My Night With Leonard Cohen by Roz Warren (New York Times: July 18, 2013) tells the tale of two University of Chicago co-eds who spent a chaste night in bed with Leonard Cohen1 at the Playboy Towers after a 1975 Chicago club date. The story a tad cloy for my taste, but, given its popularity among fans, it seems likely that my judgment has more to do with my curmudgeonly mindset than the account itself. And it does offer an addition to Cohencentric’s collection of Leonard Cohen Ice Cream & Frozen Confections collection:
Mr. Cohen ordered a root beer float with chocolate ice cream, which struck me as a ghastly combination. When he offered me a sip, I tried it, then made a face and pronounced it “appalling.”
In any case, the full story is available at the link.
Background: Leonard Cohen played the Quiet Knight in Chicago on Nov 17 & 18, 1975.
The Chicago Playboy Towers (not to be confused with the Playboy mansion or the Playboy Building) was, until 1970, the Knickerbocker. That year, Hugh Hefner and Playboy Enterprises purchased the hotel at 163 E Walton, renaming it Playboy Towers. The Playboy name was removed in 1976 when Hugh Hefner’s company had a financial downturn. Today, the 306-room hotel is known as the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago.
Note: Originally posted July 18, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- Raising the question of why the title is “My Night With Leonard Cohen” instead of “Our Night With Leonard Cohen” [↩]