Auburn “Bad Boys” calendar fundraiser aims for potentially risqué laughs

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn-area men are posing for a fund-raising calendar. And the mystery for now is how far will they go. The “Full Bounty of Placer County – The Bad Boys of Auburn” calendar is the brainchild of Auburn Recreation District Director Jim Ferris, who says he’s open to as much – or as little – skin as his roster of well-known community members is willing to reveal. If that means shirts, pants and shoes, that’s fine, Ferris said. If that means mostly middle-aged or older men wearing nothing but a smile, with a strategic prop placed over selective parts of their anatomy, that’s OK too, he said. The bottom line is the calendar will be tasteful, funny and fun, Ferris said. The calendar’s roster of recruits is a veritable who’s who of Auburn life. City Councilmen Mike Holmes and Bill Kirby, Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes, Placer High football coach Joey Montoya, City Manager Bob Richardson, Sheriff Ed Bonner, Auburn Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bruce Cosgrove and recreation district Director Gordy Ainsleigh are some of the more well-known selections. Teri Defuentes of Foresthill laughed out loud when she saw some of the images in a calendar of Midwest men in various states of undress that Ferris discovered while he and his wife were visiting friends in Missouri. Everything from chainsaws to corn cobs to sombreros were enlisted as coverups in “The Bad Boys of Big Lake” calendar. The Missouri calendar was Ferris’s inspiration to try something similar in Auburn to raise funds for the non-profit Friends of Auburn Area Recreation District. “I would buy one of these,” Defuentes said. “And every day, I’d look at it and roll over laughing. I’d buy one for my mom, too.” Ferris said that Defuentes reaction is the one he’s hoping to see when the calendars go public in September. Until then, the poses and actual photos will be closely guarded secrets, he said. “The emphasis isn’t on the body beautiful,” Ferris said. “It’s on humor.” Kristine Hanson, KAHI AM meteorologist and Playboy Playmate of the Month for September 1974, said that a photo shoot can be a daunting experience for some. She brought her very best friend along to her first Playboy session and suggests the “Bad Boys of Auburn” might want to have a close family member – even a spouse – along to make them feel less self-conscious. The main goal is to feel comfortable and happy as the camera snaps away, Hanson said. That could mean choosing a prop like a motorcycle or pet. Or maybe it’s donning hip waders and heading out to a favorite fishing spot with the photographer, she said. “That takes the emphasis off you emotionally,” Hanson said. “Then you can maybe flirt with the camera a bit more and have more personality come out.” Jerry Kopp, owner of Uptown Signs and one of the 15 men who have agreed to be in the calendar, said he’s going to be as agreeable as he can on a project that will do good for a worthy cause. Ferris said funds will be used to help with improvements to children’s play areas. Other ”Placer County Bounty” volunteers are veterinarian Virgil Traynor, jeweler Harvey Roper, nursery owner Earle Eisley, former City Councilman Bob Snyder, wine shop owner Gary Moffat and recreation district administrator Kahl Muscott. “I’ll do anything they want me to do but my first reaction is ‘They’ve gotta be kidding me – all of us old guys with our fat bellies,’” Kopp said. “Would I get nude and hold a sign? I don’t know if I have a sign that big.” Jim Holmes said his plans for a “Bad Boys” photo shoot are still up in the air. “The details have to be worked out,” Holmes said. “I’d support anything – well, almost anything ARD would do.” An aura of mystery surrounds Bonner’s appearance in the calendar. The sheriff has been game over the years for dunk tanks, head shaves and pies in the face in the name of a good cause. Only the calendar’s release in September will show whether he’ll be in or out of uniform – and how far out of uniform he’ll be willing to go. “I doubt if I’ll be very risqué,” Bonner said, with a laugh. “There are laws that prohibit that sort of thing. I’m still discussing things with my wife about something that’s age-appropriate.”