DON'T BE FOOLED. While other magazines conduct reader polls and promote them as sex surveys, a PLAYBOY survey gets you closer to the action than a polyurethane condom. After all, this is our turf. We are a definitive source for researchers, scholars and news outlets.
I read with great interest Vincent Bugliosi’s Outrage: The Reasons O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder (July). This is the first I’d heard about the prosecution’s rejection of the advice of their own jury-selection consultant. I was fascinated with Bugliosi’s roundup of the damning evidence the prosecution failed to enter.
The Red Sox had the lead, but the Blue Jays were coming back. The fans at Toronto’s Skydome were following the action closely, and many had binoculars to catch every move and nuance. They weren’t watching the field, though—the curtains were open in room 43 of the Skydome Hotel, where a couple was making like a pitcher and catcher, sans uniforms.
“Wherever you go in the NFL, fans are all alike. The only thing that separates them is what they throw. On the West Coast, they throw food. The farther east you move, the larger and harder the objects become. In Midwestern cities such as Chicago, it’s an AA battery.
PATTI SMITH left the music business a cult hero and returned a myth. Unpredictable, funny, hugely ambitious, she was a poet who thrust herself into a pantheon occupied by the rock stars she adored. She was also at the center of New York’s punk scene and cut four indelible albums.
THE MAMBO KING DEPARTMENT: For all those people who loved Lucy but always thought Ricky got short shrift, record stores are now carrying The Best of Desi Arnaz: The Mambo King. Long live Babalu. REELING AND ROCKING: TLC's T-Boz (using her real name, Tionne Watkins) went solo on the soundtrack of Fled, an action thriller starring Laurence Fishburne.
PROBABLY the best thing about Feeling Minnesota (Fine Line) is Cameron Diaz’ performance as Freddie—a bruised, beautiful blonde forced to marry a strip-joint honcho named Sam (Vincent D’Onofrio). On the day of their drab wedding, Sam’s wayward brother Jjaks (Keanu Reeves, and that’s the spelling for Jacks—don’t ask) shows up and furtively makes love to Sam’s bride.
Overkill of the month: Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers: The Director's Cut (Vidmark), a new release of the grisly 1994 joyride, packaged with three additional minutes of mayhem (in 150 cuts) originally excised to ensure the film’s R rating (and you thought John Grisham had a problem with the old version).
ALMOST EVERYTHING we know about the modern Mafia we owe to Mario Puzo. The Godfather romanticized organized crime in all its brutality. Now, 27 years later, Puzo tries it again with The Last Don (Random House). It’s another family saga, but it’s also a story about how the Mob distanced itself from its past by going west to Las Vegas and Hollywood.
It happened one day this past spring. Mary and Helen, my 12-year-old twins, were both wearing pink taffeta skirts and fluffy white sweaters as they curtsied to me before sitting down at our breakfast table. Primly, they checked their makeup and hair in the mirror that each carries in a purse.
I love your book 365 Ways to Improve Your Sex Life and thought you might enjoy a trick from mine, Creative Screwing ($15 from P.O. Box 20412, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49019). I call it the Pussy Roll. In order to perfect this trick, the woman must have tight vaginal muscles and should practice on a dildo or vibrator.
The prospect of legal same-sex marriages has ignited intense moral outrage among our legislators. As a result, we now have a proposed law that permits states to deny formal recognition to such unions. Congress titled this legislation the Defense of Marriage Act—meaning, of course, heterosexual marriage.
how the communications decency act played in court
Day 1 (March 21)
Day 2 (March 22)
Day 3 (April 1)
Day 4 (April 12)
Day 5 (April 15)
Day 6 (May 10)
DECLAN MC CULLAGH
In the shadow of the Liberty Bell in downtown Philadelphia, the future of online liberty is being decided. A panel of federal judges has gathered to hear a challenge to the Communications Decency Act, which bans “indecent” or “patently offensive” material from being transmitted or displayed online where minors might access it.
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA—The State prison commissioner resigned after the governor cut down his proposal to establish chain gangs of female prisoners. Despite a statewide poll in which 58 percent of the respondents said they supported equality in chains, an embarrassed Governor Fob James declared that “there will be no woman on any chain gang in the state of Alabama today, tomorrow or any time under my watch."
I am writing in response to your thought-provoking article “The Shame Game” (The Playboy Forum, June). Sex workers choose to perform a service. My brief tenure as a phone sex operator was an economic choice made solely by me, and I was never exploited, humiliated or degraded.
a candid conversation with the current king of late-night television about his driving ambition, how he keeps his chin up and why he’s clobbering dave
<p>He can’t stop. Jay Leno, formerly the laughing stock of late-night TV, now the undisputed champ, is riding home from work on a 1918 Pope motorcycle, one of his many classic vehicles. The Pope is in near mint condition—a gray-green comet zipping Leno through Burbank as he waves and grins at motorists.</p>
A MOST STIMULATING LOOK AT LOVE AND LUST ON CAMPUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Sex BY THE NUMBERS
The Great Condom War
THE FIRST TIME
HAVE YOU EVER ?
By the Numbers
ONE-NIGHT STANDS VS. RELATIONSHIPS
SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND FLIRTING
SEX EDUCATION CIRCA 1996
TESTING FOR AIDS
HOW WE DID IT AND WHO WE TALKED WITH
JAMES R. PETERSEN
Take note: On any given day college students are doing it in dorm rooms, libraries, trucks, showers, hotel rooms, at parties and, on occasion, in their parents’ beds. They are having orgasms you wouldn’t believe. They are busy exploring one another’s bodies, making sexual discoveries by the dozens.
pin-up queen and pop star samantha fox packs a double wallop
She has the face that launched a billion newspapers. She has performed for more than a million fans—in one year alone. And in Britain, her R-rated treasures are considered more precious than the crown jewels. The Samantha Fox tale began in the early Eighties, when she was discovered by The Sun, which has the largest circulation of a daily newspaper in the United Kingdom.
for the boss' nephew, a summer job at a shipyard can be an amazing education
Gerald wanted a monkey and Wishbone said he could get it for him. Wishbone had a man on the inside. The three of us were burning out badly rusted floor sections of a tuna rig called Kaga and welding new pieces in their place, patchwork repairs, like making a quilt of metal.
Barbi Benton was 18 and a premed coed at UCLA when she met Hef on the set of his TV show, Playboy After Dark, in 1968. Over the course of their eight-year relationship, he introduced her to fame and Hollywood while she coaxed him into parasailing, skiing and globe-trotting.
zip-front sweaters, snug pants, hush puppies— this season’s look is a blast from the past
Ditch the grungy jeans, baggy sweatshirts and who-cares-what-I-wear-to-class attitude. Fit is in this fall; so are interesting clothing matches. Start with a staple sweater—namely one of this season’s zip-front models worn extra lean.
from the condor club to beaver street, nobody does san francisco like robin williams
Walking through San Francisco with Robin Williams is like walking through Sherwood Forest with Robin Hood. He owns the place. Every tree, every rock, every nook and cranny hides a cohort waiting to leap out and cry (choose one from this list of offerings made during a casual stroll), “Robin, let’s . . .
Comes a time when you've secured your first apartment lease and cashed a few checks from a real job. That's when it becomes apparent that there are things you just have to have. We've done the hard part and put together a wish list of great stuff.
Ja," says Miss October. "I used to say, I am shy for this. I am a girl who wears a T-shirt on the beach!" Yet the blonde beauty from tiny Algermissen, a hamlet in northern Germany, has never been timid in any way about pursuing her dream— to make it big in America.
The seven-year-old had developed a bad habit of using foul language at home. Finally, his mother had had enough and kicked him out the door, telling him not to return until he cleaned up his act. An hour later she heard a knock and was relieved to see her son standing there.
Why jam your dad's minivan with a bunch of unwieldy electronics when you can travel light on your way back to campus this fall with a fully loaded multimedia computer? We're talking about a Mac or PC that can do triple duly as workhorse, digital slave and one-stop entertainment shop.
four decades of picking the best teams and players in college football sports
TOP 20 TEAMS
THE PLAYBOY ALL-AMERICAS
4. FLORIDA STATE
7. NOTRE DAME
9. PENN STATE
11. OHIO STATE
12. KANSAS STATE
14. LOUISIANA STATE
15. VIRGINIA TECH
20. TEXAS A&M
Rest of the Best
THE ANSON MOUNT Scholar/Athlete AWARD
NO SPORT loves its heroes, traditions, rivalries and history more than college football. This year PLAYBOY celebrates its own legend as a chronicler of college football with the 40th anniversary of the Playboy Preseason All-America Football Team.
Until May 1964, no woman—not even Marilyn Monroe—had ever commanded more than ten pages in PLAYBOY. Then came Donna (Miss December 1963). A talented actress, dancer and pianist (she finished behind Little Richard in one competition), Donna became an instant success in Hollywood.
jack Kerouac and neal cassady as you ve never heard them before
The great (although, it appears, sexually unconsummated) love of Kerouac’s life was the handsome son of a Denver skid-row derelict, Neal Cassady. He was a manic womanizer, a tireless carouser. And what physical prowess! He could run 100 yards in less than ten seconds and masturbate five or six times a day, every day.”
the hispanic heartthrob on the inequity of prop. 187, the beauty of mariachi and the enduring cool of the sombrero
Early in the 1994 television season, Jimmy Smits replaced David Caruso on Steven Bochco's “NYPD Blue," and no one, except perhaps Caruso, has looked back. As Detective Bobby Simone, Smits has brought both intensity and calm to the show—not to mention buns of steel, which he’s not been shy about exposing on camera.
two old conferences join forces to make a super, sexy new one
IT WAS a marriage made in football heaven, and perhaps the best all-American union since biscuits met gravy. This autumn, the NCAA’s bygone Big Eight conference—historically known as the juggernaut of college football—swung open its doors to four Texas schools from the former Southwest Conference, the Sun Belt’s hard-hitting cowboy contingent.
Below is a list of retailers and manufacturers you can contact for information on where to find this month’s merchandise. To buy the apparel and equipment shown on pages 22, 24, 86-91, 94-95, 112-113 and 173, check the listings below to find the stores nearest you.
If Tom and Sally’s Chocolate Body Paint doesn’t bring out the Picasso in you, nothing will. For $15 you get a half-inch brush and an eight-ounce jar of edible “paint” made with French chocolate. The directions on the jar’s label tell you to “heat to 98.6° F., apply liberally, and let your imagination run free.” Furthermore, Chocolate Body Paint is “great on ice cream, too.” Call a company named Fortunately Yours at 800337-1889 to order. While you’re on the phone ask about Fortunately’s custom chocolate-dipped fortune cookies that are ten times normal size ($25 each). They’re big enough to hide an additional surprise inside, such as the key to a new car, or an engagement ring, and the company is glad to oblige.
For 18 years, Death Studios at 431 Pine Lake Avenue in La Porte, Indiana 46350 has quietly been creating some of the world’s most frightening Halloween masks. And this year head monster-maker Jeff Death has again returned to his macabre drawing board (the horrific results are pictured here). At top left is Klownzilla, the head clown in the cult flick Killer Klowns From Outer Space, who wreaks havoc at the film’s end. Price: $125. Next is Cutter, an aging albino vampire who’s frighteningly cheap: $85 with long white hair and $75 bald. Speed Demon, the creature who looks as if he has consumed one too many Minithins, is $95. Last is the Werewolf Trophy Plaque, available in brown, gray or white, that’s dead proof you’ve bagged yourself a werewolf. Price: $230, all ready to mount above your mantle. Call 219-362-4321 to order. Death’s catalog is $2.
“Great vodka doesn’t have to come from cold places” is how Cane Country Imports markets Cane Juice Caribbean vodka, an 80-proof sugarcane liquor from Belize. Cane Juice is triple-distilled for purity and tastes great on the rocks. Use it as a mixer or serve it as a martini. Price: about $12 a bottle. Call Cane Country at 214-669-0880 for more info.
Izzo describes its new Cruiser bag as “the state-of-the-art method of carrying golf clubs,” and we can understand why. It’s lightweight (just under five pounds), comfortable (a dual strap evenly distributes the weight) and features a great footactivated retractable stand. Various color combinations are available and the price is only $160. Look for it in golf stores and pro shops or call 800-284-1220.
Tales From the Crypt
PLAYBOY book columnist Dig-by Diehl has a ghoulish sideline. He’s just authored Tales From the Crypt: The Official Archives, which chronicles all 105 issues that appeared in EC Comics starting in 1949, and includes reproductions of all the Crypt covers and the history of the Crypt TV shows. The 256-page hardcover with more than 1000 illustrations costs $40. If you’re a diehard EC fan, you may want a leather-bound limited edition (of 750) for $500. Call St. Martin’s Press at 800-288-2131.
The Life of a Pin-Up Legend
Bettie Page has probably made more magazine appearances than Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford combined. Now she’s captured again in Bettie Page: The Life of a Pin-Up Legend by Karen Essex and James Swanson. Included in the hardcover’s 288 picture-filled pages are never-before-seen photos from private collectors and an explanation of Bettie’s strange disappearance in 1957. A copy autographed by Bettie costs $61. (Unautographed copies cost $46.) Call 206-821-1760 to order.
America’s Horror Theme Park
Spooky World, “America’s Horror Theme Park,” situated about 45 minutes west of Boston in Berlin, Massachusetts, once again opens its ghostly doors during October. New attractions include the Phantom Mine Shaft, the Cirque Macabre, the Dark Ride Haunted Fun House and the ever unpopular Chamber of Horrors. There’s also a cast of 100 on hand to commit additional mayhem. Admission is about $17. Call 508-838-0200 for hours.
THE X FILES
The first adults-only tradingcard game, XXXenophile, is out with artwork by some top illustrators. According to the creator, Slag-Blah Entertainment, each game takes about 15 minutes to play, but you may find yourself lingering longer over the 270 cards available, for some of them, such as Roxelana pictured here, are wonderfully sexy. A starter set of 60 cards plus game instructions is $9.95. Expansion packs of 15 cards go for $2.25 each. Call 800439-6874 to order.
Now that serious stogies are on everyone’s lips, it figures that custom cigar bands would follow. Legacy International, at 800-346-5540, offers 60 personal labels in designs such as the one shown here for $40. Or you can commission Legacy to create a custom band (the price is determined by complexity and quantity). Yes, the company also stocks premium smokes to slip inside your new bands.
If night-vision devices look like something Green Beret or Navy Seal teams might use in combat situations, that's because they are. Now sailors, campers, pilots, sportsmen and anyone else who wants to make like an owl in the midnight hours are investing in these military-developed optics because their amazing light-gathering technology brightens the night like you've flipped a switch.
DONNA D’ERRICO—THE HOTTEST NEW BAYWATCH BABE IS ANOTHER FABULOUS PLAYMATE. CAN YOU BELIEVE YOUR LUCK? CLINTON’S OCTOBER SURPRISE—WHAT DOES HE HAVE UP HIS SLEEVE TO CLINCH THE ELECTION? OUR SPY KNOWS—HUMOR BY CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY RALPH REED—THE POSTER BOY FOR CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS HAS RAILED AGAINST ABORTION, GAY RIGHTS AND MAINSTREAM SOFTIES.