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             pages” selling his sex toys mail order, and—in one variation—his “Leather
             Fraternity” sex ads at twenty-five cents a word. Jeanne Barney, sometimes
             using “ALL CAPS,” alleged to me in an email dated July 1, 2006, what is
             here quoted exactly, that

                in LA, Embry’s alter-ego, Robert Payne, was known as “Robert
                Ripoff” because of his reputation for NOT delivering on mail-order
                merchandise. (If you want to know about this practice, please ask.)
                I handled The “Leather Fraternity” long after I “fled” Drummer.
                There was NO CHARGE for Leather Fraternity ads. Here’s how
                it worked, and here’s what John did/did not do: A subscription to
                the magazine cost $35, which included a FREE Fraternity listing.
                An interested guy could send in $1 for an application/question-
                naire, which he could return with $35. Before I started handling
                The Fraternity, John would take out the $1 and never send the
                application. After I started handling The Fraternity, that was not a
                problem—but a much more serious one arose: the $35 would come
                in for the subscription—which John would then NOT FULFILL.
                To me, John would blame whoever in the office was responsible for
                subscriptions. To the people who’d been cheated out of their $35,
                John would blame me.

                Embry was aware of the awesome LA mail-order business model of Bob
             Mizer, a pioneer sex revolutionary, who had founded his Athletic Model
             Guild in 1945, and went on to shoot more than 10,000 models. Mizer had
             started his Hollywood photography business climbing inside the underpants
             of young ex-soldiers who at the end of World War II descended on the wild
             sex party that was LA. Mostly straight trade servicing rich and closeted
             johns and famous movie stars, they hustled nights in and out of Scotty
             Bowers’s Richfield gas station on Hollywood Boulevard at North Van Ness
             as lovingly detailed in Bowers’ autobiography, Full Service: My Adventures
             in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. They earned a few more
             bucks appearing afternoons in front of Mizer’s camera at his AMG Studio
             in his garage behind his home where he lived with his mother at 1834 West
             11  Street, and a few more by “going on location” to trick with select AMG
             clients who appreciated that Mizer had test-driven them on set.
                Mizer with the heart of a long-distance runner sold his AMG photo-
             graphs and his 3,000 8mm films through his Physique Pictorial magazine
             which he published to great success for forty-five years. In 1972, Embry took
             a gander at the throngs of young leather-inflected talent descending on LA

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