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            from LA, and three months after the March moment when the dying LA
            Drummer was dumped into my San Francisco lap.
               As the new editor-in-chief, I said nothing about “Robert Ripoff” or the
            gay travel scheme except crack a joke about Drummer readers becoming
            stranded in Europe. Of course, no one sent in a sou. In the zero degrees of
            gay separation, tour escort Bob Rose was also the handsome Colt model
            “Dave Gold” whom I later shot for the Palm Drive Video feature Dave
            Gold’s Gym Workout. My photographs of Dave Gold appear in Drummer
            117 and Drummer 204.



                   WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MARGE ANDERSON?

               John Embry: Marge Anderson was no stranger to gay journalism.
               Years ago she helped set up Data Boy in Southern California and did
               all its typesetting, She typeset Drummer as well when we were there,
               then moved up to San Francisco with us. Her only reaction to our
               purple prose was to tell me once that “typing this stuff makes me
               horny as hell and, dammit, there is nothing in the building except gay
               guys,” and she would laugh her hearty laugh. Her cooking was leg-
               end and we all tried to keep on her good side along about Christmas
               cookie time when they would deliver the ingredients by the truck-
               load. But Marge really never had any other side than a good one.
                   Then she moved to Alaska to be near her son and daughter.
               The news arrived just before our press time that during an opera-
               tion her great and generous heart finally gave out. The multitude of
               friends in the gay community will miss her along with her friends at
               Drummer. “—30—,” Marge. —Drummer 87 (1985), page 3



            DEBLASE AND CHARLES ENTRAPPED BY AIDS:
            “WE WERE FOOLS TO BUY DRUMMER”

            I witnessed DeBlase’s deep regret at having bought Drummer from salesman
            Embry who, with his keen sixth sense about censorship (tweaked by the
            LAPD), unloaded Drummer on the wealthy “innocents” from the Midwest,
            DeBlase and Charles: “...fool enough, as we were....”
               DeBlase’s bitterness was sharpened by the claustrophobia of the times
            as gay men were entrapped by AIDS. In 1981, the decade exploded with
            HIV, causing Drummer editorial policy to shift to safe sex and community


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