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JUDY TYLER

Miss January 1966
29 May 1997

moderator
Welcome everyone! Hope you are all ready with questions for Judy Tyler, Miss January 1966. We start in 5 Minutes.
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You can start asking your questions now if you'd like... give us an idea of where you'd like to start.
moderator
Welcome to tonight's chat with Judy Tyler, January 1966's Playmate of the Month.
Jae68
What was it like being a Playmate in 1966?
Judytyler
As young as I was, I didn't really realize the potential that I had. It was exciting on one hand, but on the other hand, I was too young to really grasp what was going on. Too naive.
Wil
You posed for your centerfold just months after having a baby. How did you get your figure back so fast?
Judytyler
Well I guess when you're young you can expand and shrink really quickly. I went home in the same clothes I wore before I became pregnant. I never even thought I needed to wear anything bigger.
Mmanley2
What would you tell that younger you, knowing what you know now?
Judytyler
To take the opportunity and run with it.
Aaalooker
Judy, do you still wear your hair like you did in '66? And have you been able to stay in shape?
Judytyler
I'm still in shape. I still have the long red hair. I still wear it down, but I don't wear a lot of bangs anymore.
Wil
How did you become a Playmate? Had you been a Playboy reader prior to posing?
Judytyler
I had never read Playboy, but my husband did. I was jealous that he thought these women were prettier than I was, which was not the case.
Judytyler
I became a Playmate by looking in an issue, contacted information to see if I could get a phone number, which I did. I was led to studio west and contacted them they asked what I looked like and I told them "Long red hair, green eyes, 5' 4", weight 121" and they asked if I would come in for a test shooting. I spoke with them on Thursday, went in on the following Tuesday, and the following Thursday I'd been accepted.
Aaalooker
What was some of the music you liked at the time you became a Playmate?
Judytyler
I liked a lot of music. I enjoyed Dinah Washington, Edith Piaf, and as far as rock goes I like the Rolling Stones. I enjoyed them over the Beatles, although I liked them too. I also liked Otis Redding, Ray Charles, all the rest.
moderator
Has your musical taste changed much since then?
Judytyler
I still love all kinds of music Right now I lean more toward easy listening. I also have a great love for Reggae, African rhythms, salsa.
I also do African drumming. I play the jymbee and the congas and any rhythm instrument. Rain sticks and guitars, too. I just play for my own pleasure and meditation. I do sit in with others some times. I also play various long meditative sessions
Wil
Your PMOM article portrayed you as someone who liked to go to the Sunset Strip and have a good time. Was that really what you were like?
Judytyler
No, not really. Practically everything that was written wasn't really me.I'd never been on a surf board. I was married, my life was very simple. I didn't know anything about Hollywood, but I learned fast after I became a Playmate.
moderator
What exactly did you learn?
Judytyler
Well after doing shootings and going out to dinner, the photographer took me out to a club to see a puppet show. At that time there was a band playing at this club. It was the first night I'd ever seen a live band. So more and more I got into it. Pretty soon it was "Hello Hollywood."
I separated from my husband, got into the Hollywood scene, and danced at the Whisky a Go Go. I was one of the go go dancers. I started going out to the clubs enjoying the music and meeting the musicians and started dating some of them.
Then I started getting into the 60s, the love-ins and all, but I really couldn't get into it too much. I wanted to paint flowers on my face, but I had a child. I was never really able to really let go because of the obligations. I had a child at the time, and I could never forget that.
Wil
You got married quite young. Do you now wish you hadn't?
Judytyler
No, the gentleman I married was my high school sweetheart, but over the years we just grew apart. He was a very fine man and we ended up getting back together again about 10 years ago. After about 5 years together again, I met a musician and fell head over heels in love and moved with him down to Panama.
Jae68
Were you very political at the time? And are you still?
Judytyler
During the 60's, yes I was, but not really educated enough to know what the hell was going on at the time. But in the new "Playmate Book" there is an apology in there to the guys who were at war that I was sorry that I did not respond to my fan mail.
I was young and into this whole movement of being a flower child and being a free spirit. But nobody told me that this was something that should be tended to. I really regret not having been more supportive.
Yes, I am very political today.
Wil
When did your daughter learn that you had been a Playmate?
Judytyler
When she was old enough to know what that was. I don't know, maybe 8, 9, 10 years old. She didn't really think anything of it. There was no big deal made of it. I was a model.
At the time, the photos were very artistic. I looked at it as a work of art. For generations men have sculpted the human body, and the photographs were very posed and were nothing I was ashamed of.
moderator
How did your family feel about it in 1966?
Judytyler
They were very proud on one hand, on the other hand there was a little embarrassment. My father used to call me Dumplin. So, the first comment my father said when he saw the layout was, "Wow, so that's Dumplin."
Mmanley2
What have you been doing since? Has your life ever gotten back to "simple" after being a Playmate?
Judytyler
My life never really got all that hectic. When you're young you can handle all that activity. Today, I have a very good life. It's a struggle to make it, like it often is in our economy, but I'm involved in music, and have become very active with Playboy again.
My first Glamourcon was last year, and now I've got more fans involved and letters to be written to them. I have very wonderful fans.
Now I have about 22 musical groups I work with. I promote them and help book them and there's about 5 bands that I really think can go somewhere.
Wil
When did you get back into modeling? When and where will your current photos be published?
Judytyler
My current photos just done in February can be located at classiccenterfold.com They will have early and current photos.
Also, the Playmate Home Pages in the Cyber Club have photos that weren't published in the magazine in 1966. They're beautiful.
moderator
In reference to your being active with Playboy again...
Spear
How has the company changed over the years?
Judytyler
They're more supportive of the girls they work with now. First of all they have contracts that are set up for a few years. They really work with them on promotional opportunities that they really didn't do back then. Back then, Playmate of the Year was the only one that really was pushed. There were others who got noticed, but it wasn't as aggressive as it is today.
If you go back to the girls from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, they all felt like they just did layouts. Now you do a layout and they help you move with it. Now we have to start over building our PR. It's like starting now, building on what you did 31 years ago.
Back when we did it, there weren't that many girls who would pose. Back then girls were shy and were embarrassed to even pull their panties down. These days anything goes. There are no boundaries.
Jae68
Did you ever make friends with any of the other Playmates?
Judytyler
Nope. Not until a year ago. It came about by attending Glamourcon. Now many of the girls are like sisters to me. I have some of the girls help with some shows that I've helped with. They are assorted trade shows, and I helped organize the girls, handle the negotiations, get the booths set up, and deal with the hospitality. The girls feel comfortable letting me handle that because of my work with the bands.
I've been very, very, busy and active. At the present time I'm working with some of the girls to help book activities. If somebody wants us to come and do a show as a celebrity, I negotiate the fees, the expenses, the appearance fee and all that.
Wil
Speaking of shows you've helped with, were you surprised that the Las vegas "Eroticon" turned out to be the sort of show that it did?
Judytyler
I was disappointed in the show. I expected more. What I learned from that was that we will no longer attend without an appearance fee. Our expenses were covered, but we didn't make much money. The fans were very nice.
David2
Do you see the changes in Playboy and the Playmates you just mentioned to be a good thing or a bad one?
Judytyler
Good! How could it not be good? Playboy is giving them all sorts of opportunity.
Wil
How does your family feel about your returning to glamour modeling, 30 years after being a Playmate?
Judytyler
My daughter is absolutely thrilled about it! My daughter was at the Mansion this past New Year's Eve and she absolutely loved it. She's 31 now. She and I actually were interested in doing a mother and daughter layout, but we never really followed through with going in for the test shots. So my daughter, obviously, does not have an issue with it.
Rochvail
What did people think of Playboy in the 60's?
Judytyler
I think the majority of the public kind of thought it was a no-no but my family was proud of it. I don't think that they're are a lot of people saying "Boy, I can't wait till my daughter grows up and can take her clothes off. I personally thought the magazine was great.
I was really proud of myself, but thinking about it now, I wasn't as proud as I SHOULD have been. I really didn't have a clue about what I had done. I had just gotten jealous of my husband looking at those women, posed myself, and that was it! And I never had an ego thing with it either. I always felt that maybe I was too heavy or not really too attractive or whatever.
Jae68
What were the sexual attitudes in the sixties, as compared to today?
Judytyler
There was freedom in a lot of ways in the 60s, but today I think it's nuts.
The 60's had to be kind of crazy to get us some freedom, but today it's gone crazy. Butt lifts, cosmetic surgery, all this stuff that these young girls do, it's nuts.
These young women today are already beautiful, but society makes them think they have to have boobs that point straight up. It's almost like they are fixing the outside, but they can't fix the inside. It's like they're desperate for something that they don't even know what it is.
Jgreely
Do you think you get noticed more by men because of your hair, or is it just icing on the cake?
Judytyler
I think it's icing on the cake. I think I get noticed by men because I have an open personality. I'm very bubbly, energetic and I can work in the garden all day and go down to the store and turn heads. I think its how you feel about yourself that creates an aura that people notice. It's the confidence that you project that makes you beautiful.
Aaalooker
Judy, what attributes do you look for in a man?
Judytyler
Kindness, flexibility, being able to bend, understanding, caring, family oriented, intelligent, definitely not into drugs or alcohol. I'm absolutely against that. He has to love animals and children, and have a positive spirit toward life.It doesn't matter if he makes a lot of money or not. What's important is the person as an individual. That goes for looks too. It can actually be a real turnoff if they drive up in their hot Porsche and rev the motor. It will really turn my head in the other direction.
Moderator2
OK guys, we have about five minutes left to chat with Judy Tyler, so get your best questions in now!
Aaalooker
Knowing that hind sight is 20/20, what changes do you think you might have made earlier?
Judytyler
To be honest, if I had it to do all over again, I don't think I would have changed it. It's what I did that made me what I am today, even though there were some really bad roads I took. But it's what made me what I am today. So I wouldn't change anything, even though there were some really rough times.
Redwing
Did you ever become a dance instructor?
Judytyler
Yes, I taught children's tap dancing. I actually was teaching tap dancing before I became a Playmate. I don't tap dance much, but once in a while I can still hoof it.
Redwing
Hi Judy!!! Thanks for chatting with us. Will you come back?
Judytyler
Absolutely! I loved it! I would love to come back.
David2
Judy, it's been great chatting with you. Please let us know if you and your daughter do manage to do that pictorial. And I'd love to have you back to chat with us again.
Judytyler
Thank you David, hugs and kisses.
Judytyler
smooches everyone.
Judytyler
That was a big kiss! To the sky!
Aaalooker
Judy, you were a pleasure, thanks,:):)
Moderator2
OK, folks, that's about it. Thanks very much for joining Judy Tyler. Please head over to the Events Lobby to hang out for a while.
Judytyler
Thanks, AAALooker, I love you all! Okay folks, goodbye! Positive Vibrations and keep coming back!
Moderator2
See you in the Events Lobby!