The Bizarre Story Behind Playboy’s Highest-Selling Issue Ever

After a genocide of Playboy owner Hugh Hefner, who died Wednesday during age 91, recollections of a magazine’s many famous moments poured in. But one of a publication’s strangest stories involves a reportedly highest-selling emanate of all time: a Nov 1972 edition, with Swedish indication Lena Soderberg as a centerfold. And a issue’s recognition partly has to do with. … mechanism programming.

It all started in a summer of 1973, when a organisation of engineers during a University of Southern California were perplexing to assistance a co-worker indicate an design for a investigate paper, according to an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers newsletter.

“They had sleepy of their batch of common exam images, lifeless things dating behind to radio standards work in a early 1960s,” Jamie Hutchinson wrote. “They wanted something silken to safeguard good outlay energetic range, and they wanted a tellurian face.”

They got one! As they were looking for a photo, an worker walked into a lab with a duplicate of a Nov 1972 Playboy, that featured Pamela Rawlings on a cover. But, as Playboy readers tend to do, a researchers went true to a centerfold to get their image. It was a workplace, so a researchers were beautiful – they scanned and cropped a tip third of Soderberg’s print shoot, so usually her face and her unclothed shoulder were visible.

The picture, ordinarily referred to as a “Lenna,” done history. (Soderberg went by a name “Lenna Sjooblom” in a magazine.) As a newsletter stated, a design estimate investigate compared with a Soderberg print would eventually “lay a substructure for a JPEG and MPEG standards.”

“Since that time, images of a Playmate have been used as a attention customary for contrast ways in that cinema can be manipulated and transmitted electronically,” a Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science states. “Over a past 25 years, no design has been some-more critical in a story of imaging and electronic communications, and currently a puzzling Lena is deliberate a First Lady of a Internet.”

The Soderberg centerfold emanate sole 7.16 million copies, commanding a list of Playboy’s top-selling issues. Soderberg also became a stone star in mechanism programming circles, given that her design was used so frequently. She attended a Society for Imaging Science and Technology’s discussion in 1997, where she sealed autographs.

But while Soderberg’s print might have paved a approach to new technology, not everybody has been anxious with her ubiquity – from high propagandize students perturbed that a design is used in classrooms to people in a mechanism scholarship margin who find it sexist.

“Some perspective her as an critical partial of image-processing history, a pivotal section in a trail that’s led researchers to a Internet, cameras, and smartphones of today,” Corinne Iozzio wrote in a Atlantic final year. “Others see another, more-troubling covering to Lena’s symbolism, arguing that a Playboy centerfold – even one cropped to a PG rating – is only one some-more summary to women that they don’t go in a male-dominated universe of mechanism science.”

In fact, a Atlantic square reported, Claremont McKenna College highbrow Deanna Needell became “so irritated by a Lena image’s consistent participation in papers and during conferences” that she used a design of Italian indication Fabio for her possess image-processing research.

And what about Playboy’s thoughts on a matter, given a initial print was common but permission? Apparently, they motionless not to care.

“We motionless we should feat this,” a Playboy repute pronounced told Wired in 1997, “because it is a phenomenon.”

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