Happy Father's Day in heaven Richard John Collins

Happy Father's Day in heaven Richard John Collins
I hope everyone is enjoying a great Father’s Day celebrating the men who raised us, mentored us and supported us whether they were kin or friend. This day is always bittersweet for me as I’ve never really gotten over losing my dad, Richard John Collins. He died in October, 1985 at 81 years of age.... Read more »

Bandleader Stanley Paul's chic penthouse in Chicago, hosted society royalty, for sale

One of the chicest penthouses in the city is for sale now! If you know bandleader Stanley Paul, then you would not be one bit surprised at how very chic, elegant and charming his Old Town penthouse is. He is the penultimate in style and, of course, his 2,000 square-foot home reflects this in every... Read more »

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)

Playboy's new Playmate of the Year policy is so refreshing (and so inclusive) (VIDEO)
When Playboy recently decided to change its Playmate of the Year policy, I was dead set against it. I’m basically a traditionalist and I loved all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the selection of the Playmate chosen for this high honor, the one woman selected to represent all others for that particular year. But, after... Read more »
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"What will your essential service be?" Oprah's powerful message for the Class of 2020

"What will your essential service be?" Oprah's powerful message for the Class of 2020
During the 90 minute live-streamed commencement ceremony (I saw it on Facebook Watch but know it appeared on other channels too), co-hosted by Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak, a variety of stars gave advice to the graduating seniors including Jennifer Garner, Awkwafina,  Amy Schumer, Matthew McConaughey, Gloria Estefan, Selena Gomez, Ashley Graham, Gordon Ramsey, Marlee... Read more »

An homage to the moms who raised me and the lessons I learned

With my mom, Elsa Mae Stott.
On this day, as always, I’m thinking of the two women in my life who made me who I am. My birth mom Elsa Mae Stott and the woman who helped her raise me, Mary Lee Johnson. Mary was in our home when I was born as she helped take care of my grandmother. My... Read more »

Playboy Magazine falls victim to Covid-19: The end of an era for this iconic brand as it looks toward a digital future

Playboy Magazine falls victim to Covid-19: The end of an era for this iconic brand as it looks toward a digital future
I woke up to such sad news today. My beloved Playboy magazine may well have published its last print issue due to complications from Covid-19. When I shot my cover pictorial in the last Equality issue on October 22, everyone at the mag seemed so upbeat and positive about the future of Playboy and then,... Read more »
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Chef Takeover: A foodie fundraiser for Chef Art Smith's Common Threads on March 16

Chef Takeover: A foodie fundraiser for Chef Art Smith's Common Threads on March 16
Monday, March 16 will be quite the night at the Zhou B Art Center (1029 W. 35th) in Bridgeport when Common Threads’ founders Chef Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro bring Chef Takeover to Chicago! The big event will celebrate the 15th anniversary of this amazing nonprofit that provides nutrition education and programming in Chicago Public... Read more »

Jurassic Quest will be DINO-mite at Navy Pier!

Jurassic Quest will be DINO-mite at Navy Pier!
This will be DINO-mite! Dive deep into the Ancient Oceans with Jurassic Quest, the largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibition in North America is coming and is BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! With Ancient Oceans, Jurassic Quest guests will be transported back in time and under the sea into an immersive and interactive environment. This... Read more »

'Once a Playmate, Always a Playmate,' 40 years after my centerfold, I posed for another Playboy feature

The Equality Issue, a first for Playboy!
It was always Hugh Hefner’s (Hef’s) mantra, ‘Once a Playmate, always a Playmate,’ and I felt the full force of this after I was asked to fly to L.A. for another shoot for Playboy magazine a full 40 years after appearing as its December 1979 centerfold. The request, obviously, caught me completely off guard since... Read more »
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Playboy holiday party introduces The Equality Issue with Playmates and friends

With sister Playmates Victoria Valentino, Louann Fernald, Jean Tomasino Keough and Michelle Drake.
The Playboy Holiday Party was held at the Culver Hotel on December 11 and it was a little like old home week for me. I loved seeing some of the past Playmates there and it was great to get a first-look at the Winter 2020 issue, titled “The Equality Issue: Once a Playmate, Always a... Read more »