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             magazine, Born to Raise Hell (1975), a Drummer Publication of stills from
             the film directed by Roger Earl and produced by Terry LeGrand.
                In the zero degrees of separation, Mark Hemry and I, traveling on
             location in Europe with Roger Earl and Terry LeGrand, spent the summer
             of 1989, the last summer of West Berlin, shooting — up against the Berlin
             Wall in leather bars like the Knast — six video features for their Bound
             for Europe series which was the sequel to their Dungeons of Europe Trilogy.
             In LA, Val Martin was a business partner with my pal, Dick Saunders,
             owner of the throbbing Probe disco chronicled in the Richard Gere film,
             American Gigolo (1980). Val Martin died April 13, 1985.
                In 1978 when Al Shapiro, John Embry, and I handpicked Val Mar-
             tin, he became, by our appointment and not by contest, our first Mr.
             Drummer. For details of Val Martin featured on four Drummer covers
             and in many centerfolds, including my forty photographs of Val Martin
             with Bob Hyslop in Drummer 31 (September 1979), see in this Gay San
             Francisco series, the volume titled The Drummer Salon.
                In my 1977 and 1978 articles on the CMC, I did not detail the
             Fellini-Jarman-Pasolini sexual mise en scene of the “Louis XIV” Carnival,
             because back in the 1970s everyone took the wild accessibility of surreal
             sex in public places for granted. The news story was not the “wet, escalat-
             ing group-sex-on-drugs,” but the hard-knock realism that the straight
             corporate world was getting its fingers into the underground gay world
             that up till then had been so outlaw that corporations had no way of mak-
             ing money off it. (Except for the Mafia.) Having dismissed and ignored
             the CMC Carnival as a silly gay event, suddenly the Seaman’s Hall man-
             agement, and the City of San Francisco, both woke up and began to
             increase the rental rate for the building and demand insurance coverage
             for the sex event. Insurance coverage was one of the reasons that our
             Pacific Drill Patrol, San Francisco’s first uniform club (founded 1972),
             stopped throwing our annual uniform orgy parties as early as 1975. The
             concern about the orgy being fun turned into worry about assumption of
             risk: “What if somebody falls down the elevator shaft?”
                 I am connecting historical dots of real conversations.
                The demise of the CMC Carnival evolved into the Folsom Street
             Fair. However, it was not until five years after the annual CMC Carnival
             went out of business in 1979 that the Folsom Street Fair began in 1984.
             That first Folsom Fair was organized by native San Franciscan, leather-
             man Michael S. Valerio, who was also the Folsom Fair’s first executive
             director. Valerio died of AIDS at age forty; his memorial was January 15,
             1995; and his obituary was in Drummer 182.
                Entering into gay pop culture where the CMC left off, the Folsom
             Street Fair, meant to be a leather alternative to the ten-year-old vanilla

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