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March 20, 1987 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-03-20

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"He's got a strong sense of everything
he likes," Panter says in laid-back Texas
tones. "He's really smart, and he's a collec-
tor of all the kind of stuff that's on the set,
so he knows that genre inside and out. He's
got a great collection of children's text-
books from the Thirties and Forties. His
old house in L.A. was covered with toys
and art and objects."
Pee-wee's friend Allee Willis, a Grammy-
winning songwriter who collects "Atomic
Fifties" memorabilia and has a garden
planted with multicolored bowling balls,
says approvingly, "Pee-wee Herman is com-
pletely into bad taste, completely into
cheese. It's a very Jayne Mansfield men-
tality."
Pee-wee Herman is the creation of an
actor named Paul Reubens, who is the
creation of a man named Paul Rubenfeld.
They're all thirty-four years old, but Pee-
wee doesn't act it. Paul Rubenfeld's
parents are Judy and Milton Rubenfeld.
Pee-wee Herman's parents are Honey and
Herman Herman. Judy Rubenfeld finds
her mythical counterpart "real weird.
When you're a Mrs. Reubens or Mrs.
Rubenfeld and Mrs. Herman, it gets very
confusing." As a matter of fact, she says,
"I'm not sure where Paul ends and Pee-wee
begins."

He's a sexy guy. He looks like this kind
of Puerto Rican love doll. And the most
beautiful lips on a man, the sexiest lips.
— CHARLOTTE McGINNIS, former comedy
partner of Paul Reubens

He has a really nice body!
— BONNIE SCHIFFMAN, photographer, on
shooting Pee-wee in a bathing suit.

He's incredibly sexy, he's adorable, he's
got a great body. He really knows how
to work Pee-wee Herman, so he holds
his body differently when he's in those
clothes. He's pretty tall — I'd say at
least five eleven.

— ALLEE WILLIS

He's got shaggy hair, he's got a goatee,
he's dark complexioned, and he's
wearing rose-tinted sunglasses. You
would never in a million years know it
was Pee-wee Herman. He was real
casual: California clothes, a loose

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