If Auburn has been shown any preferential treatment in the pages of Playboy over the course of the magazine’s 30-year affair with the SEC Coed—and arguments along those lines can be made—it can perhaps be explained by photographer David Chan’s first impression of the Loveliest Village.
Chan, a rock star at Playboy in the ’70s and ’80s, and the mastermind of the magazine’s college pictorial series, first brought his lusty lens to the Plains in late January 1981, just a couple of days after Sister Cindy, the most devoted disciple of confrontational evangelism superstar Jed Smock (listen to him talk with WEGL here), proclaimed that “about 70 percent of the men in Auburn are whoremongers.” And he really liked it.
In between his auditions at the Heart of Auburn Motel and photo shoots along the debauched banks of Chewacla Creek, ol’ Chan, in his mid-40s at the time, hung out at frat parties, he hung out at the Glom… he just hung out.
“I like the girls in the South,” Chan told the Glomerata in 1981. “I had a terrible time in the North trying to make the girls there look good. They were too fat. But here the girls are nice and slim.”
Of course, he probably says that to all the yearbooks.
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* War Eagle Moment at the SAG Awards
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* Muhammad Al on the Haley Center concourse
* Playboy in Auburn, 1989
* Who’s the kid with the Auburn shirt in “Return of Swamp Thing”?