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374                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            Oral History Transcription: When I was thirty-four, I wrote this true
            and erotic autobiographical feature article in 1973, two years before the
            advent of Drummer (June 1975), after spending many holiday nights at
            the Folsom Street Barracks, 1147 Folsom with entrance on Hallam Street,
            and at the Folsom Prison bar, on Folsom at 14  Street, which in the 1977
            feature I updated to the Brig bar, 1347 Folsom Street.
               The Folsom Prison bar opened 1973 and closed January 2, 1977 as
            the Brig opened. The closing was noted with a photo in Drummer 12,
            page 69:

               FOLSOM PRISON, at the beginning [the west end] of the
               Folsom Strip in San Francisco has been torn down . . . . . Clos-
               ing night festivities included the ripping down of the famous
               prison bars over the big horseshoe-shaped bar, and dismantling
               the beloved fireplace, brick by brick. A lot of people went home
               the night of January 2 with a lot of Folsom Prison souvenirs.

               Drummer  19 (December 1977) was the first issue of Drummer to list
            “Jack Fritscher” signed in as editor in chief, even though I had also ghost-
            edited, uncredited, Drummer 14-18.
               For a brief fulcrum of time in 1979, I had edited half the Drummer
            issues in existence.
               I was editor in chief through Drummer 33, although publisher John
            Embry stripped my name from the masthead of issues 31, 32, and 33
            while they were in production and at the printers.
               Embry did this because in the time leading up to the day Drummer
            30 was published, my lover David Sparrow and I dared request all the back
            salary owed me for my writing, and owed us (aka Fritscher-Sparrow) for
            our photographs. I was owed $4,000 and David around $2,000 — which
            in 1979 was a lot for our two-person domestic household to absorb.
                John Embry also switched out some of my writing after Drummer
            30, but published some pieces without my byline.
               He kept my photos going through  Drummer  33 which was the
            last issue Fritscher and Sparrow, under the name of “David Sparrow”
            and “Sparrow Photography” contributed to Drummer — until Anthony
            DeBlase purchased Drummer and hired me back for Drummer 100.
               David Sparrow never returned to the pages of Drummer; nor did
            others of my Drummer “salon” including my bicoastal lover, Robert Map-
               However, in the rosy beginning, I arrived as editor in chief at Drum-
            mer with portfolios full of my writing including my S&M novel written
            in 1968 and first published in 1972 as I Am Curious (Leather) by Lou

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