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            Editors’s Note:

                                   ROGUES’ GALLERY:
                       Photos of Some Editors and Publishers in Drummer
                            and a Gay Defense of Sowing Wild Oats


                   As a sidebar, here’s a brief list of photographs of the pioneer cast
               of characters who created Drummer: An LA photo of John Rowberry
               appeared with his poem, “White Death,” in Drummer 5, page 36. There
               is another leather-cult photograph of Rowberry crawling up stair steps
               wearing a dog collar at the end of a leash. It was given to Fritscher in
               1983 by Al Shapiro, and was published in Fritscher’s Gay San Francisco:
               Eyewitness Drummer (2008).
                   There are two great photos of Jeanne Barney: Robert Opel’s shot in
               Drummer 9, page 7; and in a mini-dress at the Hawks’ 1976 Leather Sabbat
               where Rob Clayton photographed her receiving the Hawks Humanitarian
               of the Year Award in Drummer 11, page 25.
                   Gene Weber took the photo of a just-becoming-editor Fritscher that
               appeared in Drummer 17, July 1977, page 11 top, along with, in the same
               issue, Weber photos of Society of Janus leather priest, Jim Kane, with Ike
               Barnes, page 9. Weber also pictured Fritscher in his scuba photos of fisting
               underwater in Drummer 20, page 17, and Drummer 25, page 91. A second
               photo, a set piece shot by David Sparrow, shows Fritscher in a jockstrap
               at the CMC Carnival in Drummer 20, page 76, because editor-in-chief
               Fritscher, pressed by the necessity of invention, anticipated on location
               how his CMC photo layout should look in the next issue, and acted out
               what other leather players were still reticent to do in public on camera at
               that time. This ad hoc “improvisation on location” is similar to the photos
               of Fritscher, after the model did not show, in “Bondage” in Drummer 24,
               pages 17, 18, 20. A photograph of Fritscher appeared in Embry’s Tenth
               Anniversary Issue, Drummer 85, page 85, with Fritscher’s text, “Smut Is
               Where You Find It,” page 86.
                   Fritscher  published  one  of  B.  Moritz’s  several  photographs  of  the
               naked streaker Robert Opel confronting LAPD Chief Ed Davis in the
               Harvey Milk obituary issue of Drummer 26 in January 1979. The Moritz
               photo appeared previously with a second, even more dramatic, Moritz
               photo of Opel’s lovely body striding though the crowd toward Chief
               Davis in Fred Halsted’s Package 6, pages 22-23, January 1977. LAPD
               Police Chief Ed Davis also appeared in Drummer 6, page 13.
                   In a casual photo, Embry appears with his face turned ninety degrees
               away from the camera in Drummer 25, December 1978, page 91. “Why
               did he turn?” Fritscher asked. “Was it his 1950s reflex of self-defense
               against being photographed at a gay event? Was it the LAPD arrest? Why

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