Glamourcon 57: Playboy Playmates, pin-ups and a visit with Hef

With Monique St. Pierre (PMOY 1976), Hef, Patti McGuire Connors (PMOY 1977).
Glamourcon is described as a “celebration and marketplace of the glamour arts.”  It features dozens of Playboy Playmates from 6 decades as well as many other past and present glamour and pin-up models.  As Playboy’s December 1979 centerfold, I’ve attended quite a few of these get-togethers which, for me, is not only a chance to... Read more »

Go behind the scenes at Macy's Glamorama 2014 with Jason Derulo and Before You Exit (Video and Lotsa Pics!)

Before You Exit with Jason Derulo
For this year’s Glamorama presented by Macy’s, a sell-out crowd of nearly 1,500 enjoyed an hour long show at the Harris Theater that featured fall fashions from Calvin Klein, Ryan Seacrest Distinction (is there anything this guy isn’t involved in?), I.N.C., Tommy Hilfiger and more!  For the 5th year, this high profile event benefited Ronald... Read more »

Fashion show at 35,000 feet kicks off Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

A Runway in the Sky fashion show aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 904!
Southwest Airlines flight #904 returning from New York to Chicago gave customers quite a surprise when the flight was turned into a Runway in the Sky to kick off The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival.  Six Factor models took to the aisle-turned runway, showing off the latest fall fashions from Macy’s at Water Tower Place. The... Read more »
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As we are laid to rest: an ode to Robin Williams, Michael Brown, Kevin Ward, Jr. and too many others

As we are laid to rest: an ode to Robin Williams, Michael Brown, Kevin Ward, Jr. and too many others
As we are laid to rest, soothing eulogies wash over us. No more harm or horror can reach us. We are in a peaceful place, away from the terrors and tragedies of this turbulent world. Our hearts are filled with God’s love–we no longer need affirmation, liberation or have obligations. We are free. There are... Read more »

Rocker Billy Corgan has a soft spot for PAWS Chicago

Rocker Billy Corgan has a soft spot for PAWS Chicago
Gotta love pet-loving rocker Billy Corgan!  He’s taking a break from recording two new Smashing Pumpkins albums, due in 2015, to perform for the first time at Ravinia on Aug. 30 in his hometown of Highland Park, and people who support his pet project PAWS Chicago can win FREE pavilion tickets to this rare acoustic... Read more »

RIP Robin Williams--What you need to know about suicide

RIP Robin Williams--What you need to know about suicide
Oscar winning actor Robin Williams is gone too soon.  I was so shocked to hear the sad news that Williams died of an apparent suicide.  Sadly, I’ve lost too many friends this way and have realized one thing.  Suicide is not something you can ever predict. You can just never tell when someone is on... Read more »
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Emirates bash celebrates Chicago route with surprise guest

Lionel Richie makes a surprise appearance at Emirates bash at Navy Pier.
The Red Carpet snaked all along the side of Navy Pier and into the Grand Ballroom for the hotly anticipated Emirates gala celebrating the launch of its daily, nonstop service to Chicago that began on August 5.  Emirates Executive Vice President and COO Adel Al Redha and Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch were joined by... Read more »

I took my Playboy memorabilia to the Antiques Roadshow

Taking my Playboy memorabilia to the Antiques Roadshow in Chicago.  The first time in ten years the show has been in the Windy City!
It’s been ten long years since Antiques Roadshow was in Chicago and it took less than an hour for it to sell out completely!  We were watching PBS when the offer came up during its fundraising segment.  Our fingers flew to the phone and, as luck would have it, we were able to purchase two... Read more »

Academy Award winner Kevin Kline honored at Chicago International Film Festival bash

Chicago International Film Fest founder Michael Kutza presents Kevin Kline with a Career Achievement Award at the 50th anniversary of the Festival's Summer Gala.
Academy Award-winning star of stage and screen, Kevin Kline, was called a “national treasure” by both Robert Downey, Jr., and Siguorney Weaver at the 50th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival‘s Summer Gala where he was honored with a Career Achievement Award.  Kline, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “A Fish Called... Read more »
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Gary Sinise to honor nation's heroes at Inspiration to Action luncheon

Gary Sinise to honor nation's heroes at Inspiration to Action luncheon
Gary Sinise will honor our nation’s veterans,  defenders, first responders and their families with a special benefit luncheon, Inspiration to Action, at Arlington International Racecourse on Sunday, August 3. Proceeds from this day at the races will benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation which provides unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities... Read more »