In 1961, the Texas Tech University yearbook, La Ventana, began the tradition of having a Playboy Magazine feature complete with female students as Playmates and even a full color centerfold!... (although, there was never any nudity). This practice continued for 20 years, with the last faux Playboy cover appearing in the 1982 edition of La Ventana.
Several thoughts come to mind…
1. How did parents feel about paying for their daughter to go to college, and find her on the cover of a mock Playboy cover in the yearbook?
2. Why did the practice end? Was there an outcry from the alumni that it was sexist?
3. What would the public say today of a Playboy insert in a college yearbook? Would there be condemnation or ambivalence?
4. I wonder if the Playboy yearbook segment died because Playboy itself had ceased to be respectable. In other words, Playboy’s image in 1961 was akin to Esquire and GQ. By 1982, however, it became associated more with Hustler and Penthouse. (A faux Hustler spread in the Texas Tech yearbook would've been interesting.)
Note: This is a modified rehash of a previous post which used some horrible Flickr slideshow It's a post from 2010 that badly needs another go. I've added a good deal of additional scanned images from the various yearbook editions as well. Sorry to recycle, but this one badly needed an upgrade.