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               6, page 14] As for going to the bars to solicit attendees, I was with
               him and Mario [Simon] and, I believe, Val on at least one occasion
               when he hit the Stud, among other bars.

               Eyewitness Val Martin said:

               Everything was private, only for the Leather Fraternity, and people
               who were into leather. Everybody who came was on a private mail-
               ing list, by invitation....The whistle was blown by an undercover cop
               on the mailing list of [both] Drummer, [which was a commercial
               mailing list] and the Leather Fraternity [which was private]. —Olaf
               Odegaard, “Serving Two Masters, Or: The Great Slave Auction
               Bust: An Interview with Val Martin,” Connection, October 10-24,

               Embry was ambiguous in his sleight of hand. Did he or did he not
            decide in some hardon of hubris to allow this private fund-raiser to admit
            the public, and to charge admission—or was it a donation?—at the door?
               His was an ambiguity whose subtlety was lost on the flat-earth LAPD.
            Police Chief Davis did not like disobedient pansies, especially the insidious
            ones geared up like masculine men, thumbing their nose at the law. And, the
            political being personal, he did not like Embry, the perceived agitator with
            a printing press, in particular.
               Little did Embry know that his Slave Auction would turn into a high-
            profile photo op for his arch rival, the Christian crusader Davis, to feast
            upon. Davis knew Hollywood. Raiding a fabulous leather party on a Friday
            night had so much more dramatic appeal than a sad afternoon bust of a
            shabby little fag-mag office with a woman editor, an obese chain-smoking
            typesetter lady, and a nearsighted male paste-up artist.
               In LA, on a slow news night, the Hollywood headline of “Sex Slaves”
            seemed so much better with photos of the Beautiful People in handcuffs.
            Under arrest, the immortal Jeanne Barney in a black-and-white gown
            snapped at a cop questioning her gender: “Honey, if I were a drag queen,
            I’d have bigger tits.”
               In Drummer 4 (January 1976), Embry had foolishly cued sixty-five
            Keystone Cops when he wrote dangerous hints of under-age human sex-
            traffic in his “coming attractions” for the Slave Auction scheduled for
            Drummer 5: “See Val Martin parade tender young...,” Embry wrote, “...
            stuff for sale...,” Embry continued, “ the highest bidder.” He was practi-
            cally lip-synching Cole Porter’s “Love for Sale” with its lyric of “appetizing

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