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Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer                477
                since 1969. I knew him “when”: before he met DeBlase. My first
                lover David Sparrow and I, and then Mark Hemry and I, were their
                friends. It saddens me to remember that as an eyewitness on the
                inside track at Drummer and at their home, I watched as their
                personal modesty turned to the same kind of prehensile hubris
                that infected John Embry.

                    In closing I ran into Rex last night who was about to return
                to San Francisco. I told him of my intended letter on the article
                that never happened. He said, “what did I expect from the laxi-
                dasical [sic] world of the porn publishing world.” Somehow,
                from you, Tony, or rather Master DeBlase, I did expect some-
                thing more.
                (Signed) Wally

                Acting as apologist for Drummer and DeBlase, I wrote to Wally Wal-
             lace on October 20, 1992:

                Dear Wally,

                    You’ve heard of all the changes at Drummer, I’m sure, since
                it’s been sold. Tony stays on [so I was told], which is good, because
                he’s a calming influence; Joseph Bean remains editor, which is also
                good. Now with a new publisher perhaps a solid new direction
                will pump some life into the magazine — life that was lacking
                mostly due to censorship. Drummer always gets picked on for
                things that aren’t Drummer’s fault. Once this presidential election
                is over — and decides things somewhat about what the gay media
                can expect [to print] — the pace of publishing will pick up.
                    As I mentioned to you [on the telephone], I have worked
                on your interview. . .and so it will happen, but not, of course,
                without your reading it and updating or changing whatever you
                like. That’s not just a courtesy to you for all the courtesy you
                showed me the day I drove from the country to the City to see
                you; it’s a courtesy and more. I want the interview to be accurate
                and to reflect how you want to see yourself presented in print.
                  So again, thank you, for meeting with me and for being so
                open and fresh in the stories you told and how you told them.
                History will be all the more exact for your testimony to the
                Golden Age of the Mineshaft.

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