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Dick Freeman,
Batteries Not Included

Age: 52

Selection: "Schmeckel Movies in California," by Richard Pacheco (page 95)

Recent review (from Chip's Closet Cleaner): "Fascinating and funny and sometimes obscene, but that's a compliment." (From Funhouse): "Superb sexzine with sublime writings."

Sample: $3 from 513 North Central Ave., Fairborn, Ohio 45324 (checks: Dick Freeman)

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
It was February 1, 1994. I saw Susie Bright speak at Antioch College, & the response of the students was so crazed & hostile, I wanted to write about it. However, I had no place I could send the piece, so decided to start a newsletter & publish it myself! And as I had a lot of friends who were writing about sex, I knew I could get good writing to add to what I could write.

Why publish a zine?
Why not publish? I have a lot of writing that I don't want to publish...or care to publish. But every once in a while, I write something I would like others to read! And, of course, I know a lot of other people who do want to publish, so this helps them as well.

What can you tell us about the selection you provided for "The Book of Zines"?
You should know that the piece is true (whether the names have been changed to protect the innocent, I can't be sure). Richard Pacheco is still, to me, a star of screen (and should be a star of stage & television, were this not such a sex negative society). He is also an incredible writer who can't get his autobiography published, due to the idiocy of our publishing industry. I would cut off someone else's left arm to get Richard's work out there!
You should know that Richard is responsible for my being banned for life from radio. He read a piece he's written called, "My Last Cum Shot" over the air on my radio show—and I was immediately banned from the airwaves. It did make for a memorable last show, though.

Do you publish any other zines?
I also publish Plain Brown Wrapper, a 700-page literary quarterly that comes out on floppy disc for Macintosh computers. I've been doing that for eight years.

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Follow the footwear ad!

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
Finding and helping new writers! Absolutely.

In my other life, I'm a:
I need to get another life, I suspect.

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