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Sep 15, 2004

Posing for the Camera with Evelyn Gery


Morgan and Evelyn at The Newsstand, Chapel Hill (click pic to enlarge, slightly)

Regular readers may remember the Morgan Week special which featured a week's worth of cartoons and quotes. In cartoon one, Morgan reflected on her unhappy past life as an office worker.

But as you can see from the above pic, Morgan is all smiles after a friendly chat with Evelyn Gery, cover model for Playboy's "ACC Coeds Go Wild" issue. Morgan and I arrived fairly late at the Newsstand's Tuesday signing, so there wasn't an impatient line of autograph seekers. While I set up my camera*, Morgan and Evelyn talked about Evelyn's shoot, their common undergraduate major (psychology), and Morgan's undergraduate thesis about Hugh Hefner.

Earlier, one of the Newsstand staff told me they didn't recognize Evelyn when she bought a copy from them on Sunday. Said the salesguy, "When she came up to buy the magazine, I asked if she knew any of the models, and she said 'I'm in it.' So I asked if she went to Duke, and she said, 'No, UNC.' Then after she left, I thought, 'wait, there's only one UNC girl in that episode and... hey, that was her!'"

In related news: Morgan continues to be a media-magnet. Today, a Chapel Hill News reporter interviewed her outside the Newsstand. Said Morgan, "I like pretty women. I'm here to see if she's all that." Full article here (Morgan quote at bottom).

As for me, I got a little weak in the knees when the Playboy PR woman motioned me in for my own photo with Evelyn and Morgan. Call me starstruck. Or maybe I'm getting the flu.


*By the by, I really need a new camera. My Nikon Coolpix 2500 has been fine for outdoor still photos, but it completely sucks for indoor photos with flash, or photos of anything that moves. If you click like crazy on my Google Ads**, I'll get a better camera soon. If you'd been clicking on the ads, the photo of Morgan and Evelyn would have looked a LOT better. Let this be a lesson to all of us.

**GoogleAd revenue so far: ~$75 for 80 days of me clicking on my own ads whenever I'm away from my home-office IP address. Truly a waste of time. But I'm determined.

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Wow, the article made me look more chauvinistic than the men. Honest, but chauvinistic. Can't wait to share with my femminist friends...

Posted by: Morgan | Sep 15, 2004 8:53:20 AM

If it's true that the camera adds ten pounds, that Playboy gal must be highly breakable in real life. Then again, the bunnies on Howard Stern are always like five-ten and 115. And most of that is saline.

Posted by: pinky | Sep 15, 2004 9:03:55 AM

Tell us more about the thesis.

A feminist

Posted by: Martha | Sep 15, 2004 9:41:48 AM

Dear "A feminist,"

The paper was an analysis of Mr. Hefner's personality and its relation to the "Playboy Image." Much of it was based on an excellent in-depth interview conducted with "Hef" by a reporter from Rolling Stone Magazine. Of course, Playboy issues were also part of the research (the articles...seriously).

What I found in my research basically contradicted all of my feminist instincts about such publications. Namely, Hugh is a perfectly sane, respecting-of-women kind of guy, who prefers writing philosophy and eating soup in his study rather than "petting the bunnies" as it were. Most people don't know this, but "Playboy" began as a philosophical and political magazine for "modern men." Hugh is very into both, and was looking for a way to share his thoughts with the rest of the world. Since the U.S. in the '50s wasn't exactly welcoming to his liberal ideals ("communist" as I think they would have called them), he couldn't get his magazine to sell. But, one day, in a brilliant marketing move, Hugh put a scantily clad woman on the cover and...BOOM! Playboy was selling like bottled water during hurricane season. Of course, there were plenty of critics, but there were also plenty of readers, and Hugh's voice was finally heard. Huzzah!

What I'm trying to say here, is that Playboy is far less degrading to women than, say, "Hustler," "Penthouse," or "Maxim" which are very much about objectifying women. "Playboy" is political, refreshingly liberal, and totally misrepresented by the feminist movement. If only more people read it for the articles...

Posted by: Morgan | Sep 15, 2004 9:24:11 PM

From News & Observer, 8 October 2004, By G.D. GEARINO, Staff Writer:


Malcolm D.E. Forbes, a UNC chemistry professor, probably wishes he had Sept. 14 to do over again. On that day, Forbes was spotted coming out of a Chapel Hill newsstand with 10 copies of Playboy magazine tucked under his arm. That was Mistake No. 1. Mistake No. 2 was confessing to a reporter for the Chapel Hill News that some of the photos that appear in the magazine's "Girls of the ACC" feature were shot at his home. (Important and pertinent fact: Forbes wasn't around while the naked coeds were cavorting photogenically.)

That noise you heard the next day when the story was published? That was the sound of outraged activists of the female gender demanding Forbes' ... uh, scalp.

Complaints were registered with UNC officials. An unhappy commentary was broadcast on WUNC radio. A rape crisis counselor called Playboy "the gateway drug of pornography." A pair of grad students lamented that "sexualized" relationships between faculty and students now seem to be OK.

Forbes then committed Mistake No. 3: He wrote a letter to the editor of the News, in which he waved away all objections and asked if everyone could "please get on with something important, like re-defeating Bush and getting us out of Iraq without further bloodshed?"

Boy, you rarely see that kind of tone-deafness on display these days.

Epilogue: Forbes apologized in a second letter to the News. Meanwhile, I propose that the gateway drug magazine consider a new motto: "The first one's free.""

Posted by: Phil | Oct 7, 2004 11:21:11 PM


Posted by: WILLITO | Nov 3, 2005 1:06:29 PM

Incredible the information one can get about one's son on google.I always thought that the more eclectic articles in Playboy were very well written.Nice to see his mind is not always stuck in twin spin.

Posted by: Dr. Jean A. Forbes | Jun 18, 2010 2:31:31 PM