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               July 24, 1979 (Tuesday): Seeing Drummer in hysterical turmoil, and
            figuring Drummer could go out of business, I did not want our exciting
            new gay publishing world to lose its foothold because of Embry’s malfea-
            sance. On this date I filed a “Fictitious Business Name Statement” with
            the County Clerk, San Francisco, for my alternative to Drummer which I
            named Man2Man Quarterly. I followed the example of Drummer art direc-
            tor Al Shapiro who had filed his own “Fictitious Business” statement for his
            “Powerhouse Productions” on May 25, 1978. On November 28, 1979: Al
            Shapiro’s name appeared on the masthead of Man2Man as the hyphenated
            “man-aging editor.”

               July 25, 1979 (Monday): Before and after lunch with Leonard Matlovich,
            I spent most of day talking to Golden Gate Distributors because Drummer,
            with its “porn” content in the new and escalating right-wing culture war
            started by Anita Bryant, could not find a cheap, liberal printer for the next
            issue. Making occasional deals with Bay Area printers of religious magazines
            eager for a quick buck, Embry often got Drummer printed after midnight by
            Christian hypocrites whose presses were otherwise silent from dusk to dawn.

               August 1979: No Drummer issue released because of Embry’s absence
            and censorship problems with the printer. With lead-times slipping, Al
            Shapiro and I continued our talent search for contirbutors while planning
            the contents and layout of the next two or three issues refining the new
            grass-roots point-of-view of Drummer.

               August 3, 1979 (Friday): I asked Embry to pay me nearly $4000 in
            back pay and fees. I also asked him to pay my former lover, David Sparrow,
            $2000 for the photographs David and I shot partnered together as “Sparrow
            Photography” on film stock I had purchased and processed with my cash,
            not Drummer cash. When Embry exploded about the money and his illness
            and the difficulties with printers and censors as well as with the LA judge
            and lawyers still screwing him over the Slave Auction, I gave him notice
            that he could pay me and David, or I would be leaving Drummer, effective
            on or before December 31. I would no longer be his editor-in-chief. I would
            no longer contribute my writing and photography. I did not want to strand
            an ailing man or mess up Drummer. So I gave him ample lead time to pre-
            pare for my exit. In the next weeks, I gave him all my edited materials and,
            because I was a cockeyed optimist, some of my future writing and photos to
            be published up through Drummer 33, which was to be my last issue created
            as editor-in-chief. During the stretch from August to Christmas 1979 and

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