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Bob Guccione, the man who founded Penthouse and brought full frontal nudity close to the mainstream, if not firmly into it, has died at the age of 79. Guccione lost a long fight with cancer yesterday, Adult Video News reports, and died at the Plano Specialty Hospital in Texas. AVN recounts that the American-born Guccione was …

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re Caligula

I always remember the joke made by the Not The Nine O Clock News

Speaking of Sir John, he claimed that there was no mention of sex or brutality when he read the original cheque.

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Farewell then...

Guccione was also responsible for an outstanding magazine called Omni in the late 70s and early 80s. There was no t&a, just world-leading science fiction, superb artwork and photography, some of it commissioned specially, and high quality news and interviews with scientists and innovators.

The magazine lost its direction in the 80s and eventually became a not very interesting website. But I'll always be grateful to Omni for introducing me to a much wider and more interesting world, and for daring to try something different.

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To be fair...

...there was *occasional* T&A in Omni, but it was always scientifically justified (or needed to illustrate an SF story).

Mine's the one with the "Omni Future Almanac" (edited by Greg Bear) in the pocket.

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Perhaps we owe Bob Guccione a depth of gratitude more than we realise.

Perhaps we owe Bob Guccione a depth of gratitude more than we realise.

With the way the world is going over security, surveillance of ordinary citizens going about their normal business and the piece by piece erosion of our Western democracies, if it wasn't for Guccione we may well by now have returned to the very depths of 19th Century wowserism.

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Has anyone done the stiffy joke yet?

Sorry...

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Anonymous Coward

I guess you could say he's gone

to the Penthouse in the sky

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Dear Penthouse

I never thought it would happen to me, but I'm dead.

-- Bob Guccione

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Nice

"aware of the benefits of the self-service model."

That statement pretty much sums up, the entire porn business.

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Eh?

1. "Guccione was also responsible for an outstanding magazine called Omni in the late 70s and early 80s. There was no t&a, just world-leading science fiction,...". What world would that be? The one issue I saw seemed to be designed to illustrate Sturgeon's law.

2. "Readers' filthy letters." Right. Anyone who has ever worked as an editor knows how terribly most people write. Yet somehow thousands of adolescent horndogs can write like Henry Miller. The National Lampoon's "Letters from the Editor" was a bit more candid about the source.

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Re: Eh?

Letters get edited.

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Yes, and also now and then invented.

You are implying that Penthouse received these authentic accounts through the mail, ran them through the autoclave & then bashed the prose into conformity with the U. of Chicago Manual of Style? Well, Ms. Bee, kind hearts _are_ more than coronets, and simple faith than Norman blood.

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titular titter

"ran them through the autoclave" - Classic!

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