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(RTTNews) - Bob Guccione, who founded the hardcore magazine Penthouse, has died of cancer at the age of 79. He passed away on Wednesday at his home in Plano, Texas.

 

Guccione worked as a journalist in England in the early 1960s before bringing Penthouse magazine to the U.S. in 1969. The magazine, which featured raunchier content than its competitor Playboy, and which first brought full-frontal nudity to similar mainstream magazines, grossed over four billion dollars in its first 30 years.

 

Penthouse also sparked controversy over many of its stories, including the resignation of 1984 Miss America Vanessa Williams after publishing nude photos of her.

 

After making a fortune on his magazine and living a lavish lifestyle, a series of failed investments and the rise of Internet pornography led to Penthouse's parent company filing for bankruptcy. Guccione — who lost his home and his magazine - then resigned as CEO in 2004.

 

His fourth wife, April Dawn Warren Guccione, and two of his four children, were present at the home at the time of his death.

 

by RTT Staff Writer

 

 

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(RTTNews) - Bob Guccione, who founded the hardcore magazine Penthouse, has died of cancer at the age of 79. He passed away on Wednesday at his home in Plano, Texas.

 

Guccione worked as a journalist in England in the early 1960s before bringing Penthouse magazine to the U.S. in 1969. The magazine, which featured raunchier content than its competitor Playboy, and which first brought full-frontal nudity to similar mainstream magazines, grossed over four billion dollars in its first 30 years.

 

Penthouse also sparked controversy over many of its stories, including the resignation of 1984 Miss America Vanessa Williams after publishing nude photos of her.

 

After making a fortune on his magazine and living a lavish lifestyle, a series of failed investments and the rise of Internet pornography led to Penthouse's parent company filing for bankruptcy. Guccione — who lost his home and his magazine - then resigned as CEO in 2004.

 

His fourth wife, April Dawn Warren Guccione, and two of his four children, were present at the home at the time of his death.

 

by RTT Staff Writer

 

 

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Those were the dayz...

Back when beavers still sported pelts...

Raunchier? with those fogged out of focus dreammy Penthouse shots? naw...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now , Hustler with it's Hustler Huny of the Month, Chester the Molester and 'Sorry I Busted yer Cunt" cartoons...had the raunchy content sowed up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'So much Hogsflesh' to the Pyewhackett Masters of the World...Yet...

 

"Half the $$$ and all the Charms" how could a businessman resist???

 

'Like taking candy from a baby,' that.

 

:Feet-Up[1]:

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Now , Hustler ...

 

But, ... that was something like 5 years, or more, after Penthouse

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But, ... that was something like 5 years, or more, after Penthouse

 

 

Yup, spose they all used a bit of shock value to gain attention & sales when they first came out...there were many smaller efforts made around this time that had the raunch angle years before Hustler..

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Ah yes.

I found out where the old man stashed his cache of Penthouse and Playboy mags when I was a kid.

I had to make sure I put them back in the same order they were in when I found them so's I wouldn't get caught.

I'm pretty sure he knew I was sneaking a peak.

 

Fun stuff.

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Brock has got to be devastated....

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:I-Agree[1]:

 

Hell, I'm DEVASTATED !!

 

Great magazine !!

 

R I P B.Guccione,

 

:Beer-Chug[1]:

 

Dave

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Ah yes.

I found out where the old man stashed his cache of Penthouse and Playboy mags when I was a kid.

I had to make sure I put them back in the same order they were in when I found them so's I wouldn't get caught.

I'm pretty sure he knew I was sneaking a peak.

 

Really - d'ya think the fact that the "letters" section and the centrefold were all stuck together might have been a dead giveaway?

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Really - d'ya think the fact that the "letters" section and the centrefold were all stuck together might have been a dead giveaway?

fuck you (lol)

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Damn...there goes another one of my childhood heroes

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