Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Rest in peace, Playgirl

A confession (and you better appreciate it 'cause I don't do confessions on this blog that often).

Back when I was 15 or so and living upstate New York and struggling to understand my attraction to men, I used to rob convenience stores. Yes! I was a drive-by-store gang banger!!!

Except I was a big-nosed and pimple-proned geek (hawt!). And I didn't use a gun. Just stealth. And, hm, I also got caught. Which is probably why my life of crime was cut short.

In my hands when I got caught? The latest issues of Inches, Playgirl and Blueboy! Yes! Blueboy (remember?).

Of course I was embarrassed and scared and all that but when I was asked the all-important question of "Why?" by the store manager I sincerely thought I had a winner when I said "Well, sir, you have to know, sir, that I'm an art major and... hm, we are taking a look at human anatomy, and... well..."

That didn't fly too well - dammit! - and I had to return all of the magazines anyway but at least he let me go.

Which is why today's news that Playgirl magazine will no longer be in the newsstands is such a sad and historic moment.

I guess I'm to blame 'cause I never actually bought a single issue and it is sales revenues that keeps our institutions alive. Then again, maybe it was the magazine's insistence it was just for women when it clearly (and mostly) wasn't.

In any case, rest in peace, Playgirl, I am certainly a little bit gayer because of you and that can't be a bad thing. It certainly is the end of an era.



Some Other Guy said...

I bought a copy at the Garden State Plaza- Schiller Books (Bob Blount was the model) as well as the Joy of Gay Sex when I was 15 or 16, 1977-78. Just relied on anonymity. Didn't have the nerve to steal books and mags (though I had no problem lifting Memorex cassetes until I too got caught). I guess budding gay kids rely on the internets.

Lito Sandoval said...

Ha Ha I remember boosting Playgirl, Oui, Penthouse and the book Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I sent in the tear out subscription card for PG and mailed it in using a made up female name. Then when collections would try and collect, there was no one there by that name.

Some Other Guy said...

Burt Reynolds sure was Alpha then wasn't he?

libhom said...

Another porno publication bites the dust because of the Internet.

Blabbeando said...

Lito! You went for the trashy straight porn! I used to get those from friends. You rock.

Some other guy! OMG! Joy of Gay Sex! I checked it out from the library - from the mobile library van, no less! The bearded guys were hot but some of the pictures were scary.

And Burt circa 'Deliverance?' Hawt!

Anonymous said...

woof! i can't remember what i did with a copy of inches i bought ages ago. i was so worried i'd get caught with it i think i threw it down the garbage chute at my apartment building along with a porn vhs tape. lol aaaah, repression.

Ron Buckmire said...

LOL... I do remember those.

My favorite was "Honcho" though and "Friction" (always more into the stories than the pictures for some reason).