David Keeps, producer of Esquire’s 80th writes: The salty sailor on the left is named Esky, the official mascot of Esquire, The Magazine For Men, and the man in the frameless eyeglasses, on the right is undoubtedly his father, Admiral Esquire, or something like that. The dapper duo are apparently celebrating Father’s Day in their American Colonial home the way guys did back in 1945: Comparing cheesecake pinups by the legendary Alberto Vargas, who would later design the cover of The Cars’ 1979 classic Candy-O. This alluring bit of WW II and New Wave trivia is just one of the morsels from World of Wonder’s Esquire’s 80th that hit the cutting room floor. (But hey, now you’ve learned something new today.) Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the two-hour documentary airs tonight at 9PM as the first primetime special of the new Esquire Network (on your dial where the Style Network once lived). Esquire’s 80th takes its name from the now-octogenarian Esquire (launched in the fall of 1933), which is the oldest men’s magazine in America and still serving up against-the-grain stories about war, politics, sports, and sex, along with the occasional nude photograph of Mary Louise Parker, who’s on hand to dish a little. The film also features presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Stephen Colbert, Andy Samberg, Aaron Paul, Sandra Bernhard, Today‘s Willie Geist, authors Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese, along with vintage footage of Joe Namath and Farrah Fawcett in matching towels. Something, indeed, for everyone. So tune in to the new Esquire network tonight at 9 to watch Esquire’s 80th.
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