Lou Cove in conversation with Howie Gordon discussing "Man of the Year"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Lou Cove to the store to discuss and sign, Man of the Year: A Memoir, on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 pm. Joining him in conversation will be the Man of the Year himself, Howie Gordon.
In 1978 Jimmy Carter mediates the Camp David Accords, Fleetwood Mac tops the charts with Rumours, Starsky fights crime with Hutch, and twelve-year-old Lou Cove is uprooted from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Salem, Massachusetts- a backwater town of witches, Puritans, and sea-captain wannabes. After his eighth move in a dozen years, Lou figures he should just resign himself to a teenage purgatory of tedious paper routes, school bullies, and unrequited lust for every girl he likes.
Then one October morning an old friend of Lou's father, free-wheeling (and free-loving) Howie Gordon arrives at the Cove doorstep from California with his beautiful wife Carly. Howie is everything Lou wants to be: handsome as a movie star, built like a god and in possession of an unstoppable confidence.
Then, over Thanksgiving dinner, Howie drops a bombshell. Holding up an issue of Playgirl magazine, he flips to the center and there he is, Mr. November in all his natural glory. Howie has his eye on becoming the next Burt Reynolds, and a wild idea for how to do it: win Playgirl's Man of the Year. And he knows just who should manage his campaign. As Lou and Howie canvas Salem for every vote in town - little old ladies at bridge club, the local town witch, construction workers on break and everyone in between - Lou is forced to juggle the perils of adolescence with the pursuit of Hollywood stardom.
Man of the Year is the improbable true story of Lou's thirteenth year, one very unusual campaign, and the unexpected guest who changes everything.
Lou Cove lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and he hasn't seen a new copy of Playgirl since 1980.
Photo Credit- Joanna Chattman
Howie Gordon (film name Richard Pacheco), is an American former pornographic film and video actor, writer and director who retired from the X-rated business in the mid-1980s. He appeared in more than 100 x-rated films and videos. He has won multiple adult film awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director. He was Playgirl magazine's Man of the Year in 1979.