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458                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               He also posted warnings about violence: “This summer has been one
            of the worst in terms of street crimes in the Village/Chelsea area.”
               He told the following anecdote, characteristic of Mineshaft culture,
            in Jack Fritscher Interviews Mineshaft Manager, Wally Wallace, March 28,

                   At one of our Mr. Mineshaft contests, one of the judges
               thinks he recognizes one of the contestants [Michael Garrison]
               as a man who seven years before had murdered the lover [Tom
               Strogen] of a mutual friend [Rob Kilgallen] to both the judge
               and me. So the judge tells me this during an intermission. The
               two of us go to our mutual friend out in the crowd and he con-
               firms this. [The contestant] had murdered the lover, had gone
               to trial, and three years later he was out of jail, and now, a few
               years later, was in the Mr. Mineshaft contest.

               On  another  existing  videotape  in Wally Wallace’s  collec-
            tion — authenticated by reporter Bob Bailey in New York’s Gay Newspaper
            Connection (June 11, 1985), the unsinkable Wally Wallace can be seen
            calling winner-killer Garrison back to the stage, disqualifying him, and
            humiliating him even as Garrison stands stripped to his contest costume
            of chains, jockstrap, and Muir leather cap. “This is a man,” Wally Wallace
            said, intoning the shunning to the crowd, “I never want to see again in the
            Mineshaft because he took home a man who is no longer alive.”
               Even so, males of every class, caste, and nationality felt safe and
            secure under the omnipresent Wally Wallace’s watchful eye, his clothing-
            check system, and his fire-safety regards.
               Wally Wallace: Our building was safe, but the sex definitely
                 wasn’t. AIDS was still in the unforeseeable future.
               Jack Fritscher: What was the dominant sexual activity at the
                 Mineshaft? It seemed, “Anything goes.”
               Wally Wallace: The most basic thing was cocksucking, then
                 fucking, then fisting, then other things. Oh, rimming. And
                 a lot of tit play. S&M. You know, you start at the top and go
                 to the bottom.
               Jack Fritscher: That’s gay sex to a T.

            Reminding me of an after-hours joint that closed in 1978, Wally Wallace
            differentiated his integrity from his competition: “The Toilet [an after-
            hours club] hired pickpockets who worked for the house.” He handed me
            an undated sheet from a Mineshaft Newsletter in which he wrote:

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