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26                                      Jack Fritscher, Ph.D.
            in 1975. As a working carpenter in 1977, he built the interior of the leg-
            endary Fey-Way Gallery where Opel mainlined formerly closeted gay art
            in the space where he was murdered in 1979. As a working photographer,
            Stewart founded Keyhole Studios in 1976, and his strong black-and-white
            images of Folsom Street sexuality often appeared in SoMa exhibitions
            and in Drummer (beginning as early as Drummer 14, May 1977). For
            several seasons, he worked as a manager for various San Francisco leather
            venues, such as the Leatherneck bar, and for years he managed the bar
            and retail store owned by the Drummer publisher. He grew up on a farm
            in Mason County, Michigan, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area
            (including the Russian River), Chicago, and other Third Coast locations.
            As a photographer, he focused on leather culture, and as a writer, he has
            concentrated on historical topics and research methods. In addition to
            poetry, he is currently writing a murder mystery set along Michigan’s
            West Shore, as well as a series of interconnecting stories about 1970s life
            in SoMa titled Folsom Street Blues. He lives in a nineteenth-century farm
            house that has been in his family for more than a hundred years.

                “Jim Stewart,” Golden Gate Park, 1976. Auto-photograph by Jim Stewart.
                ©Jim Stewart. Used with permission.

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