June is the Wednesday of months, the over-the-hump lunation. Taxes are paid, the chilly tang of May has given way to summer and the national pastime (as you'll soon see) is livelier than ever. We figure this issue marks the top of the stretch that leads to January's 30th Anniversary, so we've whipped up some of the best-bred talent on anybody's turf.
Playboy, (ISSN 0032-1478), June, 1983, Volume 30, Number 6. Published monthly by Playboy, Playboy Bldg., 919 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. Subscriptions: In the United States and its Possessions, $54 for 36 Issues, $38 for 24 Issues, $22 for 12 Issues. Canada, $27 for 12 Issues. Elsewhere, $38 for 12 Issues. Allow 45 days for new subscriptions and renewals. Change of address: Send both old and new addresses to Playboy, Post Office Box 2420, Boulder, Colorado 80302, and allow 45 days for change. Marketing: Ed Condon, Director/Direct Marketing: Michael J. Murphy, Circulation Promotion Director. Advertising: Henry W. Marks, Advertising Director; Harold Duchin, National Sales Manager; Michael Druckman, New York Sales Manager; Milt Kaplan, Fashion Advertising Manager, 747 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10017; Chicago 60611, Russ Weller, Associate Advertising Manager, 919 North Michigan Avenue; Troy, Michigan 48084, Jess Ballew, Manager, 3001 W. Big Beaver Road; Los Angeles 90010, Stanley L. Perkins, Manager, 4311 Wilshire Boulevard; San Francisco 94104, Tom Jones, Manager, 417 Montgomery Street.
Many people have met John Candy, the rotund star of the late-night "SCTV." But few have had the convulsive experience of meeting his alter ego Johnny La Rue--entertainment mogul, taxi dancer and close personal friend of tens of women. Robert Crane caught up with the always-looking-over-his-shoulder La Rue in Toronto. He reports, "La Rue was relaxed and outgoing. And wouldn't say one word without his attorney present."
California. The easy life. Sexy girls. Beautiful weather. Well, not so fast, paleface. Before you start wolfing down alfalfa sprouts, there is one obstacle to get out of the way: passing a driver's test. Driving a car in California is as mandatory as going to the bathroom; and in some homes in Beverly Hills, the two even go together. Making matters worse, state law requires newcomers to obtain a California license within ten days of residence, and scofflaws are treated like drug smugglers in Turkey. To prepare the droves of people planning to migrate west, here are some sample test questions:
An Awesome Real-Life adventure, The Flight of the Eagle (Summit) is Swedish director Jan Troell's account of a mission impossible undertaken back in 1897 by three foolhardy Swedes. The trio, led by an engineer named S. A. Andrée, had intended to fly over the Arctic Ocean to the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon, but the expedition was doomed from the start; the men's remains were found 33 years later, along with a remarkably well-preserved collection of photographic plates recording the final days of their ordeal in a frozen white wasteland. Troell's screenplay is based on a semidocumentary novel by Per Olof Sundman, which presumes a lot about the nature of Andrée: He might have been more stubborn and eccentric than scientific, but his unflagging will lured two other men to disaster. With magnificent Max von Sydow as Andrée, Göran Stangertz and Sverre Anker Ousdal as his brave companions on the expedition, Flight was Sweden's worthy Oscar nominee as best foreign film. After the eye-filling excitement of the balloon ascent (the crash to earth comes tragically soon), the movie is harrowing but full of glacial beauty to offset the ever-present perils of hungry polar bears and frostbite. Troell's austere, poetic style also makes sensitive use of flashbacks as the men remember the lives and loves they will never know again. It adds up to a grim picture but a remarkable, moving essay on that streak of madness--or genius--that compels mankind to explore, to dare, to risk the unknown at any cost. [rating]3 bunnies[/rating]
The selections in the Hot column have each captured our attention and kept it. The Nots couldn't hook us. We love Larry Elgart, but we wish he'd do something about that short attention span he's had lately.
Going the Distance: Welcome to half time. When the P.A. system at the Pontiac Silverdome arena roars the familiar shock intro to Rock and Roll Never Forgets, pompons flutter and the Detroit Pistons cheerleaders rise to their perky toes, poised to start rah-rah-rocking. But Pistons regulars don't even care. They're ogling the seats for which Bob Seger, leader of the Silver Bullet Band, rock-'n'-roll legend and composer of tonight's pompon theme, holds season tickets. Soon, the rest of the audience, well oiled by giant Stroh's suds busters, is checking out Seger, too, at the expense of the pep girls pumping pompons at the bottom of the stands.
The Dazz Band is probably the juiciest concoction to come out of Ohio since Wendy's hamburgers. You remember last year's hit Let It Whip? The whipsters are now back with On the One (Motown). Side one repeats the kinky-synth sound of their earlier hit, while side two showcases the appreciable vocal talents of Pierre DeMudd and Skip Martin. This is a fine example of that new R&B sound that seems to have been invented simultaneously by Dazz and Ray Parker, Jr., and we're hooked on it.
Very Strange Bedfellows Department: How's this for a heavy-duty line-up of composers? Jerry Garcia, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bo Diddley and Johnny Paycheck. All five are going to contribute the music to an upcoming movie, Hell's Angels Forever, which is said to be an insider's look at the famous--or infamous--motorcycle gang with counter-cultural connections during the Sixties. With the exception of the very mellow Garcia, we figure this group was picked because even the Angels wouldn't want to argue with them.
Idol Gossip: Paramount's screen adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel Dead Zone will star Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Brooke Adams, Colleen Dewhurst, Tom Skerritt and Anthony Zerbe. David (Scanners) Cronenberg is set to direct. . . . "Creative differences" is the reason given for Michael (Heaven's Gate) Cimino's departure from Footloose, which he was to direct. Herbert (Pennies from Heaven) Ross will take up directing chores on the musical. . . . The film adaptation of the play Amadeus is shooting in Prague and Italy, with F. Murray Abraham as the envy-ridden Salieri and Thomas Hulce as Mozart. The film marks the first time director Milos Forman has worked in his native Czechoslovakia since receiving U.S. citizenship. . . . An Officer and a Gentleman has inspired a spin-off TV series to be titled Sgt. Foley.Louis Gossett, Jr., who played Foley in the flick, will star. . . . On the 1983 agenda at Mel Brooks's production company is a spoof called Solarbabies, reported to be "the adventures of a bunch of adolescents in the year 2025." . . . Director Michael (Thief) Mann's film of F. Paul Wilson's best seller The Keep, starring Scott (Urban Cowboy) Glenn and Jürgen (Das Boot) Prochnow, is due out in June. Although the book is a gothic horror tale, Mann plans the film as "a cinematic fairy tale for adults." . . . Cheech and Chong as the Corsican Brothers is currently filming in the Caribbean, with Tommy Chong directing. The film is an up-to-date version of the old classic about separated Siamese twins out to avenge a murder. . . . Nancy Allen, Paul Le Mat, Diana Scarwid and Louise Fletcher star in Strange Invaders, described as a "contemporary romantic drama dealing with visitors from another world."
I am a young male approaching my mid-20s. When I was younger, I was interested in doing things for myself, or, I should say, I was more business-minded. I never paid too much attention to girls, because I figured they just weren't interested and I was also real shy. But when I was around 21, a young lady entered my life. She was small-framed but had a beautiful body. I had seen her quite often and I really wanted to meet her. But, as usual, I was wrapped up in other activities and I just didn't know anything about how to approach a female. To make a long story short, she said that she felt the same way. We dated for a long time and finally decided to have sex. It was a wonderful experience for both of us, and we decided to go steady. We've been going together ever since and she's been begging me to marry her. She is over 18 and quite capable of taking care of herself, and we've been using extreme caution in not getting her pregnant.
We get letters, lots of them. Every so often, a bunch of readers ask the same question. That's when we know a subject is worth checking out with our Playmates. Some readers seem perplexed about that fuzzy area between friendship and romance. Should they leave well enough alone or press for more?
The redhead with the rubies sips a Campari and soda poolside, while the American movie mogul takes a call from the Coast. Bugattis sail these streets like taxis do in other parts of the world. But after all, this is Monaco, the fairy-tale resort on the Mediterranean. Here, one Sunday each spring, everyone from croupier to count holds his breath for what is surely the most dramatic, heart-stopping race in the world--the incredible Grand Prix de Monaco.
"Shh-Boom, Shh ... Boom! Chemical Warfare is Back"--You Already Knew Nerve Gas was Scary, But did you Know it was Also a Lousy Weapon? It's Mainly Worth Megabucks to the Pentagon and Its Pals--By Hesh Kestin