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               Autumn 1978: Panic over the Zodiac Killer became specific as another
            serial killer stalked gay men on Folsom Street until bartender David Likens,
            not the Zodiac Killer, was charged with the alleged mutilation murder of
            three men, including my friend Tom Gloster. Separately abducted, the gay
            men’s bodies were discovered along roadsides north of the Golden Gate
            Bridge. See February 6, 1979, entry below. See also the sibling to Drummer,
            The Alternate 8 (January 1979), as well as my editorial, “Cruising: The Most
            Dangerous Game in the Whole Wide World,” in Drummer 29 (May 1979).
            Eros and death in specific relation to Tom Gloster is narrated in Some Dance
            to Remember, Reel 4, Scene 2.


               September 1978: Publication of  Drummer  24, “The Mapplethorpe
            Cover.” While editing the 94-page issue, I contributed nine pieces of my
            writing and forty-nine of my photographs. Among the features I wrote were:
            “Authentic Men,” “Bondage Interview,” “Castro Street Blues,” “Part One, In
            Hot Blood: Ex-Cons: We Abuse Fags,” “The Quarters,” “Farewell to Larry’s
            Bar,” and “Tough Shit.” The coup for the million-dollar cover of Drummer
            24 was that I was able to give the not-yet-famous Robert Mapplethorpe his
            first magazine cover.


               September 15, 1978 (Friday): Publication of Son of Drummer, a special
            Drummer publication. For my 64-page Son of Drummer, I edited what I
            thought of as my “New York Art” issue. Featuring my first writing about
            Robert Mapplethorpe, which was his first coverage in the gay press, I con-
            tributed eight pieces of my writing and forty-three of my photographs.
            Among my features were: the illustrated “Robert Mapplethorpe Gallery
            (Censored),” “Arab Death,” “Turkish Delight (Wrestling),” “The New York
            Artist Rex Revisited,” the poem “Chico Is the Man,” and the serialized first
            chapter of my novel I Am Curious (Leather) aka Leather Blues. My photo-
            graphic essays were “Ass-Sets,” “Filmstrips: Candle Power,” and “Filmstrips:
            Rude Rubbers.”

               November 18, 1978 (Saturday): While Embry’s onset pains of cancer
            upset happiness at Drummer, San Francisco, suffering its own urban ner-
            vous breakdown, was a tumult of political upheaval and danger. People’s
            Temple guru Jim Jones, active in city government since 1971 and supported
            by Harvey Milk and George Moscone, shocked San Franciscans and the
            world with the mass suicide of nearly 1,000 people in Jonestown, Guyana,
            the largest death toll of American civilians in a single disaster before 9/11.
            Also killed by Jones on their fact-finding expedition were five of his political


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