February 6, 2015
FACE FULLY obscured but voice fully audible, Tom Bee rummages around the compartments of Franky Bradley's host stand, leading a one-man search party for something. Suddenly, his hand pops up like a periscope, waving a yellowed magazine half-shrouded in a black plastic bag. "Is this your Playboy ?" His cousin Mark Bee, owner and primary resurrector of this historic Center City space, shoots it a quick glance and nods. "Oh, yeah. There's a couple really good articles in there.
September 19, 2014 |
The day after the improbable news came out that Playboy had ranked the University of Pennsylvania as the top party school in the nation, the mood on Locust Walk was, like many things in the Ivies, mixed. There was pride: Penn had accomplished what no other Ivy League school had done - make the list. Not only that, Penn debuted at No. 1. Playboy has published such a list nine times since 1987, when California State University, Chico, took home the prize. Sophomore communications major Hope Mackenzie said she was among the many who felt honored by the designation.
September 17, 2014
WE WOULD have guessed it's the food trucks. Why else would Playboy magazine anoint the University of Pennsylvania with the coveted No. 1 ranking in its annual list of the nation's Top Party Schools? The poll is in the mag's October issue, which hits Friday. It's not jealousy that motivates Temple Tattle (a/k/a this reporter) to question how in the world the school on the wrong side of the Schuylkill earned what appears to be such an undeserved accolade. It's sheer incredulity.
August 27, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - Now in their 50s and 60s, 123 former Playboy bunnies - including veterans of the company's long-ago Atlantic City casino - still know how to make an entrance, work a room, and paint the town. "Being a bunny was like going to a party every day," explains Sandy Collison, 63, of Southampton, Burlington County. No one around the table disagrees. "When you put that costume on, you felt like a million dollars," says Ellie Dellorco-Lyman, 57, of Williamstown, who served cocktails in Hef's Lounge at the Atlantic City Playboy in 1981.
July 17, 2013 |
A scion of a well-known publishing family was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for stealing $3.6 million from his mother and mentally disabled uncle, money he used to finance a playboy lifestyle that included trips, jewels, and gifts for a stripper and a porn star. At a hearing in Philadelphia, U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis turned aside requests for leniency and instead gave Michael Scripps a punishment at the very top of the recommended sentencing range. Davis said he was baffled how a man born into immense wealth could fleece his own mother and uncle, a mildly autistic man who trusted him. "It's wrongful conduct of the highest degree," the judge said.
July 11, 2013 |
NORTHEAST-born and -bred Val Keil is Playboy 's Miss August. In the July/August issue of the lad mag, Keil poses in old-timey cinematic shots that recall the Golden Age of Hollywood ( sans Hays Code restrictions, of course). "I don't think there's been a centerfold in black-and-white in a long time, so I'm honored to have that," Keil told me, in an unmistakable Philly accent. "It makes me look so glamorous!" Keil, a 2009 graduate of MaST Community Charter School, decided to send her pictures to Playboy on a whim, telling herself she would be a Playmate of the Month or nothing at all. Playboy flew her out to LA, and weeks later she got a call from the mag saying that Hugh Hefner liked her pictures and he wanted her for the August centerfold.
May 31, 2013
AS SINGLE GUYS on the make around Center City for the past 30 years, playboy entrepreneur Harry Jay Katz and playboy defense attorney Chuck Peruto knew each other. How could they not? Philly is a small-town Big City. The movers and shakers, the cons and cops, they move in the same small circles, hang in the same clubs. There weren't that many hot spots back then. Maybe they saw each other at Artemis, or maybe elan, or maybe London Victory, or maybe the Library, all popular meet markets.
April 13, 2013 |
A scion of the Scripps media family was convicted in Philadelphia on Friday of fleecing his mother and mentally disabled uncle of $3.6 million, cash he spent on cars, jewelry, and a playboy lifestyle for himself and two women — one a stripper, the other a porn star. Michael Scripps, 36, did not flinch as a Philadelphia jury declared him guilty of fraud charges that could send him to prison for at least seven years, or as U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis ordered him immediately to jail.
March 24, 2013 |
Amid the glitz, glam and big-money office pools, it's easy to lose sight of an important fact: The collegiate student-athletes playing in the NCAA Tournament actually do attend college. In that vein, we have compiled a few facts about the institutions of higher learning invited to this year's Big Dance. Scoreboard What's the smartest school in the tournament? The answer, courtesy of data from the National Center for Educational Statistics, probably won't surprise you. Of the 68 invitees, Harvard has the highest median SAT range: 1410 to a near-perfect 1590.
January 29, 2013 |
Adapted from recent online discussions. Question: I do not know why I am so perturbed by my boyfriend's subscription to Playboy magazine, bought before he met me. We are not young, we're in our late 50s. He has volunteered to throw away issues still to come. I am happy about that. If he no longer wants the magazine because he has me, then we are in a good place. But I have a few reservations about what the man's mind-set is, and I do not know how to analyze the situation.