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12       Gay Pioneers: How Drummer Shaped Gay Popular Culture 1965-1999

            thank them all as much as I thank the readers who sent so many wonderful
            letters to the editor.
               Because history is Rashomon in its many points of view, I’ve written three
            books around the richly diverse Drummer experience including this one,
            plus Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer, and Some Dance to Remember:
            A Memoir-Novel of San Francisco 1970-1982.
               Oh! Allegedly. I must mention allegedly.
               In the vertigo of memory, I wrote these eyewitness objective notes and
            subjective opinions about all these public personalities, and the public lives
            they led, allegedly, because in my finite limits I can only analyze events,
            manuscripts, and how we people all seemed when we were thrown together,
            and not the true hearts of persons.
               In a sense, writing Drummer’s institutional history keeps these 20th-
            century gay pioneers and players alive in a kind of group eulogy. As a survi-
            vor of the Titanic 1970s, I enjoy sharing my own nostalgia for that golden
            age of gay sex and Drummer. While nothing compares to Proust nibbling
            on his madeleine, I love the smell of old magazines.
               It’s too sentimental, but, sometimes at night, sitting by the fire, nearing
            eighty, I love the feel of Drummer in my hands while leafing through the
            stories and articles and photographs of how we were when we were creating
            the way we were before things fell apart.
               What heroes. What villains. What fun.
               I adore Jeanne Barney.
               I cherish Tony DeBlase.
               I’d still shake John Embry’s hand.
               On his eightieth birthday in 2010, I sent him roses.

               Jack Fritscher
               San Francisco

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               The thoughts and opinions expressed and alleged in this book are those
            of the individual contributors alone and do not necessarily reflect my views
            any more than my own alleged opinions and allegations reflect theirs. To all
            of them, especially the one and only Jeanne Barney, founding Los Angeles
            editor-in-chief of Drummer, I remain forever grateful.

               ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—post: 03-14-17
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