After a sixteen-year, soul-crushing career as a corporate executive, Steve Belanger found salvation in a life of writing and performing. He is currently a contributing editor at Men's Health Magazine and is the host of The Men's Health Podcast. After his eight-year experience at Penthouse, Steve went on to a successful career at Time Inc. where he oversaw such iconic titles as Field & Stream and Popular Science. He was a corporate vice president there in 2004 when he decided to walk away from it all in search of more creative pursuits. He has worked with Oscar-winners, appeared on numerous TV shows and written countless scripts. His work has appeared in several major magazines and he has performed comedy on the country's most celebrated stages. Steve is based in Long Island, NY, but spends a lot of time on both coasts kissing asses and furthering his career.
My Penthouse Past: Failing My Way Up the Corporate Ladder of an Empire Built on Skinby Steve Belanger
In 1988, at the tender age of twenty-two, Steve got his first big job in New York City working at the notorious Penthouse Magazine. Over the course of his eight years there he worked his way up from lowly production analyst to the role of budget director for Bob Guccione's entire enterprise. Penthouse was one of the most impressive magazine successes in the history of… See more details below
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In 1988, at the tender age of twenty-two, Steve got his first big job in New York City working at the notorious Penthouse Magazine. Over the course of his eight years there he worked his way up from lowly production analyst to the role of budget director for Bob Guccione's entire enterprise. Penthouse was one of the most impressive magazine successes in the history of American publishing. Its demise was also one of the strangest. Somehow, Steve had a front row seat to one of the craziest corporate collapses the industry had ever seen.
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A job at Penthouse magazine?! At first, I was expecting some vicarious thrills through what must be a sordid account of every young man’s dream workplace and the wild things that go on at an empire built on flesh. But I was soon pleasantly surprised to find a coherent account of an actually decent sort of guy’s experience moving up the corporate ladder by both chance and his unassuming character; the various characters he met along the way; as well as behind-the-scenes corporate goings on inside a multimillion-dollar publishing house. The author has a self-deprecating, humorous but non-cheesy style of writing that is entertaining and easy to read. Oh, you do get to find out things like how one gets hired by Penthouse; whether the Dear Penthouse letters were(do they still have these?) real or not; and a glimpse at its (once prosperous in the pre-internet era) phone sex division.