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                of gay paseo around the intersection. When that photo was turned
                into a postcard sold at shops on Castro, Enger politely confronted
                our appropriation by the photographer, but, of course, we were a
                public couple lensed in public. So we were fair game. Nevertheless,
                Enger charmed the photographer into withdrawing the card.
                    I photographed  Enger  dozens of sessions in stills and  color
                Super-8 films, at home, alone in popular gyms after midnight, at his
                physique contests, and most beautifully out on the rugged rocky top
                of Corona Heights overlooking all of San Francisco and Castro in par-
                ticular. (Corona Heights is romanticized as the gay Wuthering Heights
                in Some Dance to Remember, Reel 5, Scene 13.) Enger, as a public
                personality on the streets and on the bodybuilding stages, where his
                abs had a terrific ripple effect, gladly supported and appeared on
                the cover of my first issue of Man2Man Quarterly (January 1980),
                as well as in the article that I wrote about him, “Jim Enger: On the
                Way Up,” in the straight physique magazine,  Dan Lurie’s Muscle
                Training Illustrated, Number 80, December 1979; also in Iron Man,
                July 1979, page 42.
                    I must clarify to anyone inserting autobiography into my fiction,
                that the character of Kick Sorenson in Some Dance to Remember,
                even as excerpted in Drummer 124, pages 20-25, and “Bodybuilding”
                (Drummer 124, pages 7-9), is not based on Enger. Although beau-
                tiful, he did not have what Sam Steward wrote in Chapters from
                an Autobiography, “the disease of beauty, which in its progression
                rots the soul and destroys the will.” Enger’s playful modus operandi
                was nothing like the diseased beauty of Kick Sorenson. However,
                our experience together in competitive bodybuilding allowed him to
                win trophies and me to write the insider psycho-erotic observations
                made in Some Dance. In Les Liaisons Dangereuse and La Ronde
                around Drummer, I always tried, as a gentleman in the sexually liber-
                ated 1970s, to make my fictitious writing be dynamically fueled by
                real-life sex, and to remain friends with the many lovers and tricks
                who inspired that writing, and to whom I remain forever grateful.
                    For instance, in remaining friends with Lockner/Romanski, I
                wrote on August 12, 1979, while I was editor-in-chief of Drummer,
                a feature article reviewing Romanski’s leathersex-uniform act with
                Dan Pace (legally, Daniel Pacella) who, as a Zeus Studio model,
                was the centerfold of my Drummer 27 (February 1979). That sum-
                mer, “Lockner and Pace” toured, performing for one-hand-clapping
                audiences in sold-out porn theaters nationwide, beginning in Alex
                de Renzy’s Screening Room theater at 220  Jones Street in San
                Francisco. Because  I was exiting  Drummer, Embry dropped  my
                review, “In These  Last  Days of the  American Empire: Dan Pace
                & Clint Lockner Together.” It was quickly published as part of my

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