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A long time ago, in a galaxy that now seems quite far away, Judy Cole was one in a long line of Editors-in-Chief of Playgirl magazine—a job title, that in retrospect, she reports, “Turned out to be a lot like marrying Henry the Eighth.”
After being “axed” to leave for refusing to print unauthorized nude photos of a certain celebrity who shall remain nameless (although these days he spends much of his time splitting parenting duties with Angelina Jolie), Judy authored a book on sex and relationships, "Playing For Keeps: Dating, Seducing and [Maybe] Marrying the Modern Man" (Adams Media) and earned a living as a freelance writer/editor.
Several winters ago, while scurrying to catch a Metro North commuter train, she took a bad spill on a patch of black ice, vaulted bum-over-tea kettle, and in a less-than-stellar landing, fractured her ankle, but good. As a result, she was subsequently afforded the “luxury” of spending several months flat on her derrière.
During this forced hiatus, Judy did a lot of soul searching. Cold weather, rising property taxes, and 9/11 had exacted their toll. She decided that it was time to get out of New York, and so, sold the house, packed up cats, dogs and kin, and made the move South…where, thanks to the combination of one “forty-thousand-dollar troll” in her basement and several arcane, archaic laws regarding Contributory Negligence, she will most likely remain, at least for the foreseeable future, pondering life’s ironies and plotting her strategy for world domination.
After stints as Editor-in-Chief of Today's Charlotte Woman and Vibrant Living magazines, Judy has resumed her freelance career. Her writing has appeared in Creative Loafing, Nerve, SKIRT! Business North Carolina, Men's Fitness online, Charlotte Magazine and Draft.