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             sibling, was I the only one who thought Mach was short for Machiavelli?
                Drummer, however, could have thrived better as an only child who did
             not have to support other magazines. In the 1970s, Drummer was so strong
             a brand name that it helped create the very leather culture it reported on.
                After that powerful Golden Age of sexual entertainment, Embry used
             his later magazines as power tools to settle scores, revise history, and romance
             his own legend.
                Too often his thirty-years of prevarications and mistakes are quoted
             by legitimate journalists, historians, and anthropologists as if they are true.
                Critical thinking is required. Fact-checking is necessary. Turn to the
             texts inside Drummer and other Embry publications for internal evidence
             to examine his character and agenda, including his plagiarisms, feuds, and
             ads for pedophiles and the Nazi party.
                Embry’s tallish tales only survive postmortem when his revisionism is
             made “true” simply by being repeated by incurious bloggers and ingenuous
             researchers and innocent historians who, not knowing the dybbuk they are
             dancing with, fail to realize they are “accessories after the fact” in resurrect-
             ing and perpetuating Embry’s crime of injecting his disinformation into the
                Even DeBlase, who loathed Embry, could be tricked.
                Immediately after paying Embry thousands of dollars to buy Drummer,
             DeBlase tried to write up a fair-handed Drummer history in the landmark
             Drummer 100. But minus critical thinking about, and fact-checking of,
             Embry’s slanted innuendo and lies published in previous issues of Drummer,
             he fell into the booby trap Embry had set, and reprocessed and reprinted
             some of Embry’s bombast chapter and verse.
                Unfortunately, his uncritical repetition of Embry’s fibs and falsehoods
             damaged his editorial in Drummer 100, as well as some of the informa-
             tional entries DeBlase later made in the first uncorrected draft of his ambi-
             tious “Leather Timeline” which the fact-checkers at the Leather Archives &
             Museum in Chicago will spend years correcting.
                DeBlase was not shy about pegging Embry as a shady character who
             had defrauded him by lying about hidden financial liabilities when he
             bought Drummer. Intellectually, DeBlase with his doctorate might have
             safeguarded himself better. He was an eyewitness who knew from his own
             experience that after he bought Drummer, Embry made a hobby of trash-
             ing DeBlase and Drummer while constantly revising the real history of the
             magazine’s talent base.
                Embry was an unreliable and often unknowledgeable keeper of the
             institutional memories of Drummer which he owned for only eleven of its

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