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A Serious Man

A Serious Man

  • Alan M. Dershowitz

My recollections of Bob Guccione

I will always remember my first meeting with Bob Guccione. I was representing Penthouse in various First Amendment cases and he invited me to meet him for dinner at his mansion in Midtown Manhattan. I didn’t know what to expect, having read accounts of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. I anticipated a raunchy environment, with Penthouse Pets and pinup art. I was not looking forward to the evening.   

I rang the mansion’s bell. The door opened automatically and I entered. Suddenly two enormous Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs — the size and color of small lions — stood face to face with me. From the top of the stairs came instructions: “If you don’t seem nervous, they won’t attack you.” 

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