25 Facts About Al Goldstein


Alvin "Al" Al Goldstein was an American pornographer.

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Al Goldstein is known for helping normalize hardcore pornography in the United States.

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Al Goldstein was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to a Jewish family.

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Al Goldstein served in the Army as a photographer, captained the debate team at Pace College (for whose newspaper he interviewed Allen Ginsberg), and was a photojournalist, taking pictures of Jacqueline Kennedy on a 1962 state trip to Pakistan and spending several days in a Cuban jail for taking unauthorized photos of Fidel Castro's brother, Raul.

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Al Goldstein regularly ran, without permission, photos and drawings of celebrities.

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Al Goldstein played a character in the movie, and is credited as "fourth unit director.

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In 1974 Al Goldstein began Screw Magazine of the Air, soon renamed Midnight Blue, a thrice weekly hour-long adult-oriented public access television program that ran for nearly 30 years on Manhattan Cable's Channel J; federal regulations regarding public access to cable TV systems made it impossible for the cable system to refuse his program.

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Al Goldstein's put the pickles in baggies and sold them to patrons.

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Al Goldstein said that her act "was unbelievably disgusting, so naturally, we made her our symbol.

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October 17, 1977, issue of Screw contained an advertisement for "Al Goldstein's Cinema", located at 8th Avenue and 46th Street near Times Square.

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In 2001, on Saint Martin, an island in the Lesser Antilles, Al Goldstein planned to open the Rabbit Ranch, the first of what he hoped would be a chain of 10 to 30 bordellos that would flourish wherever prostitution is legal.

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Al Goldstein intended to use the profits to finance his second run for sheriff.

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In 1989, Al Goldstein ran a full page ad in Screw offering $1 million for the assassination of the Ayatollah Khomeini, in response to Khomeini's fatwa against novelist Salman Rushdie for allegedly blaspheming Islam.

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Al Goldstein answered, "The only reason that Jews are in pornography is that we think that Christ sucks.

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Al Goldstein said that Flynt's Hustler magazine, founded seven years after Screw, stole the Hustler format from Screw, but that he was not angry.

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Al Goldstein married five times and had a son, Jordan Ari Al Goldstein, with his third wife, Gina.

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Al Goldstein never filed, saying that he could not afford the campaign.

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In 2002, Al Goldstein was found guilty of harassing a former employee, having published her telephone number and place of employment in Screw and encouraging readers to call her and tell her "to stop being such a cunt.

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Al Goldstein served six days before the charges were overturned on appeal.

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Al Goldstein lost his Florida mansion and his townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

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Al Goldstein was fired from New York's well-known Second Avenue Deli for sleeping in the basement, after a brief stint there as a greeter.

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Al Goldstein worked in 2005 as a commissioned salesman for New York City Bagels.

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Al Goldstein was financially supported in his last years by his friend the illusionist Penn Jillette, on whose floor he once slept, and who admired Goldstein for his First Amendment activism.

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Al Goldstein's final residence, prior to a nursing home, was a small apartment in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, paid for by Jillette.

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Al Goldstein died on December 19, 2013, aged 77, from renal failure at a nursing home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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