Vintage Pulp Feb 28 2013
SPOTLITE ON CREATIVITY
The possibilities were simply endless.


At National Spotlite headquarters, probably about a week before this issue hit the streets, the editors were in crisis mode. They had no ideas for the cover. None at all. They had a photo. It’s the photo you see above. But they were blocked for headers.
 
Editor 1: “Woman desperate for husband says she’ll parade naked through town until someone marries her!”
 
Editor-in-Chief: “The Lady Godiva routine’s been done. Show some imagination. What the fuck am I paying you for?”
 
Editor 1: “This white beauty only makes love to blacks!”
 
Editor-in-Chief: “What, do you live in a cave? Can’t you see we’ve finally achieved a post-racial utopia where people don’t even see ethnic differences? Hell, I banged practically a rainbow of girls at last week’s love-in.”
 
Editor 2: “Doctors baffled! White beauty’s breasts give chocolate milk!”
 
Editor-in-Chief: “What did I just say?”
 
Editor 2: “But I’m emphasizing the science angle more than—”
 
Editor 1: “How about this idea? Hitler’s secret hippie granddaughter Sunflower Braun.”
 
Editor-in-Chief: “Bold, but Hitler doesn’t push sales anymore. Listen, what do I always explain? The photo tells the story. The girl is already naked, right, so how did she get that way?”
 
Editor 1: “Well, because that photographer guy Morty told her she needed nude shots if she was ever gonna break onto Broadway.”
 
Editor 2: “Pro photographer reveals ways you can lie to make desperate actresses strip for dirty pictures!”
 
Editor-in-Chief: “Not bad. Now listen to me edit-in-chief it. Take out “lie” and “desperate actresses.”
 
Editor 1: “Genius, boss.”
 
Editor-in-Chief: “Yup. That right there is why I make the big bucks.” 

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The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
November 20
1945—Nuremberg Trials Begin
In Nuremberg, Germany, in the Palace of Justice, the trials of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany begin. Among the men tried were Martin Bormann (in absentia), Hermann Göring, Rudolph Hess, and Ernst Kaltenbrunner.
1984—SETI Institute Founded
The SETI Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, the discovery of extrasolar planets, and the habitability of the galaxy, is founded in California by Thomas Pierson and Dr. Jill Tarter.
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1916—Goldwyn Pictures Formed
In the U.S.A., Samuel Goldfish and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures, which becomes one of the most successful independent film studios in Hollywood. Goldfish also takes the opportunity to legally change his last name to Goldwyn.
November 18
1916—First Battle of the Somme Ends
In France, British Expeditionary Force commander Douglas Haig calls off a battle against entrenched German troops which had begun on July 1, 1916. Known as the Battle of the Somme, this action resulted in one of the greatest losses of life in modern history—over three-hundred thousand dead for a net gain of about seven miles of land.
1978—Jonestown Cult Commits Mass Suicide
In the South American country of Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass suicide that claims 918 lives, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan, who had been visiting the makeshift cult complex known as Jonestown to investigate claims of abuse, is shot by members of the Peoples Temple as he tries to escape from a nearby airfield with several cult members who asked for his protection.
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