What, precisely, does a lonely traveling businessman get his travel agent as a thank-you gift when he discovers his hotel is hosting Playboy's auditions for the magazine's 55th Anniversary Playmate? Because, no doubt, there are at least a few dudes huddled somewhere at the Westin City Center on North Pearl Street trying to sneak a peek at the would-bes as they doff their duds for a shot at centerfold stardom today and tomorrow. Here, incidentally, is the Houston competition. Why you'd care, I don't really know. --Robert Wilonsky
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