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                survivor who can tell the whole new generation who has come out in
                the last ten years all the different versions of the way we once were
                in the golden days when we were Inventing It All.
                    Please write or call. We live so close to each other here in the
                country. We can meet for coffee or we can set up a date for the
                interview, or you can say, what I hope you won’t say, thanks, but no
                thanks. The point is for us survivors to get your story, who you are,
                where you came from, how you invented an institution, and where
                you are and are going.
                    Of course, best regards to Mario, who, if he likes, is most heartily
                welcome to be part of the interview, because he too has been a part
                of this whole scenario which has gotten bigger than any one of us.

                Sincerely,
                Jack Fritscher
                cc. Anthony F. DeBlase



                Embry, who never buried a hatchet, never responded to my 1989 letter.
             Perhaps he declined because of his undying disdain for Tony DeBlase. Nine
             years later in early 1998, he himself phoned me for the first time in twenty
             years. He was finally a one-man band. In our leather Bloomsbury, he had
             achieved Virginia Woolf’s dream: He had a room of his own, “five-hundred
             pounds a year,” and a computer. He wasn’t so much a solo act as he was
             abandoned by everyone “who done him wrong.” As I had brushed up on
             graphic design for Drummer at UC Berkeley, he had learned PageMaker at
             Santa Rosa Junior College. He proposed to trade some of my photos and
             stories on disc, not for pay, but for free ad space for my Palm Drive Video. He
             was designing and building pages for his new magazine venture, the “MR”
             brand magazines, Manifest Reader, Manhood Rituals, and Super MR which
             combined Manifest Reader and Manhood Rituals.
                Neither of us gentlemen made any mention of our past other than to agree
             that the 1970s had been “the Golden Age of Drummer.” When Drummer
             changed owners in 1986, DeBlase had Embry sign a non-competition clause.
             When the limit expired in the 1990s, Embry jumped back in business. As I
             had done in the 1980s with both Man2Man and the California Action Guide,
             Embry followed suit and created yet another “Virtual Drummer”: his own
             Manifest Reader series.
                In the third act of his life, waxing nostalgic for those classic issues of
             1970s Drummer, he decided to revive those glory-days. In his 1990s resur-
             rection, in Manhood Rituals 2, he editorialized on the inside front cover:


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