“06880” does not want to be the TMZ of hyperlocal blogs. Wednesday’s post about Staples High grad/porn king Mike Kulich’s defense of drug company owner/vile human being Martin Shkreli should have been our celebrity ration for the week.
But Kerry Quinn — a Staples 1992 alum — just published an intriguing story in Playboy.* It involves Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee and their very infamous sex tape.
So here goes.
In February 1995, Kerry was a University of Michigan junior. She and 100 spring break friends got upgraded to a 4-star Cancun hotel. That was not good. They worried such a classy place would ruin their “binge drinking, hookups and general shenanigans.”
Hung over, they saw Pamela Anderson — “in a white bikini and real sheer sarong” — walking by. (In 1995, Kerry reminds us, Anderson was “the second coming of Marilyn Monroe.”) A “rocker dude” was in tow.
Turns out, she and Tommy Lee were getting married.
Kerry had only 10 shots left on her camera (“photography was hard in the 1990s”). Her film ran out before the ceremony, but she got a few good photos before that.
A lot more happened — Tommy Lee bought Kerry a piña colada, for example — and then a Globe tabloid photographer bought Kerry’s film for $275. He promised to send back her other photos, of a (drunken) winter formal.
He never did.
But wait! There’s more!
The newlyweds checked out of their hotel (“spring breakers weren’t exactly honeymoon aphrodisiacs”). They headed to a private yacht, where they filmed their infamous sex tape. After being stolen from a safe, it became one of the best-selling porn videos ever.
As Kerry points out, “If I hadn’t been the spring break rep who negotiated a 4-star hotel for a bunch of college kids, then they might not have checked out and gone to a yacht. And maybe they wouldn’t have made that infamous sex tape. Who knows? You’re welcome, America.”
That’s the story. Now, “06880” promises not to run another Staples/porn-connection story.
Unless it’s a good one.
(To read Kerry Quinn’s entire story, click here.)
*Yes, it’s still around.
(Hat tip: Evan Stein)