Reading about University of Tennessee student Patrick Goswitz having porn performer Cherry Morgan tag along as his 'date' to a formal parents' dinner got me thinking about my first real brush with the business side of the porn industry, some 20 years ago.
Back then, I was a bored 20-something with a mundane job at a software company. My new boyfriend's job sounded a lot more interesting to me; he was the marketing director at a small but rapidly growing internet porn company, at a time when internet porn amounted to highly compressed, pixelated images and 'video' which resembled a choppy, quick-moving slide show around the size of a postage stamp.
One of his company's partners was a producer who occasionally came to Arizona to visit the owner of the company, who in addition to being a partner (and fellow pornographer) was a personal friend of the pornographer, who I'll call "Andre," mostly because it facilitates the movie reference I used as a title for this post.
(OK, fine I'll admit it – only because it facilitates the movie reference.)