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               December 8 and 9, 1978 (Friday and Saturday): Enger and I traveled
            to Oceanside, California, where he, standing at 5-7, stuffed his sculpted
            178 pounds into a two-ounce posing brief cantilevered with his best nine
            inches. He won “First Place” and “Best Poser” trophies at this, the first,
            physique contest he entered, the AAU Junior Mr. Ironman contest, judged
            by bodybuilder Rod Koontz, and produced by Roger Metz. The handsome
            AMG model and bodybuilder John Tristram, an LA friend of Enger’s, asked
            me how I felt during the loud cheering Enger received in the hall full of
            Marines from Camp Pendleton. “I feel,” I said, “like Jack Kennedy who
            quipped about himself: ‘I’m the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy
            to Paris.’”

               January 1979: Publication of Drummer 26. Having edited the 96-page
            issue, I contributed eleven pieces of my writing and twenty-eight of my pho-
            tographs. Among the major features I wrote were: “Grand National Rodeo
            Blues,” “High Performance: Sex without a Net,” “Astrologic,” “The Battered
            Lex Barker,” “CMC Carnival,” “Tough Customers,” “Tough Shit,” and, as a
            tribute obituary, “Harvey Milk and Gay Courage.”

               January 13, 1979 (Saturday): Jim Enger and I drove his maroon
            Corvette to the Mr. West Coast physique contest in San Jose where Enger
            won “Second Place” and the “Best Legs” trophy. I shot Super-8 film and
            35mm color transparencies.

               January 16, 1979 (Tuesday): Jim Enger and I joined gay film direc-
            tor Wakefield Poole and New York television producer Helen Whitney for
            supper to discuss Whitney’s San Francisco pre-production casting for her
            upcoming documentary Homosexuals which finally aired nationally on ABC
            Closeup (1982). The Oscar-nominated Whitney liked Enger’s look, because,
            I think, of his homomasculinity and wanted us to appear as a couple in her
            footage. In Some Dance to Remember, I based the character of the televi-
            sion producer “January Guggenheim” on the attractive Helen Whitney, a
            Woodrow Wilson scholar, who, of course, was nothing like the fictional
            January who made the fictional TV documentary, The New Homosexuals.

               January 18, 1979 (Thursday): Arrival in San Francisco of New Yorkers
            Elliot Siegal and his lover “John.” I had cast my frequent New York sex part-
            ner Elliot to be photographed by Mapplethorpe for the cover of Drummer
            24 (September 1978), and Mapplethorpe then shot Elliot and John together
            for several other of his photographs in his book Ten by Ten (1988). On this

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