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David Purcell Posted - 07/06/2009 : 07:28:14
As a mere child in the 60's I remember reading a story in Playboy by Mr. Shepherd about an experience during basic training that involved a clip joint called Pearl's Bamboo Hut. The characters Gasser and Zinsmeister were in the story. That's all I can remember. I wonder now if this is a false memory because the story hasn't been antholgized nor is it included in any listing of Mr. Shepherd's Playboy stories. As a long time fan and follower I've never seen any reference to this story at all and I have searched. Does anyone have any information about this story? All I really have to have is the date of that particular Playboy. I'd love to read the story again. Any information at all would be appreciated.

David Purcell
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spiderman Posted - 07/09/2009 : 01:42:37
That story is, in fact, "ZINSMEISTER AND THE TREACHEROUS EIGHTER FROM DECATUR" which appeared in Playboy Jan. '70. They visited "HOWIE'S HAWAIIAN BAMBOO JUNGLE INN" on a pass and got "soaked" by ordering Howie's specialty, the Aloha Hoki-Loki Jungle Juice Blaster...

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Bill Bucko Posted - 07/06/2009 : 20:41:53
I believe the Shep bibliography (elsewhere on this site) is highly accurate. The only "Playboy" stories it lists with an Army background are:

September, 1967 "The Secret Mission of the Blue-Assed Buzzard"

December, 1968 "Banjo Butt Meets Julia Child" and

January, 1970 "Zinsmeister and the Eighter from Decatur"

At the moment my copies are behind some heavy boxes I don't feel like moving, but I suspect you're thinking of the latter story, in which a couple of con artists spectacularly fool Shep's wet-behind-the-ears buddies.

All 3 stories are excellent (but unanthologized).


Warren G. Harding Class of '63

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