dons le vignoble, en souvenir d’une nuit memo-
            rable a Cap d’Antibes. —Tou amant fidele, Phil Andros. [For Jack Fritscher—co-worker
            in the vineyard, a souvenir of a memorable night at Cap d’Antibes—Your faithful lover,
            Phil Andros].” In 1984, Steward penned on the cover page of his Different Strokes: “For
            Jack Fritscher—He knows more different strokes than I ever did. —Phil Andros aka Sam
            Steward.” In the zero degrees of separation, Tom of Finland’s drawing of Fritscher’s lover
            Jim Enger with Clint Lockner was published on the cover of Sam’s Bullenhochzeit, the Ger-
            man translation of his novel The Boys in Blue (1984). It was Sam Steward, intimate of the
            Alfred Kinsey “salon” and the Stein-Toklas salon, who coined what he called “the moniker”
            for Fritscher’s “Drummer salon.” Photograph and dedications used with permission and
            copyright by the Estate of Samuel Steward, administered by Michael Williams. Cover used
            with permission of Chuck Renslow and the Leather Archives & Museum.
          ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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