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             date, Siegal, who was the manager of the St. Mark’s Baths in Greenwich
             Village, came to San Francisco, from his apartment at 58 Charles Street,
             to play S&M games with friends I set him up with in the Drummer Salon
             through Sunday, January 28.


                January 27, 1979 (Saturday): Jim Enger and I drove again, this time by
             popular request, from my home in San Francisco to Oceanside, South of
             Los Angeles, where he was the featured guest poser for, again, an auditorium
             full of Marines. Even though in 1980 “our song” was Olivia Newton-John’s
             “Magic,” we had choreographed his posing routine to “The Love Theme
             from Superman.” We both got off on the hot fact, with no irony, of a hall full
             of straight and closeted Marines cheering on a masculine gay man wearing
             only a suntan-brown pair of nylon posing briefs and a big cock ring.

                February 1979: Publication of Drummer 27. While editing the 94-page
             issue, I contributed ten pieces of writing and four of my photographs.
             Among the features I wrote were: “Basic Plumbing Unplugged,” “Dirty
             Poole: Interview with Film Director Wakefield Poole,” “S&M: The Last
             Taboo, The Society of Janus,” film reviews of Movie Movie and Superman,
             “Tough Customers,” and “Tough Shit.”

                February 6, 1979 (Tuesday): Jim Enger’s father died unexpectedly.
             Embry’s Drummer venture, The Quarters, located in the half-basement of
             an old building South of Market, was broken into by us “leather vigilantes”
             forming our own gay search party for missing leatherman Tom Gloster.
             A week later, his bound body was discovered shot to death in notoriously
             redneck Tehama County, north of San Francisco, and his memorial service
             was February 17, 1979. I wrote about him in my editorial in Drummer 29
             (May 1979), and again in Some Dance to Remember.

                February 9, 1979 (Friday): Lab work and chest x-ray with San Francisco
             society doctor Fred Hudson for my cough. Doctor Hudson gave me gamma
             globulin shots every six weeks throughout the 1970s as protection, he said,
             against nightly exposure to disease. Was he the reason I never contracted
             HIV?

                February 20, 1979 (Tuesday): Lunch with Drummer circulation man-
             ager Bill Cushing and some of the Drummer Salon including Al Shapiro
             and Frank Hatfield who billed himself as a former bank robber and ex-con
             who served time at San Quentin. Hatfield ran Embry’s mail-order business


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