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             reflect readers’ actual lives was my basic concept that changed Drummer
             from Embry’s static LA “Stand and Model (S&M)” rag into a dynamic
             reader-reflexive jerk-off magazine where the wild sex that men were actu-
             ally inflicting on each other started in the head and worked its way down
             in hot column inches. Instead, that sacred scene of sexual purification and
             discipline through bondage and whipping at the Barracks fit appropriately
             into one of the historical reportage scenarios in Some Dance to Remember,
             Reel 2, Scene 11.

                November 20, 1979 (Tuesday): Jim Enger and I attended the victory
             dinner for Dianne Feinstein who a week earlier was elected mayor of San
             Francisco on her own merits having become mayor by a bullet a year earlier.
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             The Sunday before, I had stood on the northwest corner of 18  and Castro,
             in front of the Star Pharmacy, holding up a big blue “Feinstein for Mayor”
             poster, because not all gays liked her.

                November 28, 1979 (Wednesday): Drummer art director Al Shapiro
             (A. Jay) and I designed the letterhead and masthead for the new magazine
             I intended to publish with Mark Hemry, Man2Man Quarterly. A. Jay, who
             was also ankling his way fast out of Drummer because of money and copy-
             right issues about his cartoon strips, was listed on the Man2Man masthead
             beginning with the first issue which featured a gray impressionist photo-
             graph of Jim Enger on the cover.

                December 1979: Special Extra Issue, Drummer Rides Again. Having
             edited the entirety of this special issue, I watched the tempest-tossed Embry
             gut it. In order not to list me as editor, he went against all journalism prin-
             ciples and dropped everyone’s masthead credits, just as he had in the first
             issues of Drummer. In one line buried at the bottom of the credits page,
             he named “Robert Payne” as editor. In addition, cutting and pasting, he
             changed our long-planned features and fiction and substituted whatever
             was in the Drummer “archives.” Ultimately, my contributions surviving in
             the 64-page issue were one piece of writing and seventeen photographs, plus
             the production work behind the entire issue. The article was “Bound and
             Gagged: Zeus Studios”; and my “Sparrow Photography” images were shot
             at Embry’s “Quarters,” his failed attempt to start a commercial playroom in
             a basement South of Market to rival the 21  Street Catacombs. I also edited
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             and produced the two graphic features Embry included about the LA artist
             Cavelo and the San Francisco photographer Rink.




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