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               “Virtual  Drummer” collection in the  premiere  issue  of  Skinflicks,
               Volume 1, Number 1, January 1980.
                   In November 1979, Daniel D. Pacella, who had also starred in
               the Gage Brothers’ LA Tool and Die, wrote from his Orange Drive
               address in LA:

                   Jack, A thousand thanks from Chuck and me for your...
                   review. We loved it. We enjoyed it. We even got off on it....We
                   were glad you wrote about our effort as more than just a sex
                   show....Sorry to hear there’s so much trouble at Drummer,
                   but use the photos included with the review wherever you
                   get this published....We look forward to sharing once again
                   with you a joint and a jug of wine.
                   —Dan & Chuck

                   With aching nostalgia for the 1970s, I recall, like Chaucer’s vig-
               orous Wife of Bath joyously counting her grand slams, that while I
               was editing Drummer,
               •   the Enger-Fritscher affair ran (September 1978-January 1981)
                   parallel with
               •   the Mapplethorpe-Fritscher affair (Halloween 1977-Spring
                   1980) which ran parallax to
               •   the Sparrow-Fritscher gay marriage (1969-1979) running in
                   step with
               •   the Tavarossi-Fritscher affair (1971-1981), and coincidental
               •   the Hemry-Fritscher union beginning May 22, 1979, and con-
                   tinuing to the present.

                   Like all of us in that Titanic decade, I lived the 1970s to the hilt,
               but I did have some limits.
                   When the drop-dead handsome Romanski, who had the big-
               gest cock in porn, but not as big as Enger’s, wined and dined and
               courted me, and played the piano (which he did beautifully), I politely
               declined his gorgeous advances because it seemed incestuous to
               ball my hairy blond lover’s ex who seemed overly curious about what
               he had heard my conjure-energy was like sexually. My refusal in the
               free love of the 1970s was probably foolish, because Enger joked,
               “You don’t know what you missed.”
                   Maybe I do: Chuck Romanski died of AIDS June 17, 1993.
                   During that same summer, in August, 1993, I saw Dan Dufort
               for the last time when the hills around LA were on fire, and security
               for the visiting Nelson Mandela had slowed all traffic to a crawl. He
               was desperate: his mother had died some months before, and his

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