1980 – My parents belonged to the Playboy Club

22 Feb

My older brother and I had the privelege of being amongst the only 7 and 10 year olds whose parents actually took them to dinner there.

I remember they had a little arcade area with a Playboy pinball machine and some table arcade game. I don’t remember which one though. Maybe Pac-Man? My brother and I loved to sit there and play games after dinner while my parents listened to some horrible 80s lounge act.

The interesting part about that is that the walls of the game area were lined with framed Playboy centerfolds. That’s right. Fully nude chicks. No problem! My mom added pen bikinis to them in her photo album.

(Bear in mind the following pictures might be ever so slightly NSFW.)

Uh oh mom, I think you missed a few bikinis in this next one! (Don’t worry. I fixed them for you.) And check out my dad’s pimped out 3 piece pinstriped suit!:

My oldest and most loved-on stuffed animal is actually a Playboy Bunny mascot my parents bought for me in the gift shop.  I named him Nick, after the bartender who always put extra cherries in my Shirley Temples.  I still have him.  He has been everywhere with me.

His sweater (with a P for Playboy) shrank in the wash. His right ear has been sewn back on a few times. And his pants ripped right at the crotch. (Interesting placement.)  Also, he used to have a little Playboy flag/pennant sticking out of his hand, like this Playboy Bunny from the 1960s:  http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/auction/images_items/Item_3331_2.jpg

It might seem crazy that my parents would take us little kids along with them to the Playboy Club of all places but aside from the nudie pics on the walls it wasn’t that racy of a place. I remember it as more of a supper club.

My parents liked to party. They didn’t let the fact that they had kids stop them. I think that’s pretty awesome.

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13 Responses to “1980 – My parents belonged to the Playboy Club”

  1. Holly West February 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Funniest thing is that your mom drew bikinis on the models.

  2. Sarah P. February 23, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Classic Solis in so many ways.

  3. Jason Talley February 23, 2011 at 5:37 am #

    Great post and pics.

  4. Christy I February 23, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    I am in love with Nick~ Great post Theresa, you made my day.

  5. elizabeth February 23, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    So funny! My parents were divorced when I was very young and my dad belonged to the Playboy Club in Chicago (in the early 70’s). He used to take us skiing at their venue in Wisconsin and I remember everything you’re describing (except I don’t have any awesome pics to prove it). Thanks for the trip down memory lane….

  6. hemborgwife February 23, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Those pictures are so great! My parents used to take me to parties when I was younger and they said I would just dance to the music and everyone was happy, guess the 80’s had more relaxed parents!

  7. Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) February 24, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    You and your brother are too cute – and I love that your mom “censored” the photo albums. The Playboy Club of the 80s seems so refreshing and unassuming compared to the commercialized, siliconized empire it has become.

  8. lifeaskara March 1, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    So great!

  9. OurOneTree Blog March 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    What a great story! You have a cool family 🙂

  10. Cheryl April 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Hello from Weddingbee!
    I’m so excited to follow your journey!

    That is awesome – I hope that when I have kids I will still continue to have fun. I think it gives them an opportunity to experience so much more of life!

  11. jesspgh April 5, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    This is so amazing! I love that your mom drew bikinis on them in the photos.

  12. ron f April 11, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    lucky… only thing my parents took me to was farrell’s ice cream parlor

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