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             shirtless and in shorts on the strand while in San Francisco David Sparrow
             began his final move out of my house.


                April 30, 1979 (Monday): Jim Enger and I traveled on to the Muscle
             Beach outdoor iron pit in Venice, and then to the Nichols Canyon Road
             home he built with Chuck Romanski, the Colt model Clint Lockner, who
             greeted us with his new lover, the model and bodybuilder, Dan Pace about
             whom I wrote several times for pictorials in Drummer. “Dreams do come
             true,” I wrote in my Journal. “ Me with three bodybuilders shot by Colt.”
             Discretion draws the shades.


                May 1979: Publication of Drummer 29. While editing the 80-page issue,
             I contributed nine pieces of my writing and three of my photographs, and
             published “Chapter One” of my edit and serialization of John Preston’s Mr.
             Benson. Among the features I wrote were “Cruising: The Most Dangerous
             Game,” “Drawings by Domino,” the poem “Foot Loose,” “Noodles Romanoff
             and the Golden Gloves,” “On Target: The New American Masculinity,”
             “Tough Customers,” and “Tough Shit.”

                May 7, 1979 (Monday): David Sparrow and I dined out for supper to
             celebrate his thirty-third birthday, and despite our divorce had each other
             for dessert. Our sex was always hot, but his drug and alcohol addictions got
             in the way of any kind of sustainable domestic life.

                May 12, 1979 (Saturday): On Castro Street, a riot broke out, caused by
             tensions in the on-going trial of assassin Dan White.

                May 16, 1979 (Wednesday): David Sparrow invited me to lunch. “Don’t
             you ever,” he said, “speak to me again.” And he waved before me the settle-
             ment he received that morning in his court case ending the matter of his
             motorcycle accident: $3,186.00. He told me I could keep all our camera
             equipment (which I had bought) and shove it. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. That eve-
             ning I kept my dinner date with the gay author and photographer John
             Trojanski whom I had hired on my writing staff at Kaiser Engineers and
             whom I convinced to write several articles for Drummer including “The
             Whip Creaming of Cincinnati” because we both had Catholic seminary
             experience in common.

                May 20, 1979 (Sunday): I shot 35mm photos of Val Martin and Bob
             Hyslop for my upcoming Drummer 31 (September 1979) on location at Ed


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