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                On August 22, 1968, leather priest Jim Kane indicated the internal
             workings of how “The Questionnaire” was a leather folk document built by
             many, just like Drummer itself would be. He wrote to me:

                Jack, boy— ...I just finished my contributions to the sixth and final
                (for the present) edition of that Questionnaire you may have seen
                at Ed’s [Ed Tarlton, leatherman, Chicago]. An ambivalent friend of
                mine [a slave], late of LA [where he got his draft from Townsend]
                and now in Houston, is doing most of the work. Let me know if
                you’re interested, and I’ll try to send along a copy in a few weeks.
                —Cheers, Lord Jim

                On September 23, 1968, Jim Kane wrote:

                Midnight, Monday. Jack, boy— ...the other author [one of many
                claimants] of the Questionnaire was in for four days last week.
                Found a lone pine standing in the center of a small grove up the
                hidden valley. Nice scene.... —Lord Jim

                On February 2, 1971, with my Popular Witchcraft book at the printers,
             Jim Kane complained about his edit of “The Questionnaire” being ripped
             off by a gay mail-order company in LA:

                DearJackandave [sic; David Sparrow]— ...I’ve got a grudge against
                the Inter-House Introduction Service in LA [a forerunner of
                Embry’s “Leather Fraternity” hook-up scheme] because they swiped
                and degraded the Questionnaire form. —Jim

                The chorus of authorial claimants was a group grope in the zero degrees
             of leather incest. If future Drummer columnist, Larry Townsend, did not
             compose the first edition of “The Questionnaire,” he certainly knew its
             quintessential value for his reader-reflexive book, as I did for Drummer.
                Obsessed in 1970 with mass-market mail-order, Embry was keenly
             aware that Townsend was selling his own leather S&M books which he
             wrote and published as LT Publishing. Embry’s twin, “Robert Payne,” was
             also penning fiction to sell via mail-order. What he needed was to invent
             a magazine to wrap as alluring disguise around his mail-order brochure.
             Embry and Townsend, both physically huge opera queens, hated each other
             with the grand passion of frenemy divas who can kill with an air kiss. Larry
             Townsend told me on October 10, 2006:

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