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               airport, I ran down the stairs, missed several and ended up into
               [sic] the next landing.
                   I spent the contest weekend and the past weeks recuperating
               from a broken hip.... Now, months later, I’m still not completely
               functional, but at least I’m mobile.
                   ...The healing process takes a lot of energy, leaving little for the
               creative process. [This was precisely my point when his 1978 cancer
               made him AWOL from Drummer, leaving Al Shapiro and me space,
               time, and energy to creatively grow Drummer from an LA magazine
               to a San Francisco magazine.]
                   Now the holidays have come and gone, and it is time to get our
               act should see the changes in size and content. We
               have merged with Terrance Hawke to become Alternate Hawke
               Publishing.... It’s a big step for someone still on a couch....Thanks
               for your patience —John H. Embry

               Flat on his back on his couch, Embry, at age 74, continuing to think
            feuds and controversy incite publicity, decided he would print a general
            press release from Jake Staley who was representing himself as the new edi-
            tor of a new generation of Drummer Online under Mike Zuhl who soon
            after founded his spin-off leather-contest organization, Drummer North
            America, with its clever acronym, DNA.
               Embry had not owned Drummer for fifteen years, but after he sold it
            in 1986, he increasingly suffered the world’s worst case of seller’s remorse.
               Characteristically, in his trashing of twenty-first century  Drummer,
            ventriloquist Embry tooled his words through his Super MR editor Robert
            Davolt, who was also the terminal editor of San Francisco Drummer.
               In the end, in this Super MR #7 (January 2001), Embry revealed his
            heart. He bore a grudge against Drummer itself. With an introductory sen-
            tence, Embry, in league with Robert Davolt, re-published Jake Staley’s press
            release in “Letters to the Editor” (page 6-7):

                                DIFFERENT DRUMMER

               This letter [written by the new editor of the new Drummer Online
               who was accusing Embry of lying about Drummer] was forwarded
               to us by one of our readers...[Embry’s italics]

               Jake Staley:  Drummer – Still Hot, and still America’s leading
               Leather Magazine. We have been reading recently in the leather

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