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504                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            Taking Care of Captain O’Malley (1978), an erotic drama by Jack Fritscher
            from a draft concept by David Hurles who has been the performance-
            art and photography studio “Old Reliable” since 1971; in Drummer 22
            (May 1978), “Cigar Sarge” by Jack Fritscher, collected and republished
            by Richard Labonté (with Fritscher’s “USMC Slap Captain”) as “Sexual
            Harassment in the Military: 2 Performance Pieces for 4 Actors in 3 Lovely
            Costumes” in Best Gay Erotica 1998; in Drummer 24 and Drummer 25,
            Ex-Cons: We Abuse Fags (1978), a one-man show by David Hurles (Old
            Reliable) and Jack Fritscher; in Drummer 25, “Horse Master,” an erotic
            performance piece by Jack Fritscher, plus an excerpt from Equus which
            upset playwright Peter Shaffer because publisher Embry did not respon-
            sibly follow through my advisement for him to secure written permission;
            and in Drummer 57, Delivery (1982), a play by C. D. Arnold.
               In addition to my friend and frequent collaborator, the screen direc-
            tor David Hurles, the Drummer salon had many theatrical links including
            my longtime intimate, Richard LeBlond (1924-2000), president of the
            San Francisco Ballet (1975-1987), who was so practically supportive of my
            “script” for Drummer that he provided the rope-and-harness photographs
            of the San Francisco Ballet that I requested and published with my “Bond-
            age” feature in Drummer 24 (September 1978). (Richard LeBlond is not
            Richard Labonté, my literary critic pal who was the guiding light among
            the founders of A Different Light bookstore which was the first 1970s
            venue to invite gay authors in to perform their works.)
               Complementing the Hollywood Halsted and the local LeBlond,
            New York stage-and-screen director Wakefield Poole, who had moved
            west — like Harvey Milk during the 1970s Manhattanization of San
            Francisco — was one of the most glamorous talents circling the Drummer
            salon from his swank studio and home on the Panhandle of Golden Gate
            Park where he and I co-produced at least one invitation-only salon cen-
            tered on the physique performance of my lover Jim Enger, the champion-
            ship bodybuilder whom Wakefield had gorgeously lit, after the manner of
            Caravaggio’s stark tenebrism, with his dramatic chiaroscuro film-studio
            lighting.
               Responding once to my concerns about publishing his photographs
            to his liking, Wakefield generously defined my role as editor in chief of the
            Drummer “script” saying, “You’re the director.” He and his partner Paul
            Hatlestad provided noble support because their tastes, films, theatrical
            photographs, and stage shows were so essentially homomasculine that
            they were a perfect fit for my conception of Drummer. I published a 35mm
            color-still from Wakefield’s feature,  The Bible (1974), on the cover of
            Drummer 27 (February 1979), and featured an inside spread of ten Poole
            photographs from the films Bijou (1972), Moving (1974), and Take One

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