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342                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.

            “Haiku Headlines.” As an eyewitness of San Francisco’s nervous breakdown, Fritscher mon-
            taged some of the San Francisco Chronicle headlines that began with the Jonestown Massa-
            cre, November 18, 1978, escalated with the assassination of Moscone and Milk, November
            27, 1978, and continued through the White Night Riot, May 21, 1979. During this exact
            same high-anxiety period, Fritscher was sole editor in chief of Drummer which was having
            its own nervous breakdown because its publisher John Embry withdrew temporarily with
            the onset of cancer, treatment, and cure. Drummer emerged with a new identity.
               The “Gay Plea for Calm,” May 22, 1979, was the fiery headline the romantic revo-
            lutionary evening that Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry cruised and met for the first time
            under the marquee of the Castro Theater during the Castro street party celebrating the
            first post-assassination birthday of Harvey Milk that had morphed into a Peace Rally in
            the riot-torn City. Material for collage ©San Francisco Chronicle

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