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                to Remember, Reel 1, Scene 10. Two muscle-sex scenes from
                Some Dance  were  excerpted  pre-book publication  in  Drummer
                124 (December 1988) with a review of the book by Paul Martin in
                Drummer 141 (August 1990).
                    Four months later at Christmas, 1978, Enger moved into my
                San Francisco home, ending his domestic relationship, but not his
                friendship, with Colt model, Clint Lockner. These men were objec-
                tive correlative of the kind of homomasculine beauty in my life in
                the 1970s. Clint Lockner was Chuck Romanski. One man: two hot
                names. Both sounded porno. In real life, Charles (Chuck) Romanski
                was the LAPD police officer who shocked the LAPD by appearing
                in photographs and films shot by Rip Colt aka Jim French for Colt
                Studio. The  thirty-five-year-old Romanski had served in both the
                Army and Marine Corps and at the time of the shoot had been an
                LAPD officer for eight years.
                    The handsome Romanski took gay popular culture by storm in
                magazine photographs and in the Super-8 Colt films we worshipers
                projected on the roll-down silent screens hanging in our bedrooms
                before the invention of the VCR. Rip Colt created the entire issue of
                Colt Men 7 (1980) to showcase Chuck on the cover and in the con-
                tents: including gun, nightstick, and boot fetish photos that became
                templates for Mapplethorpe who from the 1960s had cruised 42
                Street dirty book stalls to study leather photography in magazines
                for inspiration. In the zero degrees of Colt Men 7, Romanski inter-
                acted on several pages with Colt model Mickey Squires who was also
                my Palm Drive Video model. Colt/French also shot Enger privately.
                    Looking up from my bed of roses, I figured Drummer had come
                full circle from the LAPD “Slave Auction” arrest in 1976 to the retired
                LAPD officer and Colt icon, Romanski, in 1978.
                    Enger and Romanski were such an archetypal muscle-uniform
                “power couple” in 1970s LA that Tom of Finland, attracted by their
                high-profile beauty which seemed born out of his own homomas-
                culine Platonic Ideal, insisted on drawing them together in uniform.
                Tom’s Enger-Romanski drawing was very popular, appearing on the
                cover and on page 47 of Olympus, A Colt Studio Publication (1982);
                inside Drummer 79 (December 1984), page 10; in the book, Tom of
                Finland, Taschen, 1992, page 62; and on the cover of the German
                translation of the Samuel Steward aka Phil Andros novel The Boys
                in Blue, Bullenhochzeit (1994).
                    I arranged for another Drummer artist, Domino (Don Merrick),
                to  draw Jim Enger  in our  bedroom on March 26, 1979, and  for
                Mapplethorpe to photograph Enger in a condo near Twin Peaks on
                March 25, 1980. (See my Domino Video Gallery, Palm Drive Video,
                as well as the “Interview with Domino” by Shapiro and Fritscher in

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