You may recall the story FD Luxe did last year about Dallas’ fabled Playboy Club. The surprisingly wholesome pleasure den (no nudity or touching allowed) lasted five years from the late ’70s to the early ’80s in a high-rise off Central Expressway. The building — now owned by SMU — also hosted the Dallas Cowboys team offices and players Tony Dorsett and Ed “Too Tall” Jones were regulars. Former offensive tackle Ralph Neely was also a big fan.
Well, we received an email update from Bunny Twinky (a.k.a. Karen Kurch, who used Twinky because there was already a Bunny Karen — Karen Criswell Drennan, whose father is former TV news anchor John Criswell) that the club’s former bunnies, bouncers and friends are getting together to relive old times this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. (Interested? You can find the Dallas bunnies on, where else, Facebook.) One person that we hope makes it is Paul Heckmann. Who, you ask? Heckmann is the former male model and Playboy Club alum who reprised his role from 31 years ago as Patrick Duffy‘s stand-in on Dallas. No, you can’t make this stuff up.
In the spirit of the occasion, we bring back these four pieces of Dallas Playboy Club trivia:
- “When Hugh Hefner visited the club, he had his entourage stand around and flash him with strobes so that when they shot video, it looked like he was being mobbed by photographers.” — former maître d’ “Big” Dan Nolte of Plano
- On the famous rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the Playboy bunnies: “It became a little war. They were jealous of us. You could do a job that paid $15 a game or $300 a night. You pick.” — Bunny Karen
- Sure, the signature Bunny Dip was a ladylike and cleavage-protecting way to serve cocktails, but Bunny Twinky (who shared a house off Greenville Avenue with bunnies Crystal and Cinnamon) says there was also a ritual for presenting cigarettes on a tray: “Open the pack, light one up and slip it halfway back into the pack, filter side in.”
- The most generous tip the maître d’ ever received was a gold watch. He later sold it to buy a wedding ring for his future wife.