The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 44
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 44

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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i 'e r-r- ClO-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 WORLD OF HAIR 6Hite Report' Author Isn't Rich Yet (Specializing in Haircutting) 2001 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD., WEST PALM BEACH PHONE 683-0600 Open Monday-Saturday Ig """"flf 'if I. . , Merc ,. oA' ft A if mr . 1 A CREATIVE "Tr eem s Designed and created by Artists and Craftsmen For that Someone Special ONE-OF-A-KIND ORIGINALS Open Mon. thru Sat. 9:30 am 'lit 6pm SHOP EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS JtWURY RESTYLING RESTORATION t fINl REPAIR ilWlLIRS' TOOLS t SUPPLIES CREATIVE JEWELRY Sr.jhPpaim beaoks 1091 N. Military Trail - West Palm Beach, Fla. 686-0509 "n.-M.iii m ;2 For Your Christmas Gifts with the Personal Touch. Designed with You in Mind! 20 OFF EVERYTHING IN OUR STORE Located in Palm Plata 1401 S. Military Trail Wet Palm Beach - 964-4848 lis Designs -'n-Decor By PATRICIA McCORMACK United Prtit International NEW YORK - Shere Hite, the nation's newest sex expert and author of the best-selling "The Hite Report," says she frets over her $27,-000 worth of debts. How can that be? Her book detailing a nationwide study of female sexuality is on the best-seller list. It's $12.50 and many stores have trouble keeping it in stock due to the "delicious nature" of the reading, as one reader put it. Another describes it as "autoerotic." How can debts be? When 170,000 of the first printing are almost gone and the publisher, Macmillan, has another 100,000 on the conveyor belt. When Knopf, successful bidder at auction for the right to publish Hite's sequel a report on male sexuality has agreed to a $315,000 advance? How all that indebtedness can be came up at lunch in a restaurant specializing in highly spiced Indian food. Ms. Hite looked out the window at New York's Central Park, sipped white wine, picked at a chicken leg and told as much as she wanted to. On the list of topics, besides money, was her career as a photographic model, including a nude published in a holiday issue of "Playboy" in the early '70s. She also revealed glimpses of some returns from early questionnaires in the study of male sexuality which is scheduled to be published in about two years. Like the study on female sexuality, this book will inventory, in men's own words, what they like, abhor, and the modus operandi of their sexual conduct. Contributors include heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual and perhaps, as it's been called trisexual. Ms. Hite said she is in debt, despite her rise to the best-seller list in meteoric fashion, for this simple reason: She hasn't received any royalty checks yet, her advance ran out a long time ago and dozens of kind friends have loaned her money. The situation will improve even before the royalty check from Macmillan is written, as soon as Knopf comes across with the $315,000 advance. Ms. Hite has found that being on the best-seller list makes a difference in the size of advance checks. Her first hardcover one was for $20,-000. And it came in dribs and drabs, not one big lump. Ms. Hite and her agent-publicist Sheri Safran expect the six-figure advance check soon. Ms. Safran, J We Have PRESSES Half Sizes also Original Sportiwaar 105 LAKEVIEW AVE., WEST PALM BEACH ?; i ? .I'.il Publicist Sheri Safran and Author Shere Hite The author also was emphatic about being "a researcher" and not just a regular author. She almost had her Ph.D. in cultural history from Columbia University in 1968 when she went out to work, preferring photographic model chores to licking labels or typing. To hear her tell it, being a model wasn't fulfilling to one who wanted to do something to make life better for others. On television she was an Olivetti girl in a typing pool and told to "look seductive" when the camera focused on her, for one example of an assignment Ms. Hite LPI Telephoto New York Dine in "Become a doctor, gain 20 pounds to fit the image of a woman professor were some of the suggestions," Ms. Hite said. "For as long as I remember I wondered why society was like it is, why haves and have nots," she said. "When you are a child you see that." Ms. Hite said she was reared by her grandmother, Mrs. Gertrude Hurt, in St. Joseph, Mo., until she was 14. She said her mother and dad were sweethearts and got married when the war came along but fell apart after the war. She studied piano and her grandmother, now 81, believes Ms. Hite "a lovely child always" could have been a concert pianist if she had put her mind to it. "The Hite Report" contains excerpts from questionnaires filled out by 3,000 women. Some 100,000 questionnaires were distributed and those filled in represent a return of 3 per cent, not very high as questionnaire returns go. The book is an analysis of the returns from women ages 14 to 78 willing to put down in their own words their most intimate feelings about sex. FURNITURE METAL SCULPTURE ART GIFTS PICTURE MATTING & FRAMING :5 -P: L7 D D D D IL i"u . EYE 1 ll price 50 OFF ALL BUDGET 1653 FORUM JUST EAST OF BEHIND GLASSES coupon DESIGNER FRAMES ONLY . . . OPTICAL PLACE - W.P.B. D D D D D D .a who picked up the $32 lunch tab, has been called "The P.T. Barnum of the Publishing World." Barnum, the circus man, was known for his spectacular promotions. He also said "There's a fool born every minute," referring to the gullibility of a thrill-seeking public. Ms. Safran takes her share of credit for the success of "The Hite Report." She manages Ms. Hite the way a trainer does a prize horse. Some of Safran's best-selling authors include Julie Weintraub ("Big Julie of Vegas"), the man who arranges junkets to Las Vegas for gamblers; Marc Fasteau ("The Male Machine"); Barbara Howar ("Laughing All the Way"). Safran offers publishing houses "a four-week, 20-city maximum saturation publicity tour (author and book) for less than full-page ads in the New York Times." She said a page in the Times costs $9,000. In the cities the author is scheduled for radio and television interviews and "taken around to newspapers," for interviews. Ms. Hite had just returned from such a tour when we met for lunch. "I'm tired," she said, "and my eyes are red." She had on dark glasses. Her long blonde hair, with corkscrew curls around the hairline, trailed softly over a '20s satin blouse with ruffles at cuffs and neckline. "Thrift shop clothes," she said, talking about her wardrobe. "I go for the '20s look." Ms. Hite groaned when Safran handed her the schedule for the next and could use a rest She sounded serious. i. .. : ,i ..i. u .. .. i i : ofecHOBtf 0723 BEDDING 1 1 ;1rn Z I I UMIinUltl I 11 JuijILiy 684 - 1313 PALM BEACH MALL FORUM III COMPLEX "I hated every minute of it,' said. Nude photos? she No apologies from Ms. Hite who spent quite a few years as a photographic model. Anyone on that circuit knows, for example, a model might be expected to do an art pose now and then. She's surprised that anyone's surprised she had pictures taken with clothes off. Ms. Hite said she appeared in the holiday edition of "Playboy" in 1971 when 10 photographers were asked to submit their favorite nude. "I was just one of 10," she said. When her book on female sexuality was nearing completion, Ms. Hite said all kinds of suggestions were made about how she might change her appearance. 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