By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Photo by Bobby DealAs U.S. troops engaged in heavy fighting with Iraqi forces Saturday, Jim "Poorman" Trenton filmed his "Bikini Brigade"—a dozen professional swimsuit and glamour models—wrestling in the sand at his Newport beachfront home. The "Battle Royale" was for Trenton's TV show, Poorman's Bikini Beach. Poorman is nothing if not a self-promoter, and he says his show is "the most popular" on KDOC, which is completely believable, given the network's normal reruns of Perry Mason, Charles in Charge and Hot Seat with Wally George.
Before a festive and somewhat-juiced crowd of beachgoers and surfers, the bikini girls wrestled one another simultaneously in a 20-foot-diameter sand ring. Any girl pinned for three seconds had to leave the ring.
"All I can say is I hope you have a plastic surgeon on call," one artificially endowed wrestler told Trenton shortly before the match. "We don't need any poppage."
The match went on for almost an hour—prolonged more by breaks to re-tie bikini tops than by sustained action. The exhausted winner went home with a trophy, some scratches and $150.
We asked a few of the models and attendant "celebrities" what they thought of holding the match at the same time war was raging in Iraq.Dalene Kurtis, 25, Los Angeles