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             Manhattanization destroyed gay South of Market leather culture that gay men dubbed
             SoMa in 1977. On January 24, 2008, Seaman’s Hall, 350 Fremont Street, the hallowed
             site of the annual CMC Carnival and orgy, stood waiting for the wrecking ball in the
             shadow of the first new skyscrapers being built exactly where in the 1970s the A-Z List of
             leathermen made drop-dead entrances and exits on its terrazzo stairs. It was at the 1978
             CMC Carnival that the threesome of art director Al Shapiro, publisher John Embry, and
             editor in chief Jack Fritscher  personally handpicked Val Martin as the first Mr. Drummer.
             Referred to as “Seaman’s Hall” by the joking leather crowd, 350 Fremont was a Marine
             Labor Union building that in 1980 was bought by the Brotherhood of the Sea, Seafarers
             International Union, SIU AFL-CIO. At that time, the CMC Carnival had to leave 350
             Fremont. Photographs by Mark Hemry. ©Mark Hemry

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