May 16, 2005 04:00am
Al Goldstein Blogs Booble
by: Scott Pinsker
(NEW YORK, NY) -- At Al Goldstein's peak, he was worth over $10MM, resided in a palatial Florida mansion, and his 1968 creation - Screw Magazine - helped shape America's sexual climate for nearly 40 years. Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s, Goldstein stretched the bounds of good taste and delighted in outraging the establishment, resulting in nearly 20 arrests on various counts of obscenity. But the Internet boom that bankrupted competitors like Penthouse Magazine also doomed Screw Magazine, and Al Goldstein lost his entire empire by 2004. And the onetime porn kingpin was reduced to living on the streets, begging passersby for food and charity.
Ironically, the very medium that sunk Al Goldstein's beloved magazine became the key to his career renaissance.
Booble.com - the Internet's top adult search engine and porn directory - hired Al Goldstein as its exclusive online columnist for the site's blog, introducing a new generation of porn enthusiasts to the thoughts and sensibilities of a true American original. Goldstein's blog, located at AlGoldstein.Booble.com, will feature the Screw Magazine founder's opinions on the state and future of adult-oriented entertainment.
"When [Booble.com founder] Bob Smart asked me about writing for Booble, I thought it was going to be like writing my weekly Screw Magazine editorials," Al Goldstein remarked. "I had no idea I was going to have to learn how to use a computer and surf the Internet - and then learn all about blogging! It's been an incredible learning experience. Thank God they got me a tutor! I had no idea every porn movie ever made was just a mouse click away. No wonder the web put Screw out of business. Now I feel guilty for killing all those trees!"
Booble.com founder Bob Smart believes that Al Goldstein is a perfect fit for Booble.com: "Al Goldstein is a legend to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. Were it not for his fearless defense of our First Amendment rights, the adult industry would not be able to operate openly as it does today. Al's personal story is as inspiring as it is all-American. He made - and lost - a fortune, and has been forced to reinvent himself in the digital age, a job he has taken on with energy, enthusiasm, optimism, and humor. It's a unique privilege to be able to bring his insightful and entertaining views on porn - and life - to the World Wide Web."
Goldstein's blog, entitled "Al Goldstein's G Spot," is the latest in a series of new product features and ventures at Booble.com. With its status as the Internet's premier adult search engine secure, Booble is rapidly becoming the Internet's premier adult portal - complete with an adult Instant Messenger client, a personals content page, and the "Booble Boards" which include fan postings, contests, and an additional blog that's written and managed by Booble webmaster Al Gomez. Other ventures that are either underway or in development include an exclusive adult content offering and a NASCAR-affiliated race car sponsorship.
For interview requests with Al Goldstein or Bob Smart, please contact Scott David at 727.871.3204, or at Scott@GlasureGroup.com.
Booble was built because surfing for adult content using mainstream search engines can often lead to viruses, spyware, credit card scams, and endless pop-up ads. This is because unethical online pornographers know how to manipulate search results, or buy their way to the top, regardless of the quality or value. Booble can't be fooled because each of its 10,000+ listings have been edited and classified by hand. The listings are not manipulated by the artificial intelligence of the major search engines. In addition, Booble's listings often contain pricing information and, where applicable, Booble directs users to unbiased reviews of adult sites and products. Best of all, Booble is a 100% free adult search engine.
About Al Goldstein:
Born in Brooklyn on January 10, 1936, Al Goldstein lost his virginity at the age of 16 to a prostitute arranged for by his uncle, thus sealing his fate to become one of the leading pioneers and outspoken advocates of the adult entertainment industry in America. After an English degree from Pace University and a brief flirtation with law school, Al launched the now-defunct Screw Magazine in 1968, which he continued to publish and use as his personal soapbox for the next 35 years. Other business ventures of Al's include "Midnight Blue," a New York cable show, "Cigar," a newsletter devoted to cigar connoisseurs, "Gadget," a publication for "adult kids" interested in techno toys, "Mobster Times," a crime news journal, and "Death (Bigger than Life)," a journal about the mortuary business, which at one point had a larger circulation than Life Magazine.
Al currently works as National Marketing Director for XonDemand and as a contributing editor to Booble.com, where he writes "Al Goldstein's Booble Beat."