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PATRICIA McCLAIN

Miss May 1976
26 May 1997

moderator
Hello everyone. Welcome to this evenings chat with Patricia McClain, Miss May 1976. We'll be starting in about 5 minutes.
moderator
Alright everyone, here we go.
Octaley
Hi
Redwing
Were you ever a redhead?
Pattimcclain
Hi Octaley
Pattimcclain
Nope. I never have been. Only blond and brunette. I was born a brunette.
Dominique
Hi Patricia! Some of us know what happened about your job. Do you mind talking (a little) about it? Or do you prefer Mr. Moderator to skip those questions?
Pattimcclain
It's fine with me. I'll talk about it.
Redwing
I noticed that the web page with your situation has rec'd over 35,000 hits. Has it been helpful for you?
Pattimcclain
I've gotten a lot of moral support, which has been very helpful to me. It's kept me happy.
Redwing
It is "Patti" or "Patty"?
Pattimcclain
It's Patti with an "i".
Eileenkent
What did you think about being compared to Mae West in your Playboy story?
Pattimcclain
I thought it was really funny because Mae West has really big breasts and I don't.
Wil
Did you enjoy your first Glamourcon? Did your family like the weekend too?
Pattimcclain
Thanks for coming to Glamourcon. I had a great time. I'll be at the next one I can get to.
Redwing
I heard you might be posing for Playboy. Could you tell us about it?
Pattimcclain
Well, I think I might be doing a pictorial or a revisited. I'm not sure which one I will do yet. I'm excited to be back with my Playboy family. As you know Playboy is taking care of me now.
Wil
What's the most interesting thing you've learned about any of the Playmates since you've been contributing to the "Playmate News"?
Pattimcclain
They lead many different lives. As opposed to the 70's they are more down to earth and I have a much bigger family now.
Aaalooker
Hi Patti, welcome to the Cyber Club Chat, thank you for joining us,:):) My question is: Are most of the photographers pretty easy to work with?
Pattimcclain
I've never worked with a bad photographer. Thanks for asking.
moderator
Regarding your website again...
Redwing
Have you thought about changing the photo that accompanies the article on the Web? Do you think the photo helps or hinders your efforts?
Pattimcclain
I've been trying to change it, but it's up to my friend that handles it. I think a head shot would be better, personally. Hopefully we'll have a new one up soon.
Goldpenny
How many people are in a room with you in a typical Playmate shooting?
Pattimcclain
Three maybe, tops.The photographer, the assistant and the stylist. And of course, the Playmate.
Pattimcclain
smiles.
Wil
What sort of reaction did you get to your "movie theater" cover in 1975, and what sort of reaction does it generate now?
Pattimcclain
That was the most controversial cover ever. Pat Boone did a Mike Douglas show with Hef and said it was too risque.It was a very popular cover. I was really a lot of fun doing that cover.
Redwing
How many Playmates have you contacted for Playboy?
Pattimcclain
So far about a hundred. And I've had a wonderful time meeting all of them. They are a great bunch of girls.
Redwing
Has it been difficult to locate the Playmates?
Pattimcclain
Fortunately, I work for Playboy and we keep in touch with them. So it's been pretty easy.
Dominique
Has an interesting job been offered to you recently? Perhaps you prefer your part-time job with Playboy?
Pattimcclain
Where I live, the people around me are very leary of hiring me until the outcome of the lawsuit.I love my part-time job with Playboy, and I will continue to work with Playboy. But I would love to have a full time job as well.
Working with the Playmates has given me a better outlook on life and I feel like I have a family again.
Goldpenny
What is a typical Playmates relationship with Hugh Hefner or Playboy? Is it business like or can you just drop by the Mansion and get a Coors beer?
Pattimcclain
In my time, I lived at the Mansion. It was very family oriented. Hugh Hefner is a very loving, caring person. If you want a beer you can get one, but I drink Pepsi. Now you have to call ahead and it is more business-like.
P.S. Hugh Hefner saved my life.:)
Redwing
Before you posed for Playboy, what did you think of Playboy? Why?
Pattimcclain
I wanted to be a Playboy centerfold since I was 13 years old. I just knew about Playboy, that's where all the beautiful women were.
Dominique
During your PMOM were the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. Did you visit Montreal then?
Pattimcclain
No I did not.
Pattimcclain
I spent that whole year laying by the pool at the Playboy Mansion.
Redwing
Didn't Mr. Hefner discover you in a club? What was that like? Did you know who he was?
Pattimcclain
Yes I was in a club. I knew the minute I saw him.My throat was in my stomach. He asked me to dinner on a Sunday. It was the best night of my life.(With the exception of the birth of my son.)
Aaalooker
Patti, would you mind sharing the story of Mr. Hefner saving your life, for those of us that don't know about it? Please?
Pattimcclain
Well, during my youth, I was careless and was doing a lot of drugs and he sat me down numerous time and set me straight. When I got fired, he gave me a job and considered me family. He has saved me twice.
David2
Hi Patti. Looking at your Data Sheet, I have to ask did you ever get to see Paris?
Pattimcclain
No. But I will get there soon. Maybe Playboy will send me there for some reason.
Pattimcclain
wink, wink
Redwing
Do you remember what you had for dinner?
Pattimcclain
I had a steak and mashed potatoes. And afterwards, chocolate chip cookies. I always ordered this!
Goldpenny
Do you view the new anti-nudity stance of the left wing with any concern? You Know... "Hugh Hefner just degrades women kind by lowering them to the level as a sex object?"
Pattimcclain
Please look at other adult magazines and compare them to Playboy. Playboy and Hugh Hefner put women on a pedestal. He has helped me so much. He treated me and all of the women around him like queens and he still does.
Wil
I thought from "The Playmate Book" that you had a job after the one at the pest control agency. Did that work out?
Pattimcclain
I tried it, but it was for an alternative rock station and it just didn't work out. So I went back to what I knew.
Redwing
What advise would you give someone wanting to become a Playmate?
Pattimcclain
Keep your day job.:) Use it as a vehicle to go where you want to go, but keep your head on straight...education is the key. Please do it if you can! It's definitely worth it.
Aaalooker
Comment only, I agree 100% with Patti, about Playboy making the Playmates look like Goddesses.
Wil
Playboy covers now are a lot different from the one you did. Do you approve of the change, or do you like the old style better?
Pattimcclain
Thanks Aaalooker!
Pattimcclain
I approve of the change. Mr. Hefner knows what he's doing, you've got to change with the times. He's an astute businessman.
Goldpenny
How does California view Mr Hefner? Or the local area where he lives?
Pattimcclain
He is a responsible citizen.Tour buses come from all over to see his house. He works for many charitable organizations. And I believe he gives a seminar every year regarding publishing. His neighbors love him.
Dominique
I see you had a pretty rough life in your 20's and you're pretty wise now. How were you as a kid (say 10)?
Pattimcclain
Probably smarter than I am now.
Pattimcclain
smiles.
Pattimcclain
I was just a skinny little tomboy with scraped knees. I did get straight A's in school. That was a great question!
Wil
How have the Playmates themselves changed since those you knew in the 1970s?
Pattimcclain
They are getting taller and thinner, it seems. I wish I was young again because I was the tallest one of the bunch.
Redwing
I need advise. I am a Red Wing and a Flyer fan. They are going to play each other for the Stanley Cup. What should I do?
Pattimcclain
Toss a coin.
Pattimcclain
hee, hee
Pattimcclain
and hope that the side you picked wins. I personally like the RedWings.
Wil
When did you get married, and when did you become a Mom?
Pattimcclain
I became a mom in 1983 and got married in 1978. I was very young but I'm so glad I had my son. I love him dearly.
Eazye187
Was there anything special about being a Bicentennial year PMOM?
Pattimcclain
No, nothing special but it was the best year, I think, for Playboy. It was a fun time at Playboy Mansion West.
Redwing
Will you be at the Chicago Glamourcon?
Pattimcclain
I can't afford to fly to Chicago or New York.So, I won't be able to make those shows. :(
Dominique
Your son is just the right age to peek in a Playboy. What would you tell him if you surprised him?
Pattimcclain
I'm having my Playmate Book signed to him by all the Playmates and I'm giving to him on his 16th birthday. I don't hide Playboy from him. I don't show them to him, but I know he's seen them.
Kahless
Do you think Playmates should be looked to as role models?
Pattimcclain
If they are living a good clean life, yes, of course! I looked up to Barbi Benton. She was a good friend of mine and one of the most wonderful people I've ever met.
Redwing
Do you have a fan club? Where can fans write to you?
Pattimcclain
I'm working on a fan club right now. You can email me at tehaney@earthlink.net
Aaalooker
Patti, about what age did you bud into the good looks,
Pattimcclain
17. Until then I was skin and bones. My nickname in high school was "Twiggy."
Wil
Were you friends with Miss Feb 1977, the late Star Stowe?
Pattimcclain
I knew her. She was a nice girl and the world is going to miss her.
Goldpenny
Do many former Playmates have relationships with each other like even though they pose in different years or decades? like football players or such?
Pattimcclain
Due to the Playmate Alumni, we are getting in touch with each other again. We meet at Glamourcon and at the PMOY party.I have a friend that I just met from 1954, Delores DelMonte and it's great. I'm also friends with Stacy Sanches. So we have opportunities to meet each other quite frequently. And we're all sisters.
Redwing
Did you go to any High School reunions? If so what was the reaction.
Pattimcclain
Never did. I wish I did. They would have been amazed. I got some calls from friends saying "Is that you?" I had people who I'd never hung out with all of a sudden become my best friend.
Wil
You said you became a Playboy admirer at age 13. Did you have any favorite Playmates?
Pattimcclain
I remember I liked Cynthia Myers and Mickey Garcia. And my all time favorite was Marilyn Cole! I am friends with Cynthia and I have talked with Mickey.
Kahless
Has Julie Cialini & Stacy Sanches patched up their friendship yet?
Pattimcclain
I know them both extensively and I haven't seen a problem between them.
moderator
Just a few minutes remaining everyone, so lets start formulating those closing questions!
Dominique
What do you prefer doing on vacation?
Pattimcclain
I can't wait until I get invited to go to Hawaii again. It's my favorite place on earth!! I love the sun and the surf. I'm learning to surfboard as a matter of fact.
Wil
Can you give us a scoop from the forthcoming "Playmate News"?
Pattimcclain
Just keep your eyes on the "News." There's going to be juicy stuff all the time. There are a lot of Playmates who are doing great things with their lives in film and TV.
Redwing
Patti, thanks for joining us tonight!! It has been fun! Will you come back?
Pattimcclain
Yes, I would love to! As soon as I'm invited back.
Goldpenny
You seem to be very knowledgeable. Did you ever go to a university or college?
Pattimcclain
I went to UCLA but I didn't take courses that fed my brain.I took drama and cooking. But now I read five books a week. I love biographies, if anyone wants to send me any!
Pattimcclain
smiles.
Pattimcclain
I loved the Humphrey Bogart book and Ronald Reagan book.
Redwing
Would you like to see you situation done as a movie or book?
Pattimcclain
I certainly would. I signed a contract for a movie, but nothing has come out of it yet.
moderator
Thanks everyone. We've got to wrap it up.
David2
Just want to say it's been great chatting with you, I think you've been given a bum deal from your former employers, and you at least have my support.. (and I suspect I'm not the only one..)
Pattimcclain
Thank you very much David2.
Goldpenny
Would you describe yourself as a liberal conservative or a moderate?
Pattimcclain
Conservative. It sounds strange, but I am. Politically, morally I'm just a conservative. My personality is a different story, however, I'm very outgoing.
Redwing
Thanks Patti!!! Hope things get better for you real soon!
Pattimcclain
Thanks for all of your support. It was lovely chatting with everyone in the personal manner.
Pattimcclain
smiles.
moderator
That's about it. (I mean it this time!) We went a little over. I hope no one minds. The Event Lobby is open for discussion. See you there. Thanks again!