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404                                     Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            III. Eyewitness Illustrations

            Top: John Rowberry displaying his notorious attitude in his office on Folsom Street, 1986.
            Photograph by Jack Fritscher. ©Jack Fritscher. Bottom: “John Rowberry, Night Porter, LA,
            Clawing His Way to the Top.” Rowberry typically acted like he was starring in a student
            production of Sunset Boulevard. Publicity kit photograph given by Rowberry to Drummer
            art director, and longtime intimate of Fritscher, Al Shapiro. Photographer unknown. Used
            with permission of the Estate of Al Shapiro administered by Dick Kriegmont.
            John W. Rowberry, the night porter from the Ramada Inn on Santa Monica Boulevard
            in West Hollywood, looking for a job in San Francisco, became editor—never “editor in
            chief”—of Drummer with Drummer 40. Almost single-handedly in the 1980s, he dis-
            mantled the reader-reflexive grassroots erotic photography in Drummer so much in favor
            of corporate video companies’ photographs that there were whispers of “Payola” kickbacks
            of cash. Eased out under first publisher John Embry at the insistence of new Drummer
            publisher Anthony DeBlase, Rowberry moved on to work successfully in tandem with
            Fritscher throughout the 1980s on half a dozen other gay magazines.

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