Guccione founded Penthouse magazine back when in order to look at boobs, you had to pay money, as opposed to typing "boobs," "porn," "pron," "nurse," "nature" or, heck, "biomolecular physics" into Google.
When Penthouse began, Guccione photographed most of the models himself, due to a so-called "lack of resources," thus trumping rival Hugh Hefner's "I read it for the articles" to win the coveted Most Unconvincing Excuse trophy at the 1969 Pornies.
Oct. 22 -- Rocky and Bullwinkle's Dad
Alex Anderson, creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Complications from Alzheimer's disease
If there's one thing we'll learn from Alex Anderson, it's that you should never pass up an opportunity to watch documentaries about annoying cartoon characters from the 1960s, especially when you're the one who created the characters. Because you might just find that your name was left out of the story, and that all the credit for your annoying-ass characters went to your former business partner and childhood friend. And then, if it's 1996, and you're Alex Anderson, you just might find yourself suing the shit out of your former business partner's estate and winning "court-mandated acknowledgment" of being responsible for this crapcicle:
And thanks to Anderson and his lawsuit, no one was ever exploited by the animation industry ever again (except the entire nation of South Korea).
Nov. 27 -- The Man Who Saved Star Wars
Irvin Kershner, film director
Irvin Kershner will always be beloved by nerds the world over for directing the best movie of all time. "I know," you say knowingly, "The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite movie too." Empire Yeah, right! We're talking about RoboCop 2. "RoboCop 2? The best movie of all time?" you reply, in a hoarse whisper. "That's not true ... THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!" Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
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