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                March 20, 1979 (Tuesday): With Embry ill, I heard that my pal Ron
             Clute, who led a romantic double-life with a career in the Financial District
             and as a bartender at the Leatherneck and at the Black and Blue, had been
             killed by the drug PCP. Surrounded by our real life in the 1970s, I assessed
             some of the dangers of euphoric gay life and wrote my editorial “The Most
             Dangerous Game in the Whole Wide World” for Drummer 29 (May 1979),
             page 6. A photograph by Jim Stewart illustrated the obituary for Ron Clute,
             page 56. At the same time, health issues also figured into my 1979 story “Caro
             Ricardo” aka “Caro Roberto” which was a fictional telling of difficulties I
             was witnessing in the style of “dirty gay sex” as practiced by many leather-
             men like Mapplethorpe. Eventually Robert and I split amicably because of
             my “Irish hypochondria.” I like things clean. A year earlier, in Drummer 21
             (March 1978), well aware of the shocking gay men’s health crisis, I had inau-
             gurated my cautionary column “Dr. Dick, Drummer Goes to the Doctor”
             with the essay “PCP: Short Cut to Suicide,” p. 77. I wrote my monthly col-
             umns based on my telephone interviews with Dr. Richard Hamilton.


                March 21, 1979 (Wednesday): I visited Embry in hospital and brought
             him a goldfish in a small bowl for an amusement. Later at my house, the
             180-pound David Sparrow (divorced a total of four days, and high) entered
             and threw the 150-pound me to the floor, throwing water on my manu-
             scripts, shouting about my not being able to make Embry pay him, as well
             as about my affairs with Enger and Mapplethorpe.

                March 24, 1979 (Saturday): Enger and I, with others from the Drummer
             Salon, attended the opening for the artist Domino hosted by Robert Opel
             and Camille O’Grady at Fey-Way Studio.

                March 26, 1979 (Monday): I set up my bedroom so that Jim Enger, who
             had posed for Tom of Finland, could pose seated on a chair for the artist
             Domino during the afternoon to create a drawing that became iconic Domino.

                April 1979: Publication of Drummer 28. Editing the 80-page issue, I
             contributed six pieces of writing and ten of my photographs. Among my
             features were the poem “Wet Stough,” “Bare-Ass Wrestling,” the review of
             The Deer Hunter, “Tough Customers,” and “Tough Shit.”

                April 8, 1979 (Thursday): On the phone, I talked to Embry who was
             feeling better. He told me details of his colostomy which he hoped was
             temporary.


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