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The Unsavory Legacy of Porn

When part of your body doesn't function quite the way it is supposed to, you often seek medical advice. For me, it was my hands; carpal-tunnel was suspected (and later confirmed). As my taxicab driver pulled over to drop me off at the doctor's office in downtown Chicago, he said, "Here you go—I know this building; it's the Playboy building."

Well, not exactly. Originally built in 1926, the 29-story American Furniture Mart on Lake Shore Drive was home to Playboy Enterprises from 1988 to 2012. Prior to that, the real "Playboy Building" was the 37-story Palmolive Building on North Michigan Avenue, where Playboy magazine was headquartered from 1964 to 1988. During those years, the top of...


is the executive editor of Salvo and Touchstone magazines.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #29, Summer 2014 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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