Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: November 1, 1942– Larry Claxton Flynt, Jr.

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Larry Claxton Flynt, nightclub owner and magazine publisher, was born November 1, 1942, near Salyersville in Magoffin County, Kentucky, the son of Larry Claxton and Edith (Arnett) Flynt. He attended public schools in Salyersville, not going beyond grade school. He served in the army in 1958 and in the navy during 1959-64. He then worked in a General Motors factory in Dayton, Ohio.

Flynt's controversial career began in 1970 when he opened the first Hustler Club in Dayton, followed by others in the Ohio cities of Columbus, Toledo, Akron, and Cleveland in the next four years. These establishments mixed a nightclub atmosphere with striptease shows and simulated performance of sexual acts. In 1974 Flynt started Hustler, a men's magazine specializing in female nudity and scatological and sexual humor, and Chic, a similar magazine for women, both published in Los Angeles. The publication of these two magazines resulted many times in his arrest on obscenity charges. On March 6, 1978, after testifying in his own defense at a trial on such charges in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Flynt was the victim of an assassination attempt that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Flynt married Althea Leasure on August 21, 1976; they had four children: Tonya, Lisa, Teresa, and Larry Claxton III. Flynt's wife died on June 27, 1987.
Sources at UK Libraries:

Flynt, Larry., and Kenneth. Ross. An Unseemly Man. Los Angeles, CA: Dove : Distributed by Penguin, USA, 1996. Print.
PN4874.F54 A3 1996, Young Library - 5th Floor

Smolla, Rodney A. Jerry Falwell v. Larry Flynt : The First Amendment on Trial. New York: St. Martin's, 1988. Print.
KF228.F35 S65 1988, Law Library – Second Floor

Stone, Oliver., Janet. Yang, Michael. Hausman, Scott. Alexander, Larry. Karaszewski, Miloš. Forman, Woody. Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward. Norton, Columbia Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, and Columbia TriStar Home Video. The People vs. Larry Flynt. Culver City, Calif.: Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1997.
AV-D3074, Young Media Library

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