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478                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
                   Enclosed are the photographs you left with me. I hate send-
               ing them through the mail [as he requested], but I’m packing
               them safely and sending them CERTIFIED etc to enhance the
               chance that the Post Office can actually deliver.
                   I hope you got that original Mapplethorpe framed — the
               one I pulled from your stack of photographs. It’s quite valuable.
                   As things take shape with the latest new Drummer, I’ll let
               you know the schedule and will send you the manuscript for
               your reading prior to publication.

               All the best,
               Jack Fritscher

               When DeBlase bought Drummer from its first publisher John Embry
            in 1986, hostilities broke into a blood feud almost instantly. When
            De Blase sold Drummer to its third publisher Martijn Bakker in 1992, a
            nasty business quarrel erupted within hours.
               Egos and cash done ’em all in.
               Martijn Bakker, the new owner of  Drummer, lived in Holland
            and quickly parted ways with DeBlase who, besides being a morbidly
            obese gourmet cook and cigar smoker, suddenly “suffered some kind of
            emotional collapse.” Escaping Bakker and Drummer and San Francisco,
            DeBlase fled to Oregon where, growing more eccentric, he edited his
            magazine DungeonMaster, which he sold to my longtime friend Harold
            Cox, publisher of Checkmate magazine. Guiding the Chicago LA&M
            from Oregon, DeBlase died of complications involving liver failure on
            July 21, 2000.
               Bakker’s amateur American editors Robert Davolt and Wickie
            Stamps, twisting Drummer to their own agenda, shunned the very idea
            of an interview about a long-gone sex club by “Wally who?”
               Even though I offered Davolt-Stamps some of the Mineshaft photos,
            I was told the interview was “too much text” for their taste! Their readers
            wanted pictures.
               Rex said, “What do you expect?”
               This snub by neo-gay culture pissed Wally Wallace off even more. He
            felt further justified in his bitterness toward the ignorant, young, history-
            free queers who took over in the 1990s after the generation who should
            have been running gay media had all suddenly died.
               An historian wanting to know how Drummer fizzled to its demise
            in 1999 need look only at the magazine’s failure of originality and vision
            during the entire 1990s. For instance, Drummer staff, Davolt and Stamps,
            missed the perfect journalistic “hook” to publish my Wally Wallace inter-

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