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               But talk about de javu [sic]! Our  Drummer  business manager
               Jerry Lasley [who arrived and disappeared in the 1980s through
               the revolving door that was Drummer] has reappeared to again do
               what he did so well....It would have been something to have had
               Marge [aka Marj as the lady signed her name], our lady typesetter
               pounding out the copy, cigarette hanging out of her smiling mouth.
               And A. Jay, our art director, and Jeannie [sic] Barney and/or John
               Rowberry editing. We even received a photographic offering from
               former editor Jack Fritscher of what he claims Robert Payne should
               look like. Out of that long ago, there were writers and artists and
               photographers whose contributions made magic.


               The cover-quality photo I had sent him was of my Palm Drive Video
            model, Chris Duffy aka Bull Stanton. My little joke was that after all these
            years a photograph of the fictional “Robert Payne” ought to have aged a bit
            into a guy at least thirty-something and hot. Making no mention of The
            Portrait of Dorian Gray, I offered a sexy pseudonymous face to fit the pseud-
            onymous “Robert Payne” to whom the unimaginative Embry had never
            tried over thirty years to give a signature “face” that identifies a brand. As it
            happened, Embry fell for the photo of Chris Duffy, but not to front “Robert
            Payne.”
               In Manhood Rituals 3 (1999), page 2, he wrote:


               We have been pouring though the first 100 issues of Drummer,
               not so much to lift, or re-live, but to check what to seek out, what
               worked and what to avoid duplicating. It is not a simple task but
               one pleasantly filled with powerful memories of other times and
               people and circumstances.
                   We even looked up our third issue of Drummer which might
               have been no great shakes by today’s publishing standards but, con-
               sidering there was no one else doing it, issue #3 wasn’t so bad.

               Embry’s claim-jumping ego and his revisionist history, declaring “no
            one else was doing it,” conveniently denied all the pioneer magazines that
            existed around the startup of Drummer twenty-five years earlier in 1975.
            Drummer was no immaculate conception born in a vacuum. Drummer
            had gay pop-culture roots. In truth, Clark Polak’s Drum (1964-1967) had
            been “doing it” with a circulation of 10,000; Queen’s Quarterly (1969-c.
            1980) was “doing it”; Blueboy (1974-2007) was “doing it”; so was After
            Dark (1968-1982). Their publishing standards in form and content were


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