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Jack Fritscher             Introduction                       11


             day back issues of Drummer would be displayed in glass cases at a library
             like this (the John Hay Library at Brown University)?”
                Or that Drummer would be represented in the permanent collections of
             many institutions including the John Hay, the Getty Museum and Research
             Center, the Kinsey Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
             the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society Museum, the Leslie-Lohman
             Museum in New York, the Leather Archives & Museum of Chicago, and
             the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern
             California.
                Or that  Drummer  would be featured fearlessly and prominently on
             screen as a driving cultural force in Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s
             award-winning HBO documentary,  Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
             (2016).


             HAIL AND FAREWELL

             The rise and fall of  Drummer happened during the best of times after
             Stonewall and the worst of times after the onslaught of AIDS.
                My writer-hero Jack Kennedy, for whom I campaigned and voted in
             1960, was president for only thirty-four months of accomplishment while I,
             as editor-in-chief for thirty-three months, just before the news of HIV, was
             also granted a once-in-a-lifetime gift to shape the monthly “leather commu-
             nity diary” that was Drummer during that exciting first decade of gay libera-
             tion when masculine gay men first uncloseted a sex-positive homomasculine
             identity before Anita Bryant’s fundamentalist culture war, and politically
             correct Marxism, and separatist feminism, and killer plague ripped at the
             human heart of gay society.



                “I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.”
                —Antonio Porchia, Argentinian poet, 1886-1968



                I like to think I authored some good writing of my own in Drummer,
             and more, that, as editor-in-chief, I encouraged and nurtured and published
             some of the next generation of beginning writers in that first decade of liber-
             ated neophytes learning the self-shaping words of self-identifying sex.
                I enjoy dancing to remember the authors, artists, and photographers
             who came to me with their first uncloseted work in their hopeful hands, and
             the looks on their faces when I accepted them for their first publication. I


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