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My name is Sharon
Staffler Hansen and I was one of the original Playboy Bunnies to open
the Great Gorge Club in the fall of 1971. I grew up in Scranton,
Pennsylvania and trained as a speed skater. I did well enough to be
invited to the 1968 Olympic Trials. Although I didnít qualify for the
Olympics, I have been inducted in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of
I attended State
College in Pennsylvania and received my B.S. in Physical Education.
While I was teaching High School, I heard that Playboy was hiring
Bunnies for their new club at Great Gorge, New Jersey. On a whim, I
went to the interview and was immediately hired.
I was very
excited, although my parents were not exactly thrilled to hear that I
was leaving my teaching job and becoming a Playboy Bunny! When the
club opened in December of 1971, Sandy Schiffer was my Bunny Mother.
She was a warm and wonderful person and I will always have fond
memories of her. Actually, when I first joined Playboy, there was
already a Bunny Sharon. I had to be Bunny Amanda until I could change
back to my real name.
I loved all my
new friends and room mates. It is amazing how we all quickly bonded.
During my time at Great Gorge, I lived with "Beep" Betty Clark,
Cookie, Libby and Carol.
In 1972, I was
asked to participate in Great Gorge's Bunny of the Year Contest. I
came in third as Bunny Warren won the contest and Bunny Michelle came
in second. The following year, I was selected to travel to Japan and
promote Playboy products.
The trip to Japan
was wonderful. I went with Lake Geneva's Bunny Coni, (who was
the reigning "Bunny of the Year" of all the Playboy Clubs) and Bunny
Linda from Chicago. We spent three weeks in Japan and traveled
throughout the country being photographed, playing golf and attending
I remained with
Playboy until 1976 and worked at several clubs, including Denver and
Chicago. The mansion in Chicago was fantastic and I will always
remember how well they treated the Bunnies.
Playboy, I went to work for TWA as a flight attendant, as I always had
a passion for travel. The knowledge that I had been a Playboy Bunny
impressed all the other flight attendants.
I left TWA in
1983 to have my son, who is now 21. Currently, I am very happily
married and living in Roslyn, Long Island.
frequently to Europe and enjoy reading, working out and agonizing over
my investments. I have nothing but great memories of the clubs and I
am looking forward to the reunion next year.
Sharon Staffler Hansen
Great Gorge, Denver and
Chicago Playboy Clubs,