You’re Not Invited
Forty years ago, we’re told, one in four college-aged men bought Playboy, more than enough for Hef to purchase and pimp a DC-9, lovingly documented in this long-lasting airline porn. Yes, yes, that’s an eight-track tape they’re popping in the hi-fi, but we have to admit legitimate fascination with the two-inch videotape player on board. We didn’t know those existed outside TV stations.
But here’s the thing: It’s easy enough, at this distance, to giggle at the period quaintness of what’s depicted, not to mention the depiction itself. But what about the contemporary audience? Did they drool as intended? Or was the Space Age Bachelor Pad lifestyle already outdated the moment this was made in 1969?