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                                    Gifting


                 Written September-October 1977, this feature essay was
                 published in Drummer 19, December 1977.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written December 14, 2003
                 II.  The feature essay as published in Drummer 19,
                    December 1977
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations


             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                December 14, 2003

             As a writer who is a stylist, I tried to make even Drummer’s editorial
             advertising amusing through wordplay. Historically this “Gifting” piece
             is as much clock as calendar. It marks the first mention in Drummer of
             some leather heritage artists, such as Bob Mizer offering Harry Bush at
             Athletic Model Guild, David Hurles offering audio tapes years before he
             began to create video tapes at Old Reliable Studio (1981), and the Wiz-
             ard’s Emerald City, one of the first gay businesses to widen its way out of
             the Castro to an Upper Market Street location near Van Ness.
                The uncredited model for the Accu-Jac device is the porn star Jack
             Wrangler. He finally took his pump, and exited gay culture to marry the
             legendary 1940s Big Band singer, Margaret Whiting, who, when Wran-
             gler protested (as did we all) that he was gay, told him, “But only around
             the edges, dear.”
                The model “Tom” was a popular hot man in San Francisco whose
             name, as written in my sex Rolodex of friends, was “Leonard Sylvestri.”
             He also appeared as “Tom” in the David Warner photo layout, “Construc-
             tion Workers,” which included “Richard Moore” who wrote the photo
             captions in Drummer 18 (August 1977), page 21.
                In the 1970s, I knew “Richard Moore” as “John Adams,” but he
             was also known as “Ivan” and “Olaf.” He was a man-about-town who
             shaved his balding head and nearly always wore a curly wig. Sometimes
             he costumed himself as a silvery, glittering, and nearly nude “Mercury on
             Roller Skates” for the gay parade and for street fairs.
                (The  two  David  Warner  “lumberjack”  photographs of  “Richard
             Moore” appeared in Drummer 18, page 20; “Richard Moore’s” text for
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