Valentine Vixen — Lorrie Menconi, Miss February 1969

Happy birthday to a very special Valentine Vixen, the lovely and talented Lorrie Menconi, Miss February 1969!


Photographed by Bill Figge and Ed De Long.

Tomorrow is brain-asplodin’ly cute Ms. Menconi’s 62nd birthday. Felicitazioni, bella!

The write-up which accompanied Ms. Menconi’s centerfold, titled “Tuesday’s Child,” focused on her birthday and the implications of her Pisces nativity. You know how I feel about zodiac-quackery (unless what I’m reading is painful, scathing, and insulting, I am highly skeptical), but how can I resist an Italian sister in pigtails? Flap-flap, quack-quack — let’s discuss the zodiac.



Astrologically speaking, Lorrie Menconi has her pretty head in the stars. “I was born on Tuesday,” our valentine Playmate told us, “February 24th 1948. That makes me a Pisces, so I think it’s perfect to appear in the February issue — it just has to be good luck. I guess you could call me a zodiac nut. But so many Piscean characteristics are true of me that it’s hard not to believe in it!” (“Tuesday’s Child,” Playboy, February 1969.)


Exhibiting a prime Piscean trait — talkativeness — Lorrie goes on: “Pisces is a water sign, which may explain why I’m so crazy about living in California. We moved to San Diego when I was very young, so I don’t know what it’s like to live away from the water.”(Ibid.)



“The beach scene here is terrific. But the mountains in northern California are great, too.” (Ibid.)


Damned skippy, they are.



When Lorrie isn’t involved in the aquatic life, she indulges another Piscean fancy — a love of animals. Lorrie attributes some of her fondness for fauna to her mother, who wrote a children’s book called The Pony Who Lost Her Neigh. (Ibid.)

The Pony Who Lost Her Neigh must be out of print now, because all the traces that remain on a fairly deep search are Lee Menconi-Bandh’s copyright claims, first from 1965, renewed in 1993. Bummer. I’ll keep looking.


“All the animals in the story,” Lorrie explains, “were based on our family: my father, my three sisters and me. There was billy goat Harry, pony Susie, porky Marilyn and duck Rosane. I was a turkey — you know, ‘gobble, gobble’ — because I talk so much; there’s that Pisces again.”


Along with her sisters, she works part time at the House of Rattan, a shop managed by her mother. “We sell just about anything you can imagine that’s made of rattan,” Lorrie says.

Ms. Menconi, I can imagine many, many things. That you “sell anything you can imagine” made of rattan is a dangerous thing to say to a person who opens my eyes in the shower because I’m positive that, in the time it took me to suds up my hair, a shark has swum up the drain and is a centimeter from sinking his rows of razor sharp teeth into my foot (yes, I grasp physics and biology and am aware on an intellectual level of the impossibility of such a thing; no, that doesn’t stop me from opening my eyes and getting soap in them).

Rattan flyswatters, minivans, and light bulbs; rattan bikini bottoms; rattan file cabinets; rattan noodle soup; rattan statues of Ra, the Sun God; rattan Audubon guides to bird-watching and rattan flatware to compliment an ornate set of rattan china — all of these, you sold at your mother’s shop, Ms. Menconi? No? Then I cry fie and false advertising! “House of Rattan,” indeed. More like “Shack” or “Porta-Potty of Rattan.” Even “Junk Drawer of Unimaginative Rattan,” maybe. Pfft.

I kid. She was totally cute and is still completely beautiful; further, her family sounds very supportive. Ms. Menconi travels on the convention circuit, and also maintains an official website, where you can purchase autographed copies of prints from her justifiably popular Playboy spread.


A recent, striking picture. Italian ladies got it goin’ on: accept it!

Besides her looks, her adorable enthusiasm for her hometown of San Diego has also clearly held.

“You know, San Diego is called the place where California began, because the Spanish padres founded their first mission here in 1769. So this year, we’re celebrating our 200th birthday. I’m really proud of this city — it’s sunny and warm and beautiful.” (Ibid.)

Her official site is sponsored by the San Diego Beachlife Press.

Again, supersonic birthday wishes and eskimo kisses to the lovely and talented Ms. Menconi, and many, many happy returns!

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21 Responses to “Valentine Vixen — Lorrie Menconi, Miss February 1969”

  1. Charlee Says:

    Hey Lorrie, guess we had a little tiff. Sorry. I moved to connecticut. I love it here.

    Charlee

  2. mike brown Says:

    hay girl it would be nice hearing from you. I have tried to contact you but it has not been a contact you care to make I would like to know how you are and if you ever hear from Kelly, the last time I talked to you was 1978 that is a life time. It does not hurt too stay in touch. It hurts more to not know.

  3. mike brown Says:

    missed you email me I would like to say Hi.

  4. mike brown Says:

    contact me at bajabigfish>com. I would really like to say Hi. Life goes on but time is faster, you appear to be in great shape, you have done well. How is you Mom, your sister, Kelly, etc,etc I am happy I have done well. I do think of the Mag Business and the fun we had. Most of the people we knew are now dead, sad but true. That was there way of life….. Know future no life . You got up running, good for you, last time I talked too your mom and you, your husband was putting your belongings on the front porch, that was 1978,…Just want too say Hay You, Some people I do not forget. Mike brown

  5. michaelgates Says:

    hey, you are still very very lovely and I would like to have coffee with you the next time I am on the West Coast february Playmate.

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  10. "Dr." F.N.A. Wright, Esq.* (*dismounted) Says:

    huh?

  11. hobit Says:

    Lorrie
    I memorized your centerfold staples and all…
    thanks

  12. Scott J. Says:

    Lorrie, do you remember me from Longfellow Elementary?

    Scott Johnson

  13. rich Says:

    your mom and mine were friends way way back in the day.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Lorrie, thanks again for becoming friends on facebook, these pics are fantastic, you always had a great smile, and your figure is a perfect 10!!!

  15. mickey Says:

    I always read the latest comments– gives me a chance to review E.’s past work.

    This is a great piece of E. entertainment:

    “Ms. Menconi, I can imagine many, many things. That you “sell anything you can imagine” made of rattan is a dangerous thing to say to a person who opens my eyes in the shower because I’m positive that, in the time it took me to suds up my hair, a shark has swum up the drain and is a centimeter from sinking his rows of razor sharp teeth into my foot (yes, I grasp physics and biology and am aware on an intellectual level of the impossibility of such a thing; no, that doesn’t stop me from opening my eyes and getting soap in them). ” -E.

    Freaking fantastic. This is a great, um, “webthing” to read (I think I remember E. not being fond of the “word” “blog”– I would have to agree, an awful “word/sound.” BLAHG! I imagine it’s the sound Charlie Brown makes when he retches. Maybe that was too real for Schulz. A Chuck B. New Years. Keepin’ it real with C.Brown & S.Dogg. P-Nuttz. Umm.. Anyway…)

    And, as a side note, Ms. Menconi is gorgeous. I think her centerfold is a great picture, beyond the FACT that she’s undeniably hot you get a great composition, the stripes and color scheme and the whole Valentine’s tie-in work and a refreshingly genuine, friendly and electric expression adds to it’s success, as well. It also suggests a bit of motion and energy that takes it beyond the usual “naked chick, static fold-out, pose and snap fare” that seems to push it ahead of it’s “competitors.” As an older woman she is still totally rockin’ and, to be a dude about it, well…such round, perky boobs. I imagine this is what people go for when they get boob jobs. They’re almost too perfect to be true. Ah, you women of the Med and all hail PASTA, PASTA, PASTA!

    Anyway, ‘zup, E.? Hope you’re work is going well.

  16. Gene Says:

    Hi Lorrie,
    I still have my pencil drawing portrait that I did of you, that you were so kind to sign for me in 1969. Do you still have the one I did for you? Hope all is well with you.

  17. Randy Says:

    Hello there Lorrie. I was coming of age in 1969, 12 yrs old, and like most curious young boys I had to sneak a peak at my fathers Playboy magazines. Of course I was like a kid in a candy shop looking at all the beautiful girls. I remember turning the pages and seeing your photos for the first time. WOW, would you look at her…I said to myself. My eyes probably almost popped out when I saw you falling in love for the first time right then and there. haha. After that moment, my budding hormones and I spent many a time after school enjoying your photos.

    So nice to be able to leave you a comment and thank you for being there then and now. Hope all is well my friend. Take care of your beautiful self.

    • carl Says:

      sounds like what happened to me in 1969 only Lorrie looked so much like one of my teachers in school I thought it was her at first but then i realized Lorrie was even prettier. I don’t think a day went by when I didn’t check her out and dream

  18. Anonymous Says:

    You share the same birthday as me…and the same last name

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