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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 14                       357

             and doppelganger, Sam Steward, as verified by Joseph Bean in Drummer
             153 (March 1992), had retired his “Phil Andros” character from his books
             so as not to encourage unsafe sex. Embry, who was so instantly envious of
             Man2Man that he immediately began tagging the Drummer “Personals” ads
             as “Man to Man,” nearly died when Mark Hemry and I ended Man2Man
             by doing an  unheard-of thing  in lesbigay publishing: we  calculated  the
             amount remaining in each subscription and sent out complete refund checks
             to all subscribers. Jim Stewart (M. J. Stewart-Addison), owner of Fetters in
             London wrote on March 19, 1982:

                Dear Jack,...Sorry to hear Man2Man has come to an end. It will
                certainly become a Collectors Item. Congratulations on keeping
                up the standard and the output so consistently. Please thank Mark
                Hemry for the very “together” letter which reached me last week.
                I’m sure readers of Man2Man will appreciate the refund and be
                amazed that in gay publishing a magazine has ended on such a
                businesslike level. All my very good wishes. Congratulations on 8
                issues of M2M. —Jim


             In recalling Rowberry, I wish to take nothing away from his true contribu-
             tions to Drummer, because, as I did with Lou Thomas and Al Shapiro and
             Bob Johnson, Rowberry and I both later worked cordially enough together,
             in  separate  locations, away  from  Drummer  and from Embry. We  both
             worked as freelancers in San Francisco producing several new magazines
             for George Mavety at Modernismo Publications: I as a writer beginning in
             1979, and Rowberry, years later, as a fulltime packager beginning in 1986
             when he was fired from Drummer, continuing up to his death in 1993.
                To fill Mavety’s magazines, Rowberry bought maybe thirty erotic sto-
             ries and articles from me. In fact, on June 14, 1988, Rowberry, whose South
             of Market office was 1156 Howard Street, paid me a check for $500 so he
             could buy one-time rights to my 1987 novella, Titanic: The Untold Tale of
             Gay Passengers and Crew, for his Uncut Magazine, September 1988. That
             was more than twice what Embry had paid me ten years before for a month
             of editing Drummer. Our running joke was that we were two of the hun-
             dreds of escapees from “The Embry Experience” which was worse than
             David Goodstein’s emasculating self-help program, the risible “Advocate
             Experience” spun gaily out of Werner Erhard’s EST that caused the Advocate
             to turn even more politically correct.

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