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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 18                       471

                magazine as part of its benefits. Later, after being cut off by
                Drummer and two of its distributors for nonpayment, she is substi-
                tuting a multilithed “Newsletter,” promised monthly and contain-
                ing offers of merchandise in the “Fraternity’s” name, membership
                pitches and solicitation of contributions as well as scurrilous attacks
                on ALTERNATE PUBLISHING and its people. Notice is hereby
                given that THE LEATHER FRATERNITY is a fully protected
                name since 1973 [Again, this claim of the specific word protected
                which he may have chosen because it is illegal to say something is
                trademarked when in fact it is not] and has no connection whatever
                with Mrs. Barney’s effort.....It does not publish names of members...
                as Mrs. Barney has done. Mrs. Barney is offering remnants of her
                unpaid-for [with Embry, it’s always about the money] Drummer
                inventory at  inflated  prices....We  would  appreciate being noti-
                fied of any checks to Drummer or ALTERNATE PUBLISHING
       anyone other than this company [spinning a charge
                of embezzlement Barney never did].

                When I asked Jeanne Barney in 2006 about this slam in 1979, she
             wrote: “Oh, for Christ’s sake! There are so many inaccuracies in his rant as
             to be laughable!”


             Is it good business for feuding publishers to trash other magazines to gin
             up publicity and controversy? Embry took potshots gratuitously attacking
             magazines such as Blueboy (Drummer 9), In Touch, Honcho, and Man2Man
             Quarterly. For instance, the minute after Man2Man first hit the stands,
             claim-jumper Embry added this new tag line to Drummer: “More Man-to-
             Man Personals Than Any Other Magazine.” He also added it to his Manifest
             Reader. The phrase “man-to-man” was a commonplace of American lan-
             guage. My father often said it to me. But it had not been mentioned in con-
             nection with post-Stonewall homosexuality, and, except for my announce-
             ment in  Drummer  30 (June 1979, page 18) about the arrival of a new
             magazine, it was likely never written in Drummer before the first publica-
             tion of Man2Man. (By 1982, Mark Hemry had bought MAN2MAN as the
             vanity license plate for our red Ford F-100 truck used in so many photo and
             video shoots, including the cover of Drummer 140, June 1990.)
                Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but, with his light-fin-
             gered co-optation of my coinage, I figured Embry gave envious evidence he

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