Penthouse Founder Bob Guccione Dies From Cancer

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October 22, 2010

Penthouse founder Bob Guccione has died at the age of 79.

He had been battling with cancer for a long time, and passed away at the Plano Specialty Hospital.

When it comes to racy magazines, Guccione’s Penthouse and Hugh Hefner’s Playboy dominated America for the last couple of decades, with each trying to outdo the other when it came to explicit raunchy material.

In 1984 it was Bob who one-upped his rival, publishing a crude spread of the first black Miss America actress/singer Vanessa Williams.

Penthouse also published some of the first nude pics of Madonna to be seen, as well as publishing work from Stephen King, Philip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates.

Bob was one of the richest men in the world at one point, even being named to the Forbes list of the most wealthy people in the world.

Unfortunately as with most good things, they end at some time or another and thanks to the internet and free porn, Penthouse lost its swagger, and Bob lost his millions, eventually having to file for bankruptcy in 2003.

Bob will be remembered for introducing us to the world of racy mags, a world that even though the internet has arrived, still holds a place in the heart of millions of men the world over.
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Jobthingy Jobthingy
I don't know what is more sad. The fact that a creator of a huge part of sexual history has passed or the fact that he had to go bankrupt :S
10/22/2010
CanMan CanMan
Wow thats terrible. Penthouse was my first dirty magazine.
11/24/2010
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