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Friday, December 23, 2016

A Christmas Eve Tradition In L.A. Years Ago

Above, three Playboy Bunnies joined us for a group photo on Christmas Eve in 1981.

Thirty-five years ago tomorrow, a group of us from United Pacific/Reliance Insurance Companies took part in what became a Christmas Eve tradition.

The company would have us work half-day on Christmas Eve (provided it fell on a work day, naturally) and release us at noon.

At that time, I was a member of the Playboy Club. The Playboy Club was located at the now long-gone ABC Center in Century City in Los Angeles. The Shubert Theater was also located in the ABC Center.

About a year or two before, we started our "tradition" of going to the Playboy Club for lunch after the company released us. Century City was about 8-9 miles from the office. Adjusters and underwriters from the company would attend. I got everyone in on my membership. All that needed to be done was to call the club with a head count and reserve a table.

The Playboy Club was a fun and classy place to have lunch. Surprisingly, the prices for lunch weren't outrageous. A lot of business people used to go there for business lunches. At night, the club would have entertainment shows such as music (all genres), magic acts and dancing. There was nothing lewd about the club, so don't get the wrong idea. Playboy Bunnies served as waitresses.

Several times, whenever there was a Republican State Convention in the Los Angeles area, a group of us would migrate to the Playboy Club for dinner and entertainment.

The photo above was from Christmas Eve in 1981.

(In case any of you from the old group are wondering, yes, that's Arleigh Kerr seated at front at left.)

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