From the Editor
Timothy Leary's escape from a California prison late last summer and his subsequent rambling endorsement of the Weathermen, which appeared in the underground press, caught us--as well as the authorities--by surprise. We had interviewed Leary (September 1966) and published an article of his (Episode
Letters to the Editor
Address Playboy Magazine • Playboy Building, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611 Actor's Actor I just finished your personality piece Great Scott! (Playboy, April). Saul Braun has written an excellent article about an excellent man and actor, George C. Scott. The insights into the man, at
Ordinarily, a pizza convention might not have piqued our journalistic curiosity, but this one--a "regional symposium"--happened to be just four blocks from our office and afforded the opportunity to stretch our legs and maybe even score for a slice or two. At first glance, it seemed like a typical h
It's been nearly a decade since James Baldwin startled white liberals with The Fire Next Time, in which he announced that white was joyless, black was beautiful and old dreams of racial integration were irrelevant. "Black has become a beautiful color," Baldwin explained in a typically unsentimental
Over the river and through the woods, then take a left, and still there are miles to go before you dine--or so it seems if you're traveling from downtown Chicago to the Dragon Inn (18431 South Halsted Street) in south suburban Glenwood. But it's well worth the trip (by car, not by cab). The Dragon s
A recent work "discovered" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York has won its wings for theatrical release. The young producing-directing team of Joel L. Freedman and Philip F. Messina lucked into Skezag through a chance meeting with a drug hustler on an East Village street corner. Skezag
The game has been popular for years--no doubt because it requires only one pop star with a few relatives. It begins when someone like James Taylor hits with a 1,000,000-selling record and plenty of press; then, before you can say "I've seen fire and I've seen rain," the game is on--and suddenly it's
Take a deep breath before entering the world of Follies. Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim's enterprise challenges musical form and tradition on an even larger scale than their hit Company. This show is immense--technically and artistically, as well as physically. On the surface, it's a lovelorn le
Revolutionary Repression When I was young--over a decade ago--the sexual revolution was a healthy rebellion against the more idiotic taboos of orthodox churches. It was an assertion of simple, common-sense propositions based on tolerance, laissez faire and humanistic rationalism. The left, still hun
Up the Flagpole Washington, D. C.--The U. S. Supreme Court, by dividing evenly, upheld the flag-desecration conviction of New York City art-gallery owner Stephen Radich, who exhibited a construction consisting of a U. S. flag draped around a sculptured penis. Attorneys for the exhibitor argued that
In a year when the success of "Love Story" has shown signs of persuading the ailing American film industry to grind out a plethora of mawkish romances, John Cassavetes has singlehandedly scored a major victory for realism. In "Husbands," which he wrote, directed and starred in, Cassavetes limned an
It takes about an hour of driving southward out of Dublin to arrive at the small seaside village of Greystones. (For two months in the summer, it calls itself a resort.) Every day, four commuter trains from the city stop here and turn back, as if dismayed by the sight of the desolate beach of shingl
"I don't doubt that these are magic beans, sir, but I'd much rather have two bucks!"
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Everybody, but everybody, is watching and waiting. Two cameras are zooming in on his naked butt and bare phallus, and a flawless brunette--Debbie, all flaring hips and coal-black hair--is lying there cooing before him. Alex de Renzy, a gifted, no-nonsense director, is peering like a gynecologist fro
Earl L. Robertson
Six A.M. comes awfully early. Especially on Monday. Adeline was awakened this particular Monday morning by the sound of the alarm going off in her ear and the feel of Steve's hands between her legs, pulling them apart. She moved closer to him and forgot about the alarm. The alarm and Steve stopped t
During the First World War, the punishment for homosexuality in the French army was said to be execution. However, if you were an officer, you were allowed a final charge against the enemy, on the understanding that you got yourself shot. In one rather exceptional case, the accused, who was the heir
Playing through by the numbers:1. Staff model 8801 features stainless-steel-finished semi-blade head with concave back and straight tapered shaft with chrome finish, by Wilson, $18.75.2. Ping Anser putter has balanced heel and toe with floating face, by Karsten Manufacturing, $20.3. C-500 club has
"I'm not advocating censorship, mind you, but there should be more discretion in regard to where you show skin flicks!!"
Ken W. Purdy
Four in the afternoon, a cold day, a soft rain falling out of clouds almost low enough to touch the spires of the church: the cathedral in Coventry, England. It had been burned and blown into rubble on the night of November 14, 1940, by 500 Luftwaffe bombers in the longest raid England took during t
"A" and "V"
In the old days, a sex book didn't need an index. It was scarce, expensive or illegal--usually all three--which meant that the book passed back and forth among many readers, whose sweaty hands smudged and dog-eared all the interesting parts. One could let it fall open to the spicy places or else rif
Back in The spring of 1967, we previewed a white two-button and predicted a return to favor of that classic cooler--the ice-cream suit. Since then, more and more males have developed a taste for vanilla, and this summer, the white suit--in a variety of styles--has really come into its own as an all-
"A penny for your carnal thoughts, Pop."
Playmate, Centerfold, Pictorial
Heather van Every is understandably high on Denver, where the 19th step of the Colorado Capitol building is exactly one mile above sea level and the sky seems a distant, azure dome. Denver has been her home ever since she moved West from Chicago with her family when she was four, and she feels no de
Sitting at the breakfast table, the wife commented to her husband, "After I drink my coffee in the morning, I feel ten years younger." "Next time," he replied, "try a cup just before you go to bed." Our Unabashed Dictionary defines fur-lined athletic supporter as ball-to-ball carpeting. As he approa
"My encounter group turned into a gang-bang."
Richard M. Koff
With the careful disregard of their respective governments, two dozen eminent men were gathered last June in one of the great old grande luxe Swiss hotels. They strode familiarly down wide, carpeted halls--an Italian industrialist, a Belgian banker, two university presidents, a professor at MIT, the
"To compare women and the sea is an ancient practice," wrote Carleton Mitchell, winner of many trophies and distinguished chronicler of sailing, when we asked what the sport meant to him. "Those dedicated to both cannot think of wide waters and the craft that ply them as other than feminine. What el
I first met Natividad Abascal, who is a high-fashion model--as any fool can tell from these photos--when she came in to audition for my new movie. Bananas. We were looking for an old, white-haired man to play the part of Gramps in what someone with a macabre sense of humor (I believe it was I) calle
I carried my bag through the airport waiting room, gazing into faces, trying to look dignified, trying to transmit the message that I was the one. I was in disguise. That is, I was wearing a black suit and a black tie and my hair was slick and shiny with Dippity-do, combed back into a sweeping pompa
She was one of those girls who have gone out of style. They just don't seem to make them much any longer. Softly rounded and pink. Roses, frosted cake, light wine, waltzes. Men on the street would stare at her with that old-time twinge, thinking that, for Christ's sake, maybe loose hair, no bra and
"I'll toss you to see who takes the evidence away from her."
It took years of indoctrination to teach me that I was basically a no-goodnik and that life was a serious and intense struggle to amount to something. The long-suffering Jew may find it hard to believe my struggle, as, indeed, may the militant black, since my blood is pure Aryan and my skin is delic
"Remember, flower child, watch your pollen."
Photography by John Derek Although video's high-budget hoss opera The Big Valley, several family-type TV series and a Disney film provided fertile ground for nourishing her budding talents, 27-year-old Linda Evans decided the time was ripe for her to take on a role that was, in her words, "somethin
"Since I've been wearing copper bracelets, I feel much better--don't you think so, Mr. Hawkins?"
A young woman caught in sin was taken to the Dalai Lama for judgment. Her sin was so outrageous that his regent, who ordinarily enforced the laws, felt incapable of devising a punishment severe enough to fit the crime. She had been caught by her father having intercourse with a yak. But this was not
After 11 o'clock at night, King's Cross Station in London is virtually deserted. The bars, shops, restaurants and bookstalls are all dark and shuttered. Except for an occasional burst of whistling by a porter in some far-off recess or the sudden acceleration of a Royal Mail van, the gloomy interior
"Have I got a girl for you!"
"But, Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey, talking frankly about your sexual activities is pertinent to getting at the root of your problems."
John Bernard Handelsman
"What are you worried about? The youth movement is basically healthy. The really alienated dropouts like me are only a small, though vocal minority."
" 'They're playing our song'?! Who's playing our song?! "
"Well, I think that children should see affection between mature adults, although it would be better if that were Briggs."
A Young Woman
The Tafts of Ohio are probably the most distinguished family of Republicans in G. O. P. history. In the early years of this century, William Howard Taft was Teddy Roosevelt's Secretary of War, then his hand-picked successor as President and later Chief Justice of the United States. In the Forties an
After his victorious senatorial bout last November, most political observers--critics included--acknowledged that California's John V. Tunney, son of former boxing champ Gene Tunney, had proved himself a heavyweight in his own right. Hauling in a hefty 54 percent of the vote in his match against G.
"Women's Liberation? It's old hat to me--I've been living it for nearly 30 years and I wouldn't have it any other way." Life with Bella Abzug, a quintessentially emancipated woman who is currently serving her first term as Representative for New York's 19th Congressional District, is thus described
"And here's my dog, Spot."
"Didn't I hear you threaten to walk home a minute ago?"
"Joan Westlake is having an abortion."
"I'm glad you're twenty-nine, my dear. I prefer older women."
"Far out! I thought most cows just ate grass!"
"Better take your hand out ... this is my stop."
"Cap'n, we'd like to form a rock group!"
"Corny, but if it'll pull the kids in, I'll go along with it."
"But I mean this war has been going on for years. That would seem to give it a certain legality."
"Now, this may be a little painful, Mr. Fenton." "Now, this may be a little painful, Mr. Fenton."
"Say what you will, the kid can really handle a love song!"
"At last, my prince has come!"
"Come on, Boffo, it's time to get into your costume!"
TANN (Marvin Tannenberg)
"I don't care, Harry--overtipping is vulgar!"
"You should be making the same as the Pope!"
"No, thanks ... just browsing."
"Damn it, Cheevers, you might at least decant the port."
"I think we'd better check with the Parks Department."
"Your maw wouldn't lie to you, Jasper. I really don't know where you came from!"
"Sorry, doctor; house calls are out of the question at the moment, but any time you care to drop by...."
"For God's sake, Gilda--I've got a railroad to run!"
ALB (A.R. Saunders)
"Remember how we used to say nothing would ever come between us. . . ."
"Too bad your husband's out of town for the holiday weekend. He's missing all the fireworks!"
"If we get out of this alive, I'm quitting the space program!"
"Now will you go to bed with me?"
"It's nice to see youngsters taking an interest in nature."
"It's a blend of ground meats and tasty gravies appetizingly poured over a shingle."
"No, I'm not tired--just trying to remember why we were going upstairs."