Dann Hayes(Photo: Poweshiek County CR)Buy Photo
I begin my Playboy Club key – absolutely two of them – the added day.
When I heard that Playboy architect Hugh Hefner anesthetized away, I started cerebration of my canicule as a Playboy Club agenda accustomed member.
I started as a affiliate in aboriginal 1976 – I was branch into basal training at Fort Ord, Monterey, Calif., and anticipation “Why not?”
Once chat got out in the basal training unit, a cardinal of added assemblage associates asked if I could booty them aback I went to the club in San Francisco. Best of them ultimately joined, too.
After basic, I was beatific to AIT training. Aback activity to my AIT training assemblage at Fort Devens, Mass., I had a continued delay in Boston and was apprehensive what to do. Luckily the Playboy Club was abreast breadth I bent the bus.
The Playboy Club wasn’t absolutely annihilation appropriate – a adequate atmosphere for a night club/sports bar with women dressed in bunny outfits. Not abundant altered from Hooters or some of added sports bar/grills.
The Playboy Club agenda was bare for admission to the club. My aboriginal Playboy Club agenda was metal. That was cool. But that anon afflicted to artificial because the metal key would set off those metal detectors at airports.
I assumption the actual aboriginal “key” agenda was a rabbit-headed metal key.
Once I was stationed in Europe I approved to locate the Playboy Club in London, but couldn’t acquisition it. I absolutely had added things I capital to do added in London/England, so it wasn’t a priority.
After the Army, I came aback to the US and basically forgot about my associates – kept the cards as mementos.
The club was absolutely nice – abnormally for those of us who were in the military.
Each club usually featured a active room, a Playmate bar, a dining allowance and a club room. Associates and their guests were served aliment and drinks by Playboy Bunnies, some of whom may accept been featured in Playboy magazine.
The clubs offered name entertainers and comedians in the club apartment – as I recall, Bill Cosby was at the San Francisco club aback I was in California. There were additionally musicians and a archimage in the active apartment at times.
When I was a affiliate there was a austere dress cipher that was enforced.
A little trivia: In 1965 Playboy opened its British casinos afterward amends of bank in the UK. In 1981, the bank at 45 Park Lane was the best assisting bank in the world.
So, that is my history with the Playboy Club.
My dad had an old friend, Bill, from his Apple War II fleet who lived abreast us in the Washington D.C. area. He had the absolute accumulating of Playboy Magazines, including the aboriginal issue, Dec. 1953, which was undated – Hefner wasn’t abiding there would be a additional one.
One crazy day in the 1970’s, Bill told me he was activity to accord me his Playboy accumulating aback he anesthetized away.
It didn’t happen, but Bill and I had a acceptable time chatting about it.
Read or Share this story: http://dmreg.co/2wvw4AY