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            relationship. The wedding was performed by the Catholic priest, Jim Kane,
            the nationally popular leatherman who was four times featured in Drummer:
               1. in two stories by our mutual friend, Sam Steward aka Phil Andros:
            “Babysitter” (Drummer 5) and “Many Happy Returns” (Drummer 6);
               2. in one photo feature “Dungeons of San Francisco” (Drummer 17);
               3. as “Frank Cross” in my feature article “The Janus Society” (Drummer
               In my zero degrees of separation within Drummer, I should disclose that
            from 1968-1972 I had an S&M affair with my lifelong friend, the Reverend
            Jim Kane, who also in 1970-1971 commissioned and published my media
            columns, such as “The Chicago Seven” and “You’re in the Midst of the Second
            American Revolution,” in his monthly Catholic newspaper Dateline Colorado
            (Colorado Springs), for which he was priest-editor. Through Kane, I met Sam
            Steward/Phil Andros whose stories I agented and produced for Drummer 5
            and 6. Seeing how much in love the Sparrow and I were, Kane, feeling a
            tad jealous, began actively to seek his own lover. In that hunt, I was Kane’s
            “advisor” during his difficult year-long courtship of former football player,
            Ike Barnes, as chronicled in dozens of his signed and archived letters to me.

               February 2, 1971. Dear Jackanddave [sic], The razor strop you sent
               [as a gift] is great...plan to use shortly on Ike Barnes, my new m
               from N.Y. state...1959 Rose Bowl half-back for Ohio State...mus-
               cled, and out of his gourd on my style....—Jim

               In San Francisco, during 1971 and 1972, the Fritscher-Sparrow duo
            were house mates with the newly partnered Kane-Barnes duo in a flat owned
            by Anthony (Tony) Perles at 4131 19th Street, four doors from 19  and
            Castro Streets. Perles was the author of The Peoples’ Railway: History of the
            San Francisco Muni (1980); when he was unemployed in 1978, I hired him
            on my staff when I managed the proposals department at Kaiser Engineers,
            where I also hired John Trojanski, a fellow seminarian, whom I groomed as
            a Drummer writer and photographer in Drummer 25, “In the Habit: Sex in
            the Seminary,” December 1978. After Drummer, when I was seconded from
            Kaiser Engineers to manage the writing for the San Francisco Municipal
            Railway’s Muni Metro Light Rail Vehicle Startup Program, I hired another
            writer, a man-about-town known publicly as Roger of San Francisco who
            soon after began his ball-busting S&M company, Shotgun Video.
               At the San Francisco Municipal Railway, I quickly learned that Muni
            at that time was rather much managed by a dedicated infrastructure of

              ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 03-16-2017
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