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            December 1978); ex-con rough trade (Drummer 24, September 1978); brown
            leather (Drummer 134, October 1989, centerfold); and the first writing on
            bears in Drummer (Drummer 119, July 1988; and again in Drummer 140,
            June 1990, including shooting the bear cover of that “Special Bear Issue”).
               4) “Leather  Verite” turning  Drummer  conceptually into an ongoing
            “Song of Myself” for leathermen by inviting grass-roots readers to submit
            selfies to make Drummer reflect an image of authentic leather as lived, not
            by professional leather models, but by the honest multitudes of common
            men defined in Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, a friend of Thoreau who
            gave Drummer its name; to ground Drummer as “reader reflexive,” I initi-
            ated my monthly column “Tough Customers” (Drummer 25, December
            1978) which celebrated personal selfies exhibited in the first decade men
            dared show their faces.
               5) “Daddies: Pivoting ‘Age’ from Ageism into Erotic Fetish,” by writing
            the first “Daddies” feature, originally titled “In Praise of Older Men”and
            announced in Drummer 24 (September 1978); withholding that article from
            Drummer, I re-titled the essay, “The Daddy Mystique,” for publication as the
            cover feature, In Touch #56, June 1981; emphasizing his seniority into the
            1970s youth culture, I introduced model Richard Locke, age thirty-seven,
            specifically as an “older man” (Drummer 24, September 1978), and person-
            ally secured Locke a contract for his autobiography, In the Heat of Passion:
            How to Have Hotter, Safer Sex (Leyland Publications aka Gay Sunshine
            Press; Fritscher letter to Winston Leyland, April 29, 1987).
               I wanted to uncloset a repulsion-attraction demiurge in gay culture:
            many gay men, both sissy and butch, remembered or fantasized they were
            somehow misunderstood or abused by their rugged blue-collar fathers.
            Sometimes shoved by a patricidal feminism, they fairly or unfairly demon-
            ized their straight dads who, despite the glib anti-patriarchal bias of gay cul-
            ture, were in “gender truth” the very essence of the masculine erotic author-
            ity gay men advertised for in Drummer personal ads searching for daddies.
            I wanted to “out” and validate that erotic desire within Freud’s and Jung’s
            “Father Complex” so that gay men did not have to go against their personal
            gender identity as masculine men who unapologetically prefer men mascu-
            line. Drummer eventually published three special issues of Drummer Daddies.
               Drummer had a cast of hundreds of talented contributors. Embry, thun-
            dering with the autocracy that publishers have over writers, artists, photog-
            raphers, and subscribers, was like “the old woman who lived in a shoe. She
            had so many children she didn’t know what to do.”
               Embry mistook original-recipe Drummer to be entertainment wrapped
            as bait on the hook of his money-spinning center-section, the “brochure

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