Former Playboy cover girl Elizabeth & # 39; Bo & # 39; Black, who had refused to appear nude in the magazine while a college student, died at the age of 74.
Black died Friday morning at her Scottsdale, Arizona home after a long decline in her health, according to her husband, former MLB manager Tom Trebelhorn.
"She was a gun, buddy," Trebelhorn, her 20-year-old husband, told the New York Daily News. "It was a gun."
The one-time Playboy cover star Bo Black (on an undated photo) died on Friday at the age of 74 after a long decline in her health, her family said
Black has been known as the director of the Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for nearly 20 years.
Trebelhorn directed the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986 to 1991 and the Chicago Cubs in 1994.
Black became a Playboy cover model in 1967 after drawing the attention of a boy scout at the age of 21 and a cheerleader at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Black appeared on the cover of the September 1967 Playboy edition, although he refused to pose naked in the magazine
Black posed for the scout – in town looking for co-eds for the upcoming college edition – while wearing a short brown skirt and yellow turtleneck and earning $ 25 for the trouble.
Black, a Catholic who went to mass daily, said she didn't tell her parents what she did because her "mother had a seizure," she told the Republic of Arizona in 2018.
The stencil was high when someone from Playboy Blacks called home because he liked her photo and wanted her to pose for the cover.
Black said her parents had finally agreed to let her take part in the Playboy shoot while she was wearing her clothes.
In this way, she was introduced in the now legendary Playboy sleeve from September 1967 with a green and white jersey and matching knee-highs while holding a football helmet under one arm.
She received $ 100 in payment for the cover shoot, but could have earned $ 5,000 if she agreed to pose naked for the magazine's centerfold – which she declined.
& # 39; Are you kidding? & # 39; I wanted to be a nun! & # 39; she told the newspaper.
Black (pictured) was the director of the Summerfest music festival in Milwaukee for almost 20 years and also the director of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Black (left) was married to former MLB manager Tom Trebelhorn (right) for 20 years. She had three children and four grandchildren
Instead of leading this Playmate life, Black graduated from college in 1969 and received a teaching certificate.
Subsequently, Black taught math, sang at the Skylight Music Theater in Milwaukee, was an assistant to the Mayor of Wilwaukee, Henry Maier, and became director of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Summerfest.
When Black resigned from her summer party role, she talked about health problems and heart surgery and found in the early 2000s that one side of her family had heart disease, according to Fox 6 Now.
Bo Black has been a big part of Milwaukee for many years. In the entire history of the summer festival, no name is associated with the annual event more than Bo Black, ”said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a statement to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"She brought enthusiasm and glamor to her position as leader of the Milwaukee World Festivals, and she was also a demanding leader who put the summer festival and ethnic festivals on a course for continued success."
Barrett added that Black & # 39; is really a celebrity in Milwaukee. She will be remembered for a long time for her influence on our city. & # 39;
In a statement, the summer festival attributed Black to "working tirelessly for various ethnic festivals and other charities to ensure its success," and stated that it had campaigned for "Operation Summer Chance," a youth employment program that focused on this aimed to provide Milwaukees young people with a work experience at Henry Maier Festival Park. & # 39;
The music festival called Black "a force" and said it was "grateful for their efforts, creativity and flair, which help to make the summer festival the incredible experience it is today, on behalf of all participants of the past and At this summer festival, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Bo & # 39; s friends and family. & # 39;
Wisconsin Sen. Alberta Darling said in a statement that Black & # 39; is a friendly friend who cares about her community and those around her. I was lucky enough to call Bo a friend for many years. I will be forever grateful for their friendship, their laughter and their wisdom. & # 39;
Darling added: “Rest in peace, Bo. You made the big gig and now you go to the biggest gig there is. I'll miss you. Your family is in my prayers. & # 39;
Black's daughter, Stephanie Anderson, said that her mother always made everyone feel special, be it the Summerfest board or the caretaker who was just picking up trash on the premises.
Anderson said, "This is a remarkable quality that my children will hopefully take away from her."
Black is survived by Trebelhorn, three children and four grandchildren.
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