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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 13                       323

                lover and Gut Punchers co-star, “Gino Deddino,” had recently died
                from an overdose. Dan had come home to find his lover’s dead body
                moved around the apartment by “roommates” who stole what few
                belongings the two had not squandered in trade for drugs. Deeply
                depressed, Dan was soon fired as “hairdresser for the wigs” in the
                LA road show of Phantom of the Opera. He was a long way from his
                stardom at the Gay Games II when I had videotaped him posing
                fully oiled and nearly naked at high noon on the steps of City Hall
                while tourists walked around him staring and applauding. When I
                last kissed Dan goodbye, the gaunt physique winner was working
                part-time as a night porter at a West Hollywood motel and living in
                an abandoned store front, literally one step up from the sidewalk, at
                1057 N. Curson and Hollywood Blvd. With no family, and no one to
                notify, my sweet buddy sadly, simply disappeared...

                April 24, 1978 (Monday): The maniacal Zodiac Killer sent his twenty-
             first letter to the media warning San Francisco he was back to serial killing
             which affected gay safety and attitudes in bars whose doors opened to the
             lurking dark of cruisy streets South of Market. Several leathermen, such as
             my friend Tom Gloster, exited Folsom Street bars and were never seen alive
             again. At the same time, my friend, Larry Hunt, who posed famously in
             lace-up boots for Mapplethorpe, left an LA bar and disappeared until his
             jawbone was found in Griffith Park two years later.

                July 1978: Publication of Drummer 23. As editor-in-chief, I gathered
             and shaped the content of the 96-page issue, contributing twelve pieces
             of my own writing and twelve of my photographs. My writing included
             “Gay Pop Culture in Drummer,” “The Catacombs,” the poem “Redneck
             Biker,” “Astrologic,” Act Two of my play Corporal in Charge of Taking Care
             of Captain O’Malley, “Target Men: Target Studio,” and “Reviewing Straight
             Magazines,” as well as the start up of ongoing publication for my humor
             column “Tough Shit.”

                August 25, 1978 (Friday): On this date, my life changed forever,
             and I began actively inserting a personally experienced “Platonic Ideal of
             Homomasculinity “ into  Drummer. Having flown PSA to Hollywood-
             Burbank, I met Jim Enger through Dan Dufort who thought we, his two
             friends, were meant for each other. The Enger-Fritscher affair began imme-
             diately that day in August 1978 and lasted until January 1981, through
             almost the entirety of my editing Drummer.

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