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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 8                        195

             queeny Damron Guide finally homomasculinized its image when its presi-
             dent Gina Gata, chasing homomasculinity, announced on September 27,

                When we were looking for a new marketing twist and many of
                our hundreds of thousands of readers both online and with the
                guide asked for more a modern and masculine [italics added] look, I
                called my friend John Rutherford of Colt. We’ve already heard rave
                reviews from our solid stable of retailers, distributors, and the like
                on how much they love the new cover with Colt men Carlo Masi
                and Adam Champ. —Adult Video News,

                Trying for business synergy in 1980, and perhaps trying to triage
             Drummer fatiguing from the money sucked out of it by gouging printers and
             delinquent distributors, Embry leased the bar and famous swimming pool at
             11  and Folsom, across the intersection from Febe’s, to open “The Drummer
             Key Club” and his “Studstore.” This bar and pool had been the hot-mobbed
             after-hours sex club, the Covered Wagon, which had an official fire depart-
             ment capacity of 170 people and after midnight rented SRO space to 300-
             400 men. It had also been Allen Lowery’s Leatherneck Bar (Drummer 18),
             Dirty Sally’s, the Stables, and the Plunge (Drummer 29, page 72). See “Key
             Club Carpenters,” Drummer 41 (September 1980). The photo spread fea-
             tures “Robert Payne’s” camp dialog balloons as well as photographs by a
             variety of shutterbugs, including a photo lensed by Sparrow-Fritscher, and
             credited on page 44 to Sparrow, although we had given no permission to
             reprint this photo which—to correct Embry’s falsehood—was not shot in
             the Drummer Key Club as asserted, but was shot two years before in Embry’s
             former failed startup, The Quarters, in a basement South of Market. See
             Drummer 24 (September 1978) and Drummer Rides Again (1979).
                One thing I give Embry credit for is that while he owned Drummer
             and Alternate Publishing, he became a house-proud real-estate mogul in
             San Francisco and at the Russian River. One of my first conversations with
             Embry in 1977 was our mutual agreement that gays to protect ourselves
             from greedy landlords, should buy our own homes and studios. Later in life,
             Jeanne Barney often spoke of Embry bragging on about his adventures as
             a landlord buying, selling, and managing rental properties for thirty years
             while he was a publisher. During those three decades, every Christmas,
             Embry would return to LA to visit his family in Pomona and to lunch
             at the French Quarter on Santa Monica Boulevard with early Drummer
             pals  including Barney,  filmmakers  Terry LeGrand  and  Roger  Earl,  and

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