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             deleted my credit lines on my articles, but he failed to notice I outfoxed
             him by coding my “A Confidential Drummer Dossier” with my birth-date
             numbers published at the top of the feature.

                October 3, 1979 (Wednesday): I sent Robert Mapplethorpe a draft man-
             uscript for the book of entertainment we planned to do together: his pho-
             tos, my text—most of it from Drummer. Our proposed title was Rimshots:
             Inside the Fetish Factor. Originally conceived to be excerpted in text and
             photos in Drummer, it went unpublished, but can be synthesized insofar
             as it was very like a combination of the anthology, Corporal in Charge and
             Other [Drummer] Stories, fore-shortened, with fifty Mapplethorpe leather
             and S&M photos. Our original manuscript became part of the permanent
             Mapplethorpe Archive at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

                November 1979: Drummer 33—meant to be the November issue—was
             stopped because Embry, without my active input recruiting contributors and
             without my offering my own writing as “filler” he had come to rely on, did
             not have enough finished material in his files to fill it. Instead, November’s
             stalled issue merged into what materials he had for the December issue
             which, in combination, became the Christmas issue, Drummer 33. Faking
             it as Embry was, he was at the same time also trying to turn a fast buck by
             creating another special extra issue, insisting on ending 1979 with both a
             Christmas issue of Drummer as well as the special extra issue which I had
             titled Drummer Rides Again as a follow-up to my special extra issue Son of
             Drummer (September 1978). Deleting my completed and intended feature
             articles and fiction, Embry replaced my texts in Drummer Rides Again with
             the easy in-fill of drawings and photographs, many reprinted from earlier
             Drummer issues. What literary value and heat Drummer Rides Again had in
             text came from stories by T. R. Witomski, G. B. Misa (George Birimisa), and
             John Preston masked as “Jack Prescott.” What graphic bump it had came
             with the centerfold art by Bill Ward and the drawings by Cavelo, plus five
             photos by Mikal Bales for Zeus Studio captioned by my text with the byline
             removed, and with seventeen of my photos on six pages (pp. 45, 52-56) cred-
             ited by Embry not to me but to the more “anonymous” Sparrow Photography
             run by David Sparrow and me. Embry’s bootleg reprint of Mapplethorpe’s
             photograph of a tied cock and balls to illustrate his “In Passing” editorial did
             not, needless to say, make Robert and his attorney happy.

                November 6, 1979 (Tuesday): With the 1970s ending, I was actively
             considering how Drummer should develop in the 1980s. What imaginative

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