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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 16                       395

                That look on that “Publisher Dearest” face!
                Like the LAPD, I could not be bent to his purposes.
                Previous lack of payment of my wages already had me considering leav-
             ing Drummer, but his never-ending imperial LA attitude was not attractive
             in laid-back San Francisco where no one wanted to be Embry’s slave. He
             made a big mistake in his pathetic fallacy. He figured because Drummer
             was about BDSM, he was master of a staff of slaves. As a result, the average
             length of employment inside the Drummer office in the late 1970s was six
             minutes to six months. When I got my pal David Hurles/Old Reliable hired
             in to edit The Alternate, he lasted ten days before the twisted tag team of
             John Embry and John Rowberry, both up from LA, drove him out the door
             with their shenanigans.
                As it turned out in the leather timeline, I wrote the leather world’s first
             article on the first IML in Drummer (Drummer 31, September 1979). This
             IML article was also the first appearance in print of my high-concept coin-
             age, homomasculinity, which I applied to IML.
                Embry printed my article because my friend Dom Orejudos/Etienne of
             IML had sent to me, care of Drummer, a dozen free photographs of the sexy
             contestants. My enunciated title, “The Envelope, Pleez,” was my little sneer
             at the idea of male beauty contests in general. Nevertheless, I celebrated
             IML with a bit of philosophy about masculine-identified leather as well as
             with ironic lines such as “...the hottest twelve contestants this side of the
                The feature article was reprinted in the book, International Mr. Leather:
             25 Years of Champions, compiled by Joseph W. Bean for IML, Inc. and the
             Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago (2004).
                (In 1989, it was not  Drummer, but the magazine  FirstHand Events,
             produced by publisher Jackie Lewis, that became the “official magazine of
             IML.” See Drummer 128 [May 1989], page 86.)
                In a zero-degrees-of-separation letter from Boulder, Colorado, October
             12, 1988, Dom Orejudos expressed his interest in my translating his draw-
             ings from page to screen in the leather-heritage “Video Gallery” artist series
             I was shooting at Palm Drive Video featuring his peers Rex, A. Jay, Domino,
             Skipper, and the Hun.
                Dom Orejudos wrote:

                Hi Jack:...Yes, let’s follow through on discussing the possibility of
                an Etienne video gallery by you at Palm Drive. I’ve had some ideas
                in that area (video) for some time now, and I’m sure we could come
                up with something interesting. I enjoyed visiting with you during

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