Sunday, January 24, 2010

SUNDAY FUNNIES with Gloria Steinem

Above: Publisher Warren, editor Kurtzman, assistant editor Gloria Steinem, and controller Harry Chester, the executive staff of HELP! Magazine.

Before Gloria Steinem was a household word and feminist icon she was an assistant editor at HELP magazine. In 1961 editor Harvey Kurtzman sent Gloria and artist Susan Perl to do an undercover story on the runner up of spas; Turkish baths. The story is below.

I think it is worth mentioning that in 1963 Gloria Steinem dressed as Bunny and did an undercover story of the PLAYBOY CLUB in New York City for the Huntington Hartford* magazine.. Did her experience with HELP help with that article?

Interesting, in the very near future her boss, Kurtzman went to work for Hugh Hefner at PLAYBOY magazine co-creating ANNIE FANNY with Will Elder.

And in 1972 Gloria Steinem co-founded MS. Magazine.

See how all the magazine publishing industry editors seem to be interrelated associates?

*Not that it has anything what so ever to do with article, Huntington Harford was the heir of the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P). I just thought it would be nice to know.

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Blogger kenju said...

I don't remember HELP magazine. I sure did enjoy the art work accompanying that article. I do remember when Gloria went undercover at Playboy.

5:17 AM  
Blogger joeb said...

Nice story Eddie. Bob Dylan's first wife Sara was a Playboy Bunny also.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

To be aware of HELP Magazine back then you just about had to be a follower of Harvey Kurtzman.

Thanks. Hey! One of my high school mates and also a friend's sister - they were Bunnies in the Atlanta Playboy Club. Which reminds me, once at the Atlanta Playboy I jived with Sally Kellerman

10:49 AM  

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