• KIMBERLY MCARTHUR

    PLAYMATE OF THE MONTH JANUARY 1983
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Kimberly McArthur answered the phone in her hotel room at a ridiculously early hour. Before we could ask if she had time for an interview, she was off and running. "Hey," she said, "have you read Woody Allen's Side Effects? You have? Well, do you remember this part?" She proceeded to read, in a delightful Southern drawl, a section about UFOs, Government investigations and the notion of traveling 186,282 miles per second. "It says here your hat would blow off. Which reminds me. You know there is a skill to putting on a cowboy hat. The main trick is to pull it over your ears without getting your thumbs stuck. Such was our introduction to Miss January. She had just flown into Chicago from her current home in Dallas. She was playful, teasing. She suggested that we conduct an interview while walking along the shore of Lake Michigan. "I love long walks along the beach. Or, for that matter, short walks around the bathtub. What would you like to know about me? I tried out for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. I didn't make it. Why? I didn't kick high enough. The girls who made it had kicks that looked like exclamation points. An average day? Well, I wake up in the morning, turn on the TV and exercise along with Richard Simmons, the weight saint. I practice my kick. I play with my cat. We do cart wheels on the carpet. I go to work at a video-game company. I go home. I cook. I fall asleep listening to Barbra Streisand records through the headphones. I listen through only one ear - I try to sing along and match the modulation. One of these days, I'd like to sing like that." The interview moved into serious topics, Kim's childhood (she had to drop out of high school in her home town of Fort Worth to help earn money for her family) and her career: She wants to be an entertainer. "It's something I've been doing all my life. If someone I know is really down, I'll launch into a brogue, do a whole skit. You should see me do a five-minute version of The Wizard of Oz. I play all the parts." She then proceeded to demonstrate. Several passers-by stopped to appreciate the impromptu performance. "They're probably wondering how long I've been out," Kim laughed. The word for her behavior is irrepressible. "What would your readers like to know about me? This could get very complicated, you know. How does this sound? 'Kim likes the simple things in life: mink underwear. Large sapphires.' " It turns out that she does like the simple things in life. "I like the signals given at dinner. The knowing laugh. Where, just for a moment, you and the person you love step outside the crowd and share something private. I like Fort Worth. There's a place called the Lone Star Chili Parlor, out by the reservoir. You walk out back and it's like being transported to Paris or Venice. I like having dinner with friends, having the evening end with hugs, knowing you've shared something special." We end the walk knowing that we have shared something very special - a few minutes in the life of a very likable lady. A Southern Star.


KIMBERLY MCARTHUR

PLAYBOY PLUS

MISS JANUARY 1982

Birthdate: September 16, 1962

Birthplace: Fort Worth Texas USA

Height:  5'3"

Weight: 101 lbs

Measurements: 37DD-22-34

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How could we properly describe our Miss January 1982? She’s spicy Texan with an all-natural DD-cup chest who loves to ramble and get lost in her own train of thought. How exactly would Kimberly McArthur describe herself though? Her answer may take more than a minute to explain. “I love long walks along the beach. Or, for that matter, short walks around the bathtub. What would you like to know about me? I tried out for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. I didn't make it. Why? I didn't kick high enough. The girls who made it had kicks that looked like exclamation points,” says petite Kim as she takes a moment to breathe. “An average day? Well, I wake up in the morning, turn on the TV and exercise along with Richard Simmons, the weight saint. I practice my kick. I play with my cat. We do cart wheels on the carpet. I go to work at a video-game company. I go home. I cook. I fall asleep listening to Barbra Streisand records through the headphones. I listen through only one ear—I try to sing along and match the modulation. One of these days, I'd like to sing like that.” The rambling blonde with bright blue eyes is a man’s Texas dream and if her voluptuous body ever found itself in a Dallas Cowboys cheerleading uniform, Playboy fans would be left jaw dropped. “It was the first time I had ever gone up against the world,” says Kimberly about being a Cowboys cheerleading finalist. “Even if I didn’t win, it gave me a lot of confidence. If it weren’t for that experience, I probably would never have tried out for Playboy. It’s not a question of vanity. I don’t want you to get the idea that, ‘Hey, I’m a Playmate. I don’t touch the ground.’ I’m just testing myself. Guys do it all the time.” Miss McArthur tested her limits in Hollywood recently as well. The babbling beauty starred in an episode of Magnum, P.I. and also starred alongside Rodney Dangerfield in Easy Money, but she’s not done telling us about herself yet. “What would your readers like to know about me? This could get very complicated, you know. How does this sound? ‘Kim likes the simple things in life: mink underwear. Large sapphires,’” says our Miss January 1982. “Are Playmates perfect? I wish. I once ordered dinner in The Palm in Chicago’s Mayfair Regent, then found I couldn’t charge it to my room. I said if they trusted me, I’d make them famous. But, there are moments of perfection. I live for them. Buying fried chicken and eating it under the stars in the middle of a football field. Lying in front of a fire, roasting marshmallows. If you can’t tell, I’m a hopeless romantic.” We couldn’t stop Kimberly McArthur from rambling even if we tried –and we didn’t try very hard because she’s just so gosh darn cute when she does.

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