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476                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
               the piety of the Almighty DRUMMER. . . .In truth you use, but
               certainly don’t know how to appreciate the people in the various
               regions who work damn hard to keep the name and publication
               of DRUMMER alive.
                   This has not been an easy letter to write. In fact on a per-
               sonal level it has been most difficult to write as I seem to remem-
               ber a cocktail party in my former home congratulating you on
               your acquisition of DRUMMER Magazine. Enough said.

                   Enough indeed. Wally Wallace apologized for speaking truth.
               Wallace had feted DeBlase in New York after the wealthy doc-
               tor Andrew Charles purchased  Drummer  for his lover De Blase
               on August 22, 198 6. In San Francisco, our longstanding salon
               around Drummer also welcomed Charles and DeBlase to Drum-
               mer. There was an especially wonderful and intimate supper for
               ten held in their honor on the Thursday before the Folsom Leather
               Weekend, September 25, 1986. We writers, photographers, and
               artists — including Rex — hoped for a restoration at Drummer after
               the botched ownership by first publisher John Embry.
                   It wasn’t long before new publisher DeBlase was believing
               his own press. The toy his lover had bought him brought him
               power, and power corrupts — at least, relatively. (The  Drummer
               mystique — and here’s the elephant in the room — was also a way
               for both Charles and DeBlase to get laid by leathermen who oth-
               erwise would not touch them for love or money.) Embry had used
               Drummer to fund real estate. DeBlase, even though married to
               the Charles fortune, used the energy and cash of Drummer the
               way Evita, even though married to Peron, funded her foundation
               and her Rainbow Tour. His interest was not in Drummer itself; he
               was using Drummer as a means to an end.
                   Owning  Drummer was like waving a gun: the sense of power
               made everyone look, and get out of the way.
                   Whatever insecurities or jealousy that DeBlase had felt in the
               1970s trying to break into the Chicago leather empire created by
               the legendary Chuck Renslow, he was out to prove something.
               He had issues. He had been the archetypal fat john standing in
               the Gold Coast leather bar knowing that every thirty pounds he
               was overweight took a half inch off his penis. By 1990, he was
               determined to return to Chicago as a player and a winner and a
               cult personality no one there could dismiss or exclude.
                   As  eyewitness  in his  April 2, 1992, letter, Wally Wallace
               insinuates the storyline of how DeBlase came to San Francisco,
               climbed his way to power, forgot who he was, fell from grace,
               and had to flee the City. I had been friends with Andy Charles

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