Original 35mm slide features Karen Sather taken by Bob Guccione in 1972. Provenance: The Estate of Bob Guccione, NJ, 2012.Subject:
When it comes to being good, goodie-two-shoes-type good, Karen Sather is the goodest, for this native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, admits to a personal innocence and purity that is almost poetic. Regard less of the contemporary preoccupation with amoral. Sexuality, she confesses to being "a secret puritan" at heart, a quality she has preserved from her impeccable student career. Known to her girlhood friends as the hardest-working, cleanest-living, starriest-eyed girl in school, she won a whole plethora of honors, scholarships and awards. She was vice-president of Wisconsin Association of Student Councils, and represented her state at the national convention in Baltimore in 1969, where she was introduced to President Nixon. She won the Governor's Award for outstanding service to her school. She not only made the National Honors Society, but was voted on to its board, and also won a five-year stipend, given only to very gifted student, to attend university and specialize in the training of handicapped children. By the time she was studying at university, Karen had shaped up into a highly promising (36-21-35) student, but she still possessed aspirations beyond the groves of academe. After a year's study, she took a summer vacation in New York, and following two secretarial stints in the city's 7th Avenue garment district, she came to work in the secretarial pool in the offices of Penthouse International. Spotted by Beverley Wardale, Vice president in charge of advertising sales, she was brought to the notice of Editor/Publisher Bob Guccione, who not only flew her to London to photograph this laudatory pictorial portfolio, but also appointed her as his secretary. "I believe, you see, that every woman should have a career and be able to support herself." she says in the carefully modulated voice that once won her (wouldn't you have guessed it?) first prize for vocal solo in the Wisconsin State Music Contest. ''I'd like to become Bob Guccione's fully-fledged personal assistant." says Karen. “I don’t believe in the Women's Lib philosophy, apart from the concept of equal pay for equal work, and I see working for Penthouse as the foundation of a long-term serious career in publishing." Karen was co-editor of her school newspaper, and her grandparents had their own newspaper business in Charleston. S. Carolina.
What does such a self-possessed, self-confessed good-girl think about men? “I firmly believe that love still counts. I might get laughed at, but it's important to me. I go out occasionally but not too often. I haven't any marriage plans-I still have plenty to do before I think about that. I like men who are dedicated to their career-men who are ambitious and sincere and successful yet who haven't let any of that spoil their talent for the common touch." Like all really feminine women, Karen prefers the company of men, enjoying their brand of honesty and humor, and is suspicious in the company of other women. "If a man hates you, he will tell you to get out of his life. A woman never does. She keeps on pretending to like you, for her own reasons." In personal relationships, Karen likes to be dominated. She cannot form any kind of friendship with a man whom she cannot respect. "A man loses all his sex appeal when he loses his ability to command a woman's respect. I like a man who can create a whole world of his own around him, and who can just irresistibly involve me in that world." Many of these thoughts Karen commits to paper, in soft, ruminative and gentle poetry. The remainder of her spare time is spent in interpretive dancing and reading. ''I'll read anything from Gibbon's Decline and Fall to The Story of O." The singular Miss Sather is a great believer in personal freedom and individuality. "It's important to tell the world who you are. because there is nothing worse than the suppression of a person's identity, and if you keep on saying who you are, you gain a lot of good, close friends and a lot of experience, and I find that absolutely essential to the day-to-day pleasure of just being me." The pleasure, we are sure you'll agree, is mutual.Photographer:
In 1965, Bob Guccione, a struggling artist with an entrepreneurial imagination, started a magazine called Penthouse. Due to his lack of resources, Guccione personally photographed most of the models for the magazine's early issues. He spent long hours, and sometimes, several days, to complete a photo shoot. Although he had no professional training, Guccione applied his knowledge of painting to his photography, establishing the diffused, soft focus look that would become one of the trademarks of the magazine's pictorials. These images offered more sexually explicit content than other gentleman’s magazines of the era, establishing Penthouse as a well known name amongst its competitors.Featured Video: