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Kerry Quinn, Pamela Anderson And That Famous Sex Tape

“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.”

No problem.

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 Quinn's photos ended up in the Globe tabloid.

Kerry Quinn’s photos ended up in the Globe tabloid.

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.

After the ceremony, Kerry asked Pamela Anderson for a photo with her. "Her mouth said, 'Yes,' while her eyes said, 'No,'" Kerry writes. "I gave zero fucks and smiled while my friend Rachel took a picture."

After the ceremony, Kerry asked Pamela Anderson for a photo with her. “Her mouth said, ‘Yes,’ while her eyes said, ‘No,'” Kerry writes. “I gave zero f–ks and smiled while my friend Rachel took a picture.”

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)

The Globe never gave Kerry her winter formal photos. But they did quote her.

The Globe never gave Kerry her winter formal photos. But they did quote her.

Unemployment Is Fun!

After graduating from Staples (1992) and the University of Michigan, Kerry Quinn embarked on career in advertising.  For 11 years she worked and lived in New York.  Then, in a “you only live once” decision, she moved to L.A.

She loved California, and her job in a small agency.  But in 2009 their major client — a bank — was seized by the FDIC, and sold at auction.  A few months later, her office closed.

Kerry was unemployed.

At first she felt depressed and dejected — “like a failure,” she says.  Her days lacked structure.  With the economy in the toilet, tasks like networking and acting upbeat during interviews seemed almost unbearable.

After “wallowing” for a couple of weeks, Kerry got an email offering a free exercise class with a celebrity trainer — on a Wednesday afternoon.

“I started to delete it.  Then I thought, ‘hey — I can do this!” Kerry recalls.

Kerry Quinn

She was spending her days sending out resumes.  But she realized she also had time to do things she’d always wanted to do:  Learn to cook healthfully.  Sell unneeded items.  Reduce her debt.

Kerry had a “funemployment” epiphany.  She would not sit around watching “Wire” marathons — but she could stop pitying herself, and enjoy her new free time.

After 2 months, she landed a small freelance project.  She then spent 4 months full-time, filling in for a pregnant woman.  But, Kerry says, the bulk of her past year and a half has taken her on a “funemployment” journey.

“I changed my outlook,” she says.  “I learned I didn’t have to work 14 hours a day, and ignore the rest of my life.  I need to take care of myself too.”

At networking events — she did not abandon those — she described her philosophy.  People told her she seemed so positive.  They urged her to share her excitement with others.

Kerry started a blog, called LovingFunemployment.

Then — running into people who were not having fun unemployment experiences, because they were depressed or suicidal — she wrote a book.

Funemployed:  Finding the Upside in the Downturn has just been e-published.  With chapters ranging from taking up painting and getting in shape to volunteering, traveling and dating, Kerry spreads the message that readers should not view unemployment as a failure, nor should they internalize it.

The idea behind “funemployment,” she says, is “to go into your next job with a good outlook.”  You can do that by “having some fun.  And don’t feel guilty about doing that.”

This sounds like a recipe for parody — or at least criticism that most unemployed Americans have more on their minds (and less opportunity to pursue it) than yoga lessons or trips to Paris.

“I anticipated that,” Kerry says.  “But I haven’t heard it yet.”

She understands, she adds, that her way  “is not something everyone can do.  If you have a mortgage and 3 kids, and you have to hustle full-time for your next job, ‘funemployment’ can seem trivial and trite.  But I talk about debt management, creating structure in your day, and selling stuff on eBay or taking jobs like babysitting or dog-walking without violating unemployment benefits.”

Her book, she says, “is not all about having fun.  It’s about dealing with issues people face.”

As for those exercise classes, “they don’t have to cost a lot, if you use trial offers or Groupon.”

How long can someone last “funemployed”?

“It depends,” Kerry says.  “You have to figure out your severance, savings and unemployment.  It’s different for each person.”

She is “lucky” to have freelance work, she knows.  “Full-time work in California is tough to find.”

Hopefully too, the book will generate income.

While doing publicity for the book, Kerry is learning new skills.  She hopes they’ll make her even more marketable during the job interviews she continues to pursue.

Landing a new job in advertising “makes the most sense — I’ve got 14 years experience,” she says.

“But I love writing.  Maybe I’ll do TV scripts — or another book.  Writing this one really reignited my passion for writing.”

Chalk up one more benefit to “funemployment.”

(Funemployed is an e-book.  To download it from Amazon, click here.)