1970 #2 January Playboy 1969 PMOY Contest & Calendar. Gowland’s Rigdig Calendar.

Paige appears in the January 1969 issue of Playboy magazine (it’s also the 15th anniversary issue) along with all 12 Playmates of 1968, a brief update accompanies each one. The contestants are in the running for the soon-to-be-named Playmate of the Year 1969. The Playmate of the Year title was a big deal. An even higher validation than Playmate of the Month.

Photo by Peter Gowland
Update on Paige in the “Playmate Roundup” January 69 Playboy issue.
Paige Young appears in the Playboy calendar for April of 1970. Photo by Gowland. Collection of author
A 5 by 7 autographed photo of Paige. Collection of the author.

The winner was Connie Kreski; a Michigan nursing school graduate turned starlet owning a camera ready face. She often appeared to look 16 but was in reality 21. Which is why Anthony Newley cast her in his 1969 released film “Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?” Connie plays Mercy.

Connie Kreski with gloves, possibly part her prizes for winning PMOY.

Connie Kreski went to London and dated Hefner’s partner and close friend at Playboy: Victor Lownes. Lownes was head of the Playboy Club and casino in London during the Swinging Sixties. Connie and Victor are seen together on footage of Sharon Tate’s funeral. Roman Polanski and and Sharon were married at the Playboy Club in London, they were all friends. Victor Lownes is the person seen in a famous photo holding up Roman Polanski at Sharon Tate’s funeral.

Connie Kreski with her boyfriend of the 1970s James Caan. Connie became involved with Caan after she was dumped by Victor Lownes for another PMOY: Marilyn Cole. Connie was James Caan’s date for the premiere of the Godfather in NYC, Mar. 14, 1972.

Connie died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 48 in 1995.

One of the Gowlands long time employers, 1964-2002, was the Ohio-based Ridge Tool Company, a hand tool manufacturing company, using the “Ridgid” brand name.

Ridgid Tool Company became famous for its’  2-year calendars featuring images of bikini-clad models holding various tools made by Ridgid. I’m guessing Rigdig sent these calendars every year to clients who purchased their tools.

Paige appears in the 69/70 edition.

Paige appeared in the 69/70 edition of the famous Rigdig Tool Calendar with fellow Playmates Reagan Wilson and Mercy Rooney (Merci Montello) .The calendar does not identify them as Playmates. Collection of the author.

Many more models and starlets and Playboy Playmates were unnamed models (most often) for these calendars and I will list the names soon.

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