There are over 50 stories and columns on this site. They cover a period from the late 1960s to the present. Publications range from Philadelphia Magazine to Playboy, from New York magazine to a book from Random House. The ten stories below represent the most visited pieces in the last few months. Just click on titles to go to stories. Enjoy. [All stories are copyrighted by Maury Z. Levy, 2011. All rights reserved. No story may be used, in full or in part, without the written consent of the author.]
1. Poor Butterfly: The Muhammad Ali Story In 1975, Ali had been the king of the world for a long time. He was always surrounded by press people fighting for interviews. He talked a lot, but never let anyone get really close to him. Until this.
2. Jimmy Stewart: The Interview America’s favorite actor talks candidly about knocking Hollywood on its ear and Garbo on her ass.
3. The Sex Chapter From the book Gym Psych: the Insider’s Guide to Health Clubs. Written at the height of the fitness craze, this became a tongue-in-cheek manual for those who knew it was better to look good than feel good.
4. Jessica Savitch: Please Don’t Send Me Panties Before she became the talk of the nation, Savitch was the queen of the Philadelphia new jungle. Follow her adventures with co-workers, bosses and fans who send underware.
5. Dead End at Toms River: A Bizarre Murder Mystery A young girl disappears from the streets of Philadelphia. Her body is found half a state away in the woods of Toms River. In pieces. The murderer? No one knows. Certainly not the cops.
6. Raquel Welch: The Playboy Fashion Guide Interview One of the most beautiful women in the world shows it was brains and a really good sense of humor that got her to the top. Oh, and that she likes French asses better than American.
7. The Last Steve Carlton Story When the future Hall of Fame lefty came to Philadelphia for one of the greatest individual seasons ever, he soon became known as the enigma who never spoke to the press. This was the only in-depth story Carlton did before he shut down.
8. Soul on Ice: What You Never Knew About the Philadelphia Flyers This is a happy story. It’s the story of a lot of all‑American boys from Canada and a Jewish vegetable hustler from Washington and Kate Smith and Ed Van Impe’s jockstrap.
9. Terry Bradshaw: The Playboy Interview This hit the stands the day the Steelers’ QB won his first Super Bowl and his first Super Bowl MVP trophy. Most of America thought he was a country bumpkin. Here, he showed a side they’d never seen.
10. The Best of Philly. And the Worst: In the Beginning We never knew that this little feature we invented one day at lunch would become an institution. Dig in.