Venus Observations has just passed eleven and a half million views so we looked around for a suitable geographical location with a matching population and the closet is the state of Ohio. Surprisingly Ohio has produced more Playmates than any other states except Texas, New York, Illinois, Florida and the clear winner, California.
Having looked at the 27 Playmates concerned our clear favourite was Miss May 1985, Kathy Shower.
We remember buying this issue and being impressed with her double page dance studio shot (top) as well as this smaller one. What a cute little outfit!
Several other pictures of her taken in the same setting were rather more revealing than usual for the period but all have that nice eighties workout vibe.
We had a girlfriend in this period who went to regular classes at Pineapple Dance Studio in London and always floated around her flat in Battersea barely dressed in wispy bits of nothing just like this.
When Shower appeared in Playboy she was not only already a mother of two but, at 33, was the oldest Playmate to date. She had already had a number of TV roles before her Playboy appearance and acted for more than fifteen years; including a 46 episode run in TV soap Santa Barbara from 1985 to 1986.