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            Drummer issues about how he had trounced the “inept” Cole at NewsWest
            and Dateline. He even coopted the title Dateline into the Drummer column
            “Dateline.” Continuously jealous of Goodstein, Embry slammed him and
            his controversial “Advocate Experience” by publishing a scathing feature,
            written to order by frequent contributor to The Advocate, Dan Gengle, titled
            “The Thing That Ate The Advocate,” in Alternate 9 (May 1979). Embry had
            by then poached as many “left-leaning” Advocate staff as possible, including,
            early on, Jeanne Barney and Aristede Laurent, and, later, Advocate editor
            John Preston and transman columnist Patrick/Pat Califia.
               Embry, who denied he depended on the kindness of strangers, reached
            to the virgin-birth that Mark Zuckerberg later wanted at Facebook. Playing
            rock-paper-scissors, Embry was the only person ever to suggest himself as
            the sole creator of Drummer. Sometimes in the convenient shorthand of
            leather history timelines, people not familiar with the Drummer Origin
            Story name him as the founder of Drummer. In truth, he was the principal
            of the founders in the village that created Drummer. He was also the man
            most responsible for nearly all of the unnecessary drama and bad luck that
            always threatened the destruction of Drummer even after he sold the maga-
            zine to the second publisher of Drummer, Anthony DeBlase whose own
            point of view invented, after 1986, yet another version of Drummer, beyond
            our original Drummer, in order to cope with AIDS and political correctness.
               In the way that George Washington, the “Founding Father of Our
            Country,” depended on the six other Founding Fathers, Embry, the founder
            of Drummer, depended morally on the two other Founding Fathers and one
            Founding Mother.

                      “The past is never dead; in fact, it’s not even past.”
                          —Requiem for a Nun, William Faulkner





















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