Intl. Notebook Apr 19 2010
Imperfections are only skin deep.

We found this promo shot of Jayne Mansfield someplace or other, and it appeals to us because of her visible flaws. That’s if you want to call cellulite a flaw. I mean, we get it—women hate the stuff. But this is where we confess a little personal info: one of us, specifically PSGP, used to work at Playboy, and, leaving aside all the phototrickery and computer manipulation that goes into making an art piece out of an imperfect woman, the fact is that our desperate pursuit of perfection has only led to yet more imperfection. For instance, there was a certain Playmate of the Year whose torso could only be photographed from one angle because her breast implants had been so horribly botched. Thus, a type of imperfection that never existed before—bad breast jobs—arose in the pursuit of perfection. Where most people will look at the image above and see a woman who needs some heavy leg press work, we see someone whose flaws—in this age of photos so retouched they don’t qualify as photography anymore—don’t even remotely diminish the allure of the woman as a whole. That said, our girlfriends don’t have cellulite, so maybe we’d feel differently had fat-ass Jayne ever heaved her bulk on top of us. Uh… did we write that or just think it? Dammit! 


History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
June 09
1973—Secretariat Wins Triple Crown
Thoroughbred racehorse Secretariat becomes the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in twenty-five years when he wins the Belmont Stakes. During his triple crown campaign, he sets new records in two of the three events (times that still stand today), and wins the Belmont in an astonishing thirty-one lengths.
June 08
1982—Satchel Paige Dies
African-American baseball player Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, whose pitching in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime, dies of a heart attack in his Kansas City home during a power outage. He had been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, becoming the first Negro League player to earn that distinction. In 2008, he is honored by the Hall again, this time posthumously, when a statue of him is erected on the premises.
June 07
1967—Dorothy Parker Dies
American poet and satirist Dorothy Parker, who was known for her wit and wisecracks, and was a charter member of famed Algonquin Round Table, dies of a heart attack at age seventy-three. In her will, she bequeaths her estate to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. foundation. Following King's death, her estate is passed on to the NAACP.
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