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DALLAS — Bob Guccione tried the seminary and spent years trying to
make it as an artist before he found the niche that Hugh Hefner left
for him in the late 1960s. Where Hefner's Playboy magazine strove to
surround its pinups with an upscale image, Guccione aimed for
something a little more direct with Penthouse.

More explicit nudes. Sensational stories. Even more sensational
letters that began, "Dear Penthouse, I never thought I'd be writing
you..."

It worked for decades for Guccione, who died Wednesday in Texas at the
age of 79. He estimated that Penthouse earned $4 billion during his
reign as publisher. He was listed in the Forbes 400 ranking of
wealthiest people with a net worth of about $400 million in 1982.

In 1984 it was the magazine that took down Miss America, publishing
nude pictures of Vanessa Williams, the first black woman to hold the
title. Williams, who went on to fame as a singer and actress, was
forced to relinquish her crown after the release of the issue, which
sold nearly 6 million copies and reportedly made $14 million.

But Guccione's empire fell apart thanks to several bad investments and
changes in the pornography industry, which became flooded with
competition as it migrated from print to video and the Internet. His
company, his world-class art collection, his huge Manhattan mansion –
all of it, sold off.

Guccione's family said in a statement that he died at Plano Specialty
Hospital in Plano. His wife, April Dawn Warren Guccione, had said he
had battled lung cancer for several years.

Guccione started Penthouse in 1965 in England to subsidize his art
career and was the magazine's first photographer. He introduced the
magazine to the American public in 1969 at the height of the feminist
movement and the sexual revolution.

Penthouse quickly posed a challenge to Playboy by offering a mix of
tabloid journalism with provocative photos of nude women. The
centerfolds were dubbed Penthouse Pets.

"We followed the philosophy of voyeurism," Guccione told The
Independent newspaper in London in 2004. He added that he attained a
stylized eroticism in his photography by posing his models looking
away from the camera.

Story continues below
Advertisement
"To see her as if she doesn't know she's being seen," he said. "That
was the sexy part. That was the part that none of our competition
understood."

Guccione built a corporate empire under the General Media Inc.
umbrella that included book publishing and merchandising divisions and
Viva, a magazine featuring male nudes aimed at a female audience. He
also created Penthouse Forum, the pocket-size magazine that played off
the success of the racy letters to the editor.

Guccione and longtime business collaborator Kathy Keeton, who later
became his third wife, also published more mainstream fare, such as
Omni magazine, which focused on science and science fiction, and
Longevity, a health advice magazine. Keeton died of cancer in 1997
following surgery, but Guccione continued to list her on the Penthouse
masthead as president.

Guccione lost much of his personal fortune on bad investments and
risky ventures.

Probably his best-known business failure was a $17.5 million
investment in the 1979 production of the X-rated film "Caligula."
Malcolm McDowell was cast as the decadent emperor of the title, and
the supporting cast included Helen Mirren, John Gielgud and Peter
O'Toole.

Distributors shunned the film, with its graphic scenes of lesbianism
and incest. However, it eventually became General Media's most popular
DVD.

Guccione also lost millions on a proposed Atlantic City casino. He
never received a gambling license and construction of the casino
stalled.

Legal fees further eroded his fortune. Among those who sued were
televangelist Jerry Falwell, a California resort, a former Miss
Wyoming and a Penthouse Pet who accused Guccione of forcing her to
perform sexual favors for business colleagues.

In 1985, Guccione had to pay $45 million in delinquent taxes.

The next year, U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese's Commission on
Pornography issued a report attacking the adult entertainment
industry. Guccione called the report "disgraceful" and doubted it
would have any impact, but newsstands and convenience stores responded
by pulling Penthouse from their magazine racks.

Sales dropped after the Meese commission report and years later took
another hit with the proliferation of X-rated videos and Web sites.
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Penthouse's circulation
dipped below 1 million in the late 1990s and fell to about 463,000 in
2003, the year General Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy. Over the first
six months of 2010, Penthouse reported circulation of barely 178,000.

"The future has definitely migrated to electronic media," Guccione
acknowledged in a 2002 New York Times interview.

In 2004, a private-equity investor from Florida acquired Penthouse in
a bankruptcy sale. Penthouse and related properties are now owned by
FriendFinder Networks Inc., a Boca Raton, Fla.-based company that
offers social networking and online adult entertainment, including
some with the Penthouse brand. FriendFinder made a bid this year for
Playboy, which now outsells Penthouse roughly 10 to one, but Hefner
has rejected it.

Guccione was born in Brooklyn and attended prep school in New Jersey.
He spent several months in a Catholic seminary before dropping out to
pursue his dream of becoming an artist. He wandered Europe as a
painter for several years.

April Guccione said her husband was working as a cartoonist and a
manager of self-service laundries in London when he got the idea of
starting a magazine more explicit and aimed more squarely at "regular
guys" than Playboy, which cultivated an upscale image.

Guccione's staff, which included family members, often described the
publisher as mercurial.

"He was a mass of contradictions, engendering fierce loyalty and
equally fierce contempt," wrote Patricia Bosworth in a 2005 Vanity
Fair article about Guccione, for whom she had worked as executive
editor of Viva.

"He hired and fired people – then rehired them. He could be warm and
funny one minute and cold and detached the next."

Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine and
the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure
outside funding.

Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.

Guccione's financial problems forced him to sell his art collection in
2002 at auction. The collection had been appraised by Christie's at
$59 million two years earlier. Four years later, he was forced to sell
his Manhattan mansion.

Guccione eventually went back to painting, and his works were shown at
venues including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio and the
Nassau County Museum of Art in New York, said April Guccione, who
married him in 2006. The couple moved from New Jersey to Texas in
2009.

Married four times, Guccione had a daughter, Tonina, from his first
marriage and three sons, Bob Jr., Tony, and Nick, and a daughter,
Nina, from his second marriage.

April Guccione said services for her husband will be private.

___

Former Associated Press Writer Gary Kane in New York contributed to
this report.
Tim J.
2010-10-21 20:26:23 UTC
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DALLAS — Bob Guccione tried the seminary
You sure it wasn't a semenary?
RichA
2010-10-21 20:46:04 UTC
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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine and
the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure
outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
What would that gold-chain wearing Guido know about art?
Barb May
2010-10-21 21:11:22 UTC
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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine
and the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to
secure outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
What would that gold-chain wearing Guido know about art?
If you had read the article you'd know that he was an artist. And he
certainly knew what art to buy.
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RichA
2010-10-21 21:50:52 UTC
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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine
and the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to
secure outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
What would that gold-chain wearing Guido know about art?
If you had read the article you'd know that he was an artist. And he
certainly knew what art to buy.
He was still a 1970's cliche. But I liked Omni magazine.
trotsky
2010-10-21 23:39:58 UTC
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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine
and the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to
secure outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
What would that gold-chain wearing Guido know about art?
If you had read the article you'd know that he was an artist. And he
certainly knew what art to buy.
Are you trying to say that Rich's collection of Cracker Jack prizes
isn't worth jack cheese?
trotsky
2010-10-21 22:57:55 UTC
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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine and
the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure
outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
What would that gold-chain wearing Guido know about art?
...said the anonyshit.
Rich
2010-10-22 02:08:30 UTC
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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine and
the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure
outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
What would that gold-chain wearing Guido know about art?
...said the anonyshit.
Why are you supporting him? He published Penthouse, not Playgirl.
trotsky
2010-10-22 15:07:43 UTC
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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine
and
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the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure
outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
What would that gold-chain wearing Guido know about art?
...said the anonyshit.
Why are you supporting him? He published Penthouse, not Playgirl.
I'm not supporting him, I'm dismissing you as an anonymous dog turd.
How is this confusing?
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He knew a lot about velvet Elvises and dogs playing poker.

Ubiquitous
2010-10-21 22:42:21 UTC
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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
And you posted this off-topic article here because?
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the liberal media and the Angry Left have been attempting to turn
our military victory in Iraq into a second Vietnam quagmire. Too bad
for them, it's failing.
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2010-10-21 23:35:07 UTC
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April Guccione said services for her husband will be private.
There will be private parts, anyway.

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2010-10-21 23:50:26 UTC
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April Guccione said services for her husband will be private.
There will be private parts, anyway.
How about the part when Jenny Taylia speaks?

Big J

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You must be gay. Or a woman.


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Bob Guccione Dead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
TERRY WALLACE | 10/21/10 06:58 AM | (ap logo), (ntvnat logo)
Read More: 2010 Media Deaths, Bob Guccione, Bob Guccione Penthouse,
Penthouse, Penthouse Magazine, Media News
DALLAS — Bob Guccione tried the seminary and spent years trying to
make it as an artist before he found the niche that Hugh Hefner left
for him in the late 1960s. Where Hefner's Playboy magazine strove to
surround its pinups with an upscale image, Guccione aimed for
something a little more direct with Penthouse.
More explicit nudes. Sensational stories. Even more sensational
letters that began, "Dear Penthouse, I never thought I'd be writing
you..."
It worked for decades for Guccione, who died Wednesday in Texas at the
age of 79. He estimated that Penthouse earned $4 billion during his
reign as publisher. He was listed in the Forbes 400 ranking of
wealthiest people with a net worth of about $400 million in 1982.
In 1984 it was the magazine that took down Miss America, publishing
nude pictures of Vanessa Williams, the first black woman to hold the
title. Williams, who went on to fame as a singer and actress, was
forced to relinquish her crown after the release of the issue, which
sold nearly 6 million copies and reportedly made $14 million.
But Guccione's empire fell apart thanks to several bad investments and
changes in the pornography industry, which became flooded with
competition as it migrated from print to video and the Internet. His
company, his world-class art collection, his huge Manhattan mansion –
all of it, sold off.
Guccione's family said in a statement that he died at Plano Specialty
Hospital in Plano. His wife, April Dawn Warren Guccione, had said he
had battled lung cancer for several years.
Guccione started Penthouse in 1965 in England to subsidize his art
career and was the magazine's first photographer. He introduced the
magazine to the American public in 1969 at the height of the feminist
movement and the sexual revolution.
Penthouse quickly posed a challenge to Playboy by offering a mix of
tabloid journalism with provocative photos of nude women. The
centerfolds were dubbed Penthouse Pets.
"We followed the philosophy of voyeurism," Guccione told The
Independent newspaper in London in 2004. He added that he attained a
stylized eroticism in his photography by posing his models looking
away from the camera.
Story continues below
Advertisement
"To see her as if she doesn't know she's being seen," he said. "That
was the sexy part. That was the part that none of our competition
understood."
Guccione built a corporate empire under the General Media Inc.
umbrella that included book publishing and merchandising divisions and
Viva, a magazine featuring male nudes aimed at a female audience. He
also created Penthouse Forum, the pocket-size magazine that played off
the success of the racy letters to the editor.
Guccione and longtime business collaborator Kathy Keeton, who later
became his third wife, also published more mainstream fare, such as
Omni magazine, which focused on science and science fiction, and
Longevity, a health advice magazine. Keeton died of cancer in 1997
following surgery, but Guccione continued to list her on the Penthouse
masthead as president.
Guccione lost much of his personal fortune on bad investments and
risky ventures.
Probably his best-known business failure was a $17.5 million
investment in the 1979 production of the X-rated film "Caligula."
Malcolm McDowell was cast as the decadent emperor of the title, and
the supporting cast included Helen Mirren, John Gielgud and Peter
O'Toole.
Distributors shunned the film, with its graphic scenes of lesbianism
and incest. However, it eventually became General Media's most popular
DVD.
Guccione also lost millions on a proposed Atlantic City casino. He
never received a gambling license and construction of the casino
stalled.
Legal fees further eroded his fortune. Among those who sued were
televangelist Jerry Falwell, a California resort, a former Miss
Wyoming and a Penthouse Pet who accused Guccione of forcing her to
perform sexual favors for business colleagues.
In 1985, Guccione had to pay $45 million in delinquent taxes.
The next year, U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese's Commission on
Pornography issued a report attacking the adult entertainment
industry. Guccione called the report "disgraceful" and doubted it
would have any impact, but newsstands and convenience stores responded
by pulling Penthouse from their magazine racks.
Sales dropped after the Meese commission report and years later took
another hit with the proliferation of X-rated videos and Web sites.
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Penthouse's circulation
dipped below 1 million in the late 1990s and fell to about 463,000 in
2003, the year General Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy. Over the first
six months of 2010, Penthouse reported circulation of barely 178,000.
"The future has definitely migrated to electronic media," Guccione
acknowledged in a 2002 New York Times interview.
In 2004, a private-equity investor from Florida acquired Penthouse in
a bankruptcy sale. Penthouse and related properties are now owned by
FriendFinder Networks Inc., a Boca Raton, Fla.-based company that
offers social networking and online adult entertainment, including
some with the Penthouse brand. FriendFinder made a bid this year for
Playboy, which now outsells Penthouse roughly 10 to one, but Hefner
has rejected it.
Guccione was born in Brooklyn and attended prep school in New Jersey.
He spent several months in a Catholic seminary before dropping out to
pursue his dream of becoming an artist. He wandered Europe as a
painter for several years.
April Guccione said her husband was working as a cartoonist and a
manager of self-service laundries in London when he got the idea of
starting a magazine more explicit and aimed more squarely at "regular
guys" than Playboy, which cultivated an upscale image.
Guccione's staff, which included family members, often described the
publisher as mercurial.
"He was a mass of contradictions, engendering fierce loyalty and
equally fierce contempt," wrote Patricia Bosworth in a 2005 Vanity
Fair article about Guccione, for whom she had worked as executive
editor of Viva.
"He hired and fired people – then rehired them. He could be warm and
funny one minute and cold and detached the next."
Guccione's management style even sparked a rift with his own son, Bob
Guccione Jr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, with Bob Jr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine and
the elder Guccione decided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure
outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowed Guccione to amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
Guccione's financial problems forced him to sell his art collection in
2002 at auction. The collection had been appraised by Christie's at
$59 million two years earlier. Four years later, he was forced to sell
his Manhattan mansion.
Guccione eventually went back to painting, and his works were shown at
venues including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio and the
Nassau County Museum of Art in New York, said April Guccione, who
married him in 2006. The couple moved from New Jersey to Texas in
2009.
Married four times, Guccione had a daughter, Tonina, from his first
marriage and three sons, Bob Jr., Tony, and Nick, and a daughter,
Nina, from his second marriage.
April Guccione said services for her husband will be private.
___
Former Associated Press Writer Gary Kane in New York contributed to
this report.
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DALLAS — Bob Guccione tried the seminary and spent years trying to
make it as an artist before he found the niche that Hugh Hefner left
for him in the late 1960s. Where Hefner's Playboy magazine strove to
surround its pinups with an upscale image, Guccione aimed for
something a little more direct with Penthouse.
So you had no thoughts to ad other than in your header?
Your mom still won't let you have Penthouse?
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DALLAS —BobGuccionetried the seminary and spent years trying to
make it as an artist before he found the niche that Hugh Hefner left
for him in the late 1960s. Where Hefner's Playboy magazine strove to
surround its pinups with an upscale image,Guccioneaimed for
something a little more direct with Penthouse.
More explicit nudes. Sensational stories. Even more sensational
letters that began, "Dear Penthouse, I never thought I'd be writing
you..."
It worked for decades forGuccione, who died Wednesday in Texas at the
age of 79. He estimated that Penthouse earned $4 billion during his
reign as publisher. He was listed in the Forbes 400 ranking of
wealthiest people with a net worth of about $400 million in 1982.
In 1984 it was the magazine that took down Miss America, publishing
nude pictures of Vanessa Williams, the first black woman to hold the
title. Williams, who went on to fame as a singer and actress, was
forced to relinquish her crown after the release of the issue, which
sold nearly 6 million copies and reportedly made $14 million.
ButGuccione'sempire fell apart thanks to several bad investments and
changes in the pornography industry, which became flooded with
competition as it migrated from print to video and the Internet. His
company, his world-class art collection, his huge Manhattan mansion –
all of it, sold off.
Guccione'sfamily said in a statement that he died at Plano Specialty
Hospital in Plano. His wife, April Dawn WarrenGuccione, had said he
had battled lung cancer for several years.
Guccionestarted Penthouse in 1965 in England to subsidize his art
career and was the magazine's first photographer. He introduced the
magazine to the American public in 1969 at the height of the feminist
movement and the sexual revolution.
Penthouse quickly posed a challenge to Playboy by offering a mix of
tabloid journalism with provocative photos of nude women. The
centerfolds were dubbed Penthouse Pets.
"We followed the philosophy of voyeurism,"Guccionetold The
Independent newspaper in London in 2004. He added that he attained a
stylized eroticism in his photography by posing his models looking
away from the camera.
Story continues below
Advertisement
"To see her as if she doesn't know she's being seen," he said. "That
was the sexy part. That was the part that none of our competition
understood."
Guccionebuilt a corporate empire under the General Media Inc.
umbrella that included book publishing and merchandising divisions and
Viva, a magazine featuring male nudes aimed at a female audience. He
also created Penthouse Forum, the pocket-size magazine that played off
the success of the racy letters to the editor.
Guccioneand longtime business collaborator Kathy Keeton, who later
became his third wife, also published more mainstream fare, such as
Omni magazine, which focused on science and science fiction, and
Longevity, a health advice magazine. Keeton died of cancer in 1997
following surgery, butGuccionecontinued to list her on the Penthouse
masthead as president.
Guccionelost much of his personal fortune on bad investments and
risky ventures.
Probably his best-known business failure was a $17.5 million
investment in the 1979 production of the X-rated film "Caligula."
Malcolm McDowell was cast as the decadent emperor of the title, and
the supporting cast included Helen Mirren, John Gielgud and Peter
O'Toole.
Distributors shunned the film, with its graphic scenes of lesbianism
and incest. However, it eventually became General Media's most popular
DVD.
Guccionealso lost millions on a proposed Atlantic City casino. He
never received a gambling license and construction of the casino
stalled.
Legal fees further eroded his fortune. Among those who sued were
televangelist Jerry Falwell, a California resort, a former Miss
Wyoming and a Penthouse Pet who accusedGuccioneof forcing her to
perform sexual favors for business colleagues.
In 1985,Guccionehad to pay $45 million in delinquent taxes.
The next year, U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese's Commission on
Pornography issued a report attacking the adult entertainment
industry.Guccionecalled the report "disgraceful" and doubted it
would have any impact, but newsstands and convenience stores responded
by pulling Penthouse from their magazine racks.
Sales dropped after the Meese commission report and years later took
another hit with the proliferation of X-rated videos and Web sites.
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Penthouse's circulation
dipped below 1 million in the late 1990s and fell to about 463,000 in
2003, the year General Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy. Over the first
six months of 2010, Penthouse reported circulation of barely 178,000.
"The future has definitely migrated to electronic media,"Guccione
acknowledged in a 2002 New York Times interview.
In 2004, a private-equity investor from Florida acquired Penthouse in
a bankruptcy sale. Penthouse and related properties are now owned by
FriendFinder Networks Inc., a Boca Raton, Fla.-based company that
offers social networking and online adult entertainment, including
some with the Penthouse brand. FriendFinder made a bid this year for
Playboy, which now outsells Penthouse roughly 10 to one, but Hefner
has rejected it.
Guccionewas born in Brooklyn and attended prep school in New Jersey.
He spent several months in a Catholic seminary before dropping out to
pursue his dream of becoming an artist. He wandered Europe as a
painter for several years.
AprilGuccionesaid her husband was working as a cartoonist and a
manager of self-service laundries in London when he got the idea of
starting a magazine more explicit and aimed more squarely at "regular
guys" than Playboy, which cultivated an upscale image.
Guccione'sstaff, which included family members, often described the
publisher as mercurial.
"He was a mass of contradictions, engendering fierce loyalty and
equally fierce contempt," wrote Patricia Bosworth in a 2005 Vanity
Fair article aboutGuccione, for whom she had worked as executive
editor of Viva.
"He hired and fired people – then rehired them. He could be warm and
funny one minute and cold and detached the next."
Guccione'smanagement style even sparked a rift with his own son,BobGuccioneJr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, withBobJr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine and
the elderGuccionedecided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure
outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowedGuccioneto amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
Guccione'sfinancial problems forced him to sell his art collection in
2002 at auction. The collection had been appraised by Christie's at
$59 million two years earlier. Four years later, he was forced to sell
his Manhattan mansion.
Guccioneeventually went back to painting, and his works were shown at
venues including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio and the
Nassau County Museum of Art in New York, said AprilGuccione, who
married him in 2006. The couple moved from New Jersey to Texas in
2009.
Married four times,Guccionehad a daughter, Tonina, from his first
marriage and three sons,BobJr., Tony, and Nick, and a daughter,
Nina, from his second marriage.
AprilGuccionesaid services for her husband will be private.
___
Former Associated Press Writer Gary Kane in New York contributed to
this report.
I rmember once in in an interview he said that the paintings he paints
are masterpieces, is this really true? They look like they are.
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BobGuccioneDead: Penthouse Founder Dies At 79
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DALLAS —BobGuccionetried the seminary and spent years trying to
make it as an artist before he found the niche that Hugh Hefner left
for him in the late 1960s. Where Hefner's Playboy magazine strove to
surround its pinups with an upscale image,Guccioneaimed for
something a little more direct with Penthouse.
More explicit nudes. Sensational stories. Even more sensational
letters that began, "Dear Penthouse, I never thought I'd be writing
you..."
It worked for decades forGuccione, who died Wednesday in Texas at the
age of 79. He estimated that Penthouse earned $4 billion during his
reign as publisher. He was listed in the Forbes 400 ranking of
wealthiest people with a net worth of about $400 million in 1982.
In 1984 it was the magazine that took down Miss America, publishing
nude pictures of Vanessa Williams, the first black woman to hold the
title. Williams, who went on to fame as a singer and actress, was
forced to relinquish her crown after the release of the issue, which
sold nearly 6 million copies and reportedly made $14 million.
ButGuccione'sempire fell apart thanks to several bad investments and
changes in the pornography industry, which became flooded with
competition as it migrated from print to video and the Internet. His
company, his world-class art collection, his huge Manhattan mansion –
all of it, sold off.
Guccione'sfamily said in a statement that he died at Plano Specialty
Hospital in Plano. His wife, April Dawn WarrenGuccione, had said he
had battled lung cancer for several years.
Guccionestarted Penthouse in 1965 in England to subsidize his art
career and was the magazine's first photographer. He introduced the
magazine to the American public in 1969 at the height of the feminist
movement and the sexual revolution.
Penthouse quickly posed a challenge to Playboy by offering a mix of
tabloid journalism with provocative photos of nude women. The
centerfolds were dubbed Penthouse Pets.
"We followed the philosophy of voyeurism,"Guccionetold The
Independent newspaper in London in 2004. He added that he attained a
stylized eroticism in his photography by posing his models looking
away from the camera.
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"To see her as if she doesn't know she's being seen," he said. "That
was the sexy part. That was the part that none of our competition
understood."
Guccionebuilt a corporate empire under the General Media Inc.
umbrella that included book publishing and merchandising divisions and
Viva, a magazine featuring male nudes aimed at a female audience. He
also created Penthouse Forum, the pocket-size magazine that played off
the success of the racy letters to the editor.
Guccioneand longtime business collaborator Kathy Keeton, who later
became his third wife, also published more mainstream fare, such as
Omni magazine, which focused on science and science fiction, and
Longevity, a health advice magazine. Keeton died of cancer in 1997
following surgery, butGuccionecontinued to list her on the Penthouse
masthead as president.
Guccionelost much of his personal fortune on bad investments and
risky ventures.
Probably his best-known business failure was a $17.5 million
investment in the 1979 production of the X-rated film "Caligula."
Malcolm McDowell was cast as the decadent emperor of the title, and
the supporting cast included Helen Mirren, John Gielgud and Peter
O'Toole.
Distributors shunned the film, with its graphic scenes of lesbianism
and incest. However, it eventually became General Media's most popular
DVD.
Guccionealso lost millions on a proposed Atlantic City casino. He
never received a gambling license and construction of the casino
stalled.
Legal fees further eroded his fortune. Among those who sued were
televangelist Jerry Falwell, a California resort, a former Miss
Wyoming and a Penthouse Pet who accusedGuccioneof forcing her to
perform sexual favors for business colleagues.
In 1985,Guccionehad to pay $45 million in delinquent taxes.
The next year, U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese's Commission on
Pornography issued a report attacking the adult entertainment
industry.Guccionecalled the report "disgraceful" and doubted it
would have any impact, but newsstands and convenience stores responded
by pulling Penthouse from their magazine racks.
Sales dropped after the Meese commission report and years later took
another hit with the proliferation of X-rated videos and Web sites.
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Penthouse's circulation
dipped below 1 million in the late 1990s and fell to about 463,000 in
2003, the year General Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy. Over the first
six months of 2010, Penthouse reported circulation of barely 178,000.
"The future has definitely migrated to electronic media,"Guccione
acknowledged in a 2002 New York Times interview.
In 2004, a private-equity investor from Florida acquired Penthouse in
a bankruptcy sale. Penthouse and related properties are now owned by
FriendFinder Networks Inc., a Boca Raton, Fla.-based company that
offers social networking and online adult entertainment, including
some with the Penthouse brand. FriendFinder made a bid this year for
Playboy, which now outsells Penthouse roughly 10 to one, but Hefner
has rejected it.
Guccionewas born in Brooklyn and attended prep school in New Jersey.
He spent several months in a Catholic seminary before dropping out to
pursue his dream of becoming an artist. He wandered Europe as a
painter for several years.
AprilGuccionesaid her husband was working as a cartoonist and a
manager of self-service laundries in London when he got the idea of
starting a magazine more explicit and aimed more squarely at "regular
guys" than Playboy, which cultivated an upscale image.
Guccione'sstaff, which included family members, often described the
publisher as mercurial.
"He was a mass of contradictions, engendering fierce loyalty and
equally fierce contempt," wrote Patricia Bosworth in a 2005 Vanity
Fair article aboutGuccione, for whom she had worked as executive
editor of Viva.
"He hired and fired people – then rehired them. He could be warm and
funny one minute and cold and detached the next."
Guccione'smanagement style even sparked a rift with his own son,BobGuccioneJr. In 1985, the publisher helped his son launch the music
magazine Spin, withBobJr. serving as editor and publisher. After
just two years, the two clashed over the direction of the magazine and
the elderGuccionedecided to shut it down, forcing his son to secure
outside funding.
Success as a publisher allowedGuccioneto amass an impressive art
collection, which included paintings by El Greco, Modigliani, Dali,
Degas, Matisse and Picasso. The works adorned his 30-room, 22,000-
square-foot mansion in New York City.
Guccione'sfinancial problems forced him to sell his art collection in
2002 at auction. The collection had been appraised by Christie's at
$59 million two years earlier. Four years later, he was forced to sell
his Manhattan mansion.
Guccioneeventually went back to painting, and his works were shown at
venues including the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio and the
Nassau County Museum of Art in New York, said AprilGuccione, who
married him in 2006. The couple moved from New Jersey to Texas in
2009.
Married four times,Guccionehad a daughter, Tonina, from his first
marriage and three sons,BobJr., Tony, and Nick, and a daughter,
Nina, from his second marriage.
AprilGuccionesaid services for her husband will be private.
___
Former Associated Press Writer Gary Kane in New York contributed to
this report.
I rmember once in in an interview he said that the paintings he paints
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I think he was a master, but I am not an art critic.
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