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Post by pjknibbs » Fri, 29. Sep 17, 17:07

Morkonan wrote: Heffner, somehow, made it "fashionable." He successfully paired his magazine with a refined, sometimes even cerebral, and "cultured" image.
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He had a pocket full of magic pixie dust. That's the only explanation. :)
In many ways Playboy *was* refined. They published short stories by famous authors, had a lot of editorial content that wasn't just pictures of boobies, etc. In many ways, the magazine was quite tame by today's standards. What other porn purveyors seemed to do was to take the idea "Pictures of nekkid women sell!" and run with that, rather than bringing all the other stuff along with it, so I'd lay the blame on *them* rather than Playboy itself or Hugh Hefner.

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Post by Morkonan » Fri, 29. Sep 17, 17:27

I'd say he "innovated."

He figured out how to do what others could not, or would not, do. Other publishers took "smut" as an "also-ran" industry, frankly. Yes, it always made money, but nobody ever considered it could go "mainstream."

He made that happen.

Unfortunately, in today's world with on-demand smut and plenty of other formats for interesting subject matter, articles, topical stories, essays and the like, many magazines have trouble competing, especially porn mags.

I'd think the only ones that can still keep their heads above water either do so by their older customer base or are enabled by those who have a particular predilection for the medium, itself, and not necessarily just a "porn habit."

If we took Heffner's singular innovative instance and applied it today to this industry, he'd be the one that would figure out how to wrest people's attention away from the massive caches of internet porn to whatever it was he had come up with. For a time, at least.

There is also no denying that Playboy was/is of a higher artistic photographic quality and theme than most others, even today. Some very high quality photographers and production designers became more well known and respected through their work with Playboy. That also paved the way for magazines like "Sports Illustrated" and their "swimsuit issue" as well as other mags with more mainstream subjects that have diverted into the realm of "fashion photography", which is just really lightweight pornography in some instances.

I know I'm "going on" about all this, but in thinking a bit deeper on his impact, it's surprising how revolutionary and pervasive it actually was. Yes, I've seen documentaries about it and have read articles about it, but I haven't truly examined it in depth. Heck, it even changed advertising, marketing, entertainment media, as others picked up on the wave and rode it.. Fascinating stuff, really.

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Post by Retiredman » Sun, 1. Oct 17, 04:51

American game show host "Monty Hall" of "Lets make a Deal" game show has passed. Age 96

His name has been linked to computer/player games where lavish treasures
or that BFG weapon suddenly is acquired by the player.
It's a "Monty Hall" dungeon or a "Monty Hall" scenario.

RIP MH..Hope your reward is as lavish as what you gave.
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Post by Morkonan » Sun, 1. Oct 17, 16:14

Read a bit about him today.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/30/tv-shows/ ... index.html

His charitable works, more than his game-show hosting, demonstrates what a good man he was. (Qualified - I can't really judge anyone as "good", but whatever...)

I think that, perhaps, maybe he'd rather be remembered for that than as a host of a popular gameshow.

Still, I remember watching "Let's Make a Deal" when I was a kid and I always got a kick out it.

RIP, Monty. Your name became synonymous with riches and it appears your life was, as well.

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Post by red assassin » Sun, 1. Oct 17, 19:34

Monty Hall is, of course, also famous for (inadvertently) naming perhaps the most well-known counterintuitive probability theory example, the Monty Hall problem (not that the maths problem is actually quite how the game show really worked).
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Post by Morkonan » Tue, 3. Oct 17, 20:08

That one hits pretty hard. I hate it when old bards die. :( These are the sorts of artists that sign off on a generation's culture, helping to form it, bringing it to life, sometimes even shaping it.

Godspeed, Tom.

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Post by Incubi » Wed, 4. Oct 17, 11:48

With Tm Petty and High Hefner gone, here is a playboy article about Tom Petty. And yeah, people really did read the articles on playboy and for good reason. Historically, Playboy has had some cutting edge journalism. This is a nice article about Tom Petty.

http://www.playboy.com/articles/tom-pet ... -interview

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Post by korio » Wed, 4. Oct 17, 11:55

Paul S. Otellini, old Intel CEO died yesterday at 66.

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Post by pjknibbs » Mon, 16. Oct 17, 15:13

The comedian Sean Hughes has died--he was only 51:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41632761

Cirrhosis of the liver, apparently. I remember him mainly as the team captain in "Never Mind the Buzzcocks", he was great in that.

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Post by Cpt.Jericho » Mon, 13. Nov 17, 01:29

John Hillerman alias Higgins is dead. :cry:
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Post by mrbadger » Mon, 13. Nov 17, 08:29

I thought he was an english actor.
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Post by pjknibbs » Mon, 13. Nov 17, 10:09

mrbadger wrote:I thought he was an english actor.
Apparently a lot of people thought the same--shows what a good job he did!

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Post by Terre » Thu, 16. Nov 17, 18:04

WW2 Spitfire pilot Joy Lofthouse dies aged 94

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gl ... e-42012740
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Post by Rnett » Sat, 18. Nov 17, 17:31

Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... 64-w512164

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