Ten years ago this week, on January 13 2013, The Rialto Report launched. With no fanfare, publicity, or social media announcement, we posted a brief article remembering (who else?) Jamie Gillis.
The vision for The Rialto Report was simple: to tell the stories of the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of adult films through new and unpublished research, photographs, and interviews with the participants themselves.
In the ten years since then:
- We have published 126 podcasts (which have been downloaded several million times), 516 posts – and 10,906 of you have left us comments on the website (thanks!)
- Our five most popular podcasts have been (in order): Christy Canyon, Ginger Lynn, Keisha, Kay Parker and Tom Byron
- Our most popular articles have been: the Avon series, our revelations about Dolly Sharp, the discovery of the identity of Navred Reef, the secret history behind ‘Centurians of Rome‘, the Deep Throat @ 50 articles, and the stories of Honeysuckle Divine, Marc Stevens, Wade Nichols, and Mary Stuart
- On a sad note, we have interviewed many pioneers who have since passed away, including Jamie Gillis, Harry Reems, Gloria Leonard, Jennifer Welles, Gerard Damiano, Johnnie Keyes, Candida Royalle, and Kay Parker – and many more. We hope their interviews with us make them live longer in our hearts and minds
- We have digitized hundreds of magazines from the 1960s-1980s, making them available for all on the website
- And… outside of the United States, The Rialto Report is apparently accessed most from Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, and… Iran (!)
The last ten years have been a wild, entertaining, and rewarding experience – and we only hope that we have conveyed some of that to our listeners and readers.
Most of all, we send thanks to everyone who we have interviewed or who has helped us over the years, and to everyone who has listened, read, commented, emailed, or liked what we have done – we appreciate you all.
This week, we wanted to take a moment to look back – with a selection of behind-the-scenes photographs and memories from Rialto Report events over the last ten years. Happy Birthday, Rialto Report.
With thanks to JJ Marsh for sending us the featured poster for this article.
Christy Canyon (‘Christy Canyon: A Twelve O’Clock Girl in a Nine O’Clock Town – Podcast 90‘) and Rob Spallone
Michael Gaunt (‘Barbara Broadcast: A Podcast in Four Courses – Podcast 15‘) with R. Bolla
Phil Prince (‘Avon Films: Phil Prince’s Story – Podcast 87‘) in the 1980s and shortly before he passed in 2019
Sue Nero (‘Sue Nero: Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More’ – Podcast 125‘) on Zoom about to start the Rialto Report interview
Dave Ruby (‘Whatever Happened to Dave Ruby?‘) celebrating his birthday
Robert Kerman (‘R. Bolla: Adult Film’s Method Actor – Podcast 12‘)
Jerry Butler (‘Jerry Butler: Young, Wild and Wonderful – Podcast 37‘) visited Rialto Towers for his interview in 2014
Paul Thomas after his Rialto Report interview (‘Paul Thomas: The 10 Provocations of PT – Podcast 88 & 89‘)
Veronica Hart (‘Veronica Hart: Hart to Heart – Podcast 60‘) hiking in Los Angeles
Tiffany Clark (‘Tiffany Clark: No Simple Yes or No – Podcast 63‘) after her interview with April Hall
Seka (‘Seka: The Platinum Princess Speaks – Podcast 23‘) with her limited edition Rialto Report t-shirt
Johnnie Keyes (‘Johnnie Keyes: The Man Behind The Green Door – Podcast 59‘) (with C.J. Laing) at the AVN Awards
The elusive John Buco (‘John Buco: The Double Life of Water Power’s Mystery Man‘) emerged from hiding!
John Amero (‘John Amero and ‘Body of a Female’ – Podcast 01‘), subject of our first ever podcast
Jean Silver (‘Jeanne Silver: Real Wild Child – Podcast 08‘) with old friend Tiffany Clark
Adult film and theater owner pioneer, Howard Ziehm (‘Howard Ziehm: Mona… (and marijuana, music, and M.I.T.) – Podcast 48‘)
Ginger Lynn (‘Ginger Lynn: The Girl Next Door – Podcast 43‘) with lifelong friend, Christy Canyon
Carl Parker (‘Unexpected Outcomes: Carl Parker and David Savage‘), star of Radley Metzger’s ‘The Image’ and ‘Score’
Candida Royalle (‘Candida Royalle: ‘Femme’, Feminism, and a Female Icon – Podcast 35‘) with fellow Club 90 member, Veronica Vera
Marc Wallice – interview unpublished
Legendary cheesecake model and S&M model Jutka Goz (‘The Search for the Model in the Picture: A Story of Leather Boots, Whips, and High Heels‘) at lunch after the Rialto interview
Jennifer Welles at her home in Arizona (‘Jennifer Welles: The Lady Vanishes – Podcast 03‘)
‘Behind The Green Door’s George McDonald, (‘George McDonald: The First Adult Film Star – Podcast 54‘) at home in Sausalito, CA
Italian Giallo star, Florinda Bolkan, at her home north of Rome. Italy in 2015
Catherine Burgess, star of Through the Looking Glass – unpublished interview
Carter Stevens (‘Carter Stevens: A Porn Renaissance Man – Podcast 07‘) at home in Pennsylvania
Rialto Report favorite, Alexandria (‘Alexandria: A Mystery Is Solved‘)
Barbara Dare (‘Barbara Dare: A Curious Woman – Podcast 58‘) about to be interviewed
Annie Sprinkle (‘Annie Sprinkle: The Early Years – Podcast 05‘) was one of our first interviews (seen here with C.J. Laing)
Herschel Savage (‘Herschel Savage: The Evergreen Porn Star – Podcast 24‘): our favorite Buddhist
Vanessa del Rio at a Rialto Report dinner party in 2015 – interview to follow… (vintage photo courtesy of Vivienne Maricevic)
Tom Byron (‘Tom Byron: A Life Choice – Podcast 67‘) – our most downloaded podcast with a male subject
Ron Jeremy – interviewed in 2020, unpublished to date – before the fall
Jose Duval (‘Jose Duval: Porn’s Monogamous Swinger‘) – mysterious European stud
Jesse Adams – unpublished interview
George Payne (‘George Payne: Wild Man of Porn – Podcast 02‘) showed off his body after the Rialto Report interview
Helen Madigan – unpublished interview – with Richard Miler (in the 1980s) and Jamie Gillis (in 2008)
Candy Samples (‘Whatever Happened to Candy Samples? – Podcast 55‘), one of the sweetest people interviewed
One of XXX’s first ever performers, Eric Edward (‘Eric Edwards: Twilight of a Shy Porn Star – Podcast 22‘)
Veronica Vera (‘Veronica Vera: A Consenting Adult – Podcast 30‘) – then and now: still stunning
Roberta Findlay (‘Roberta Findlay: A Respectable Woman – Podcast 53‘) in her Manhattan office
Randy Paul (‘Randy Paul: His Own Drummer‘), cult performer from 1980s
Roy Stuart (‘Roy Stuart: From New York to Paris‘) – at his studio in Paris
Billy Dee (‘Billy Dee: Porn Again Christian – Podcast 56‘), traveling salesman, ex-porn star
Ken Scudder (‘The Passing of a San Francisco Pioneer‘), interviewed just before he passed in 2019
The incomparable C.J. Laing (‘When C.J. Laing Opened the Ultra Room‘)
Beerbohn Tree, the enigmatic Englishman in 1970s New York XXX films (‘Remembering Beerbohn Tree‘)
Al Goldstein (‘Al Goldstein: Screw, Midnight Blue, and Fuck You – Podcast 31‘) at his nursing home in his last year
Alfred Sole (‘‘Deep Sleep’ (1972): How a Suburban Porno Set Off a Massive Federal Witch Hunt – Podcast 52‘), director of the persecuted ‘Deep Sleep’
Hiking with Sue McBain (‘Susan McBain: A Personal Odyssey – Podcast 17‘)
Sexploitation superstar, Ute Erickson – unpublished interview
Joey Silvera – still busy in the industry for six decades
Jim South (‘Jim South: The Last Agent – Podcast 49‘) – being interview for The Rialto Report
Erica Eaton, publicist, writer, performer – unpublished interview
Maggie Gyllenhaal hears stories from the golden age of adult film as preparation for HBO’s ‘The Deuce’
I know that several other commenters had noted this already but this 10th anniversary post gives the chance to reiterate the sheer size of your accomplishment with The Rialto Report.
This truly is the golden age of research of the golden age of adult film, and it is down to this one site.
The research is staggering, the writing is impressive, and the interviewing is beyond compare.
Happy birthday indeed: we have much to thank you for.
We so appreciate this Arne!
10 YEARS???!?! Incredible achievement guys.
Not least because of your insistence to only publish NEW information. Which you continue to do without fail on a weekly basis.
To think that you have accompanied me for over a third of my life, with entertainment and intelligence.
A third of your life? Now we really feel old! Thanks so much Patrick!!
Congratulations to all.
Not a understatement to say you have changed how the history of this business will be remembered.
You have given voice to those who didn’t have it before: the participants.
Here’s to another 10 years?
Happy Birthday. I greatly enjoyed the Avon series, the piece about Marc Stevens, and Chesty Morgan too. There are many other good articles.
Thanks so much Patricia!
A mighty mighty achievement. You given me a lot of pleasure.
(And greeting to the Iranian fans! 😉
Happy Birthday To Ralito Report Can’t Wait For Marc Wallace And Ron Jeremy Interview Article And Podcast Keep Up Good Work
Thanks and have enjoyed everything. So informative and great journalism all around.
For stars on the fence about doing this in the future, people do really care about what happened to you. This seems a safe way for you all to check in. Your stories need to be heard.
And PT how the hell is he still that good looking?!?
What a great comments James – thank you!
Thanks as always Jeff!
Congratulations on ten years of stellar reporting!
Curious: Are the many unpublished interviews in the queue?
Thank you for all your work.
Enough stories to keep us going for a while Corey – thanks!
Congratulations on ten years and hope for many more.
Thank you for everything you do and have done. I found you in 2014 while randomly looking for interviews with Georgina Spelvin and have never looked back. The treasure trove of information, interviews and ephemera is insane and I’ve appreciated every piece if it. Partial to the Veronica Hart and Susan McBain interviews, the latter because I found her such a charming presence in golden age adult. Hope the unpublished interviews make their way to air or to the site. Here’s to another ten years.
The story of the people behind the golden age of porn is as important as any history subject I can think of. The love, compassion and sheer work you guys have put into sharing the events, people and films of this important time is truly world class. This site and the passion and love behind it represents the best of the internet and you all should be justly proud of the 10 years of hard toil. Bravo!!!!
Thank you so, so much Don!
We really appreciate it Jim!
I look forward to every Sunday because of RR. Congrats!!!
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary
May you all be Blessed Many Many more years. So glad I found you . Enjoy every article and Podcast. Thank you
Glad you found us too Mort!
Can’t believe it’s only been 10 years. Would love to learn more about the people behind Rialto Report and how/ why you even started doing this. As a Gen Xer who was going through puberty as the Golden Age of Adult Cinema was ending, I have really enjoyed the interviews and articles (and magazine scans, ahem). For me, the best porn ever was made in the 70s and 80s.
What impresses me most about the interviews is that they generally aren’t titillating. Instead they shine a bold light on the humanity of the subjects. The richness of their lives, & the struggles and victories they all experienced. And also the community aspects of the adult film scene is especially touching. Goes to show how many good, brilliant and fascinating people are from that industry. Rialto respected and treated their subjects with amazing dignity. Hats off!
Thanks for also showing us “then and now” of old film locations, as well as so many unpublished photos from personal collections or behind the scenes.
One day I imagine there will be a Rialto museum in NYC or California. Imagine that.
Thanks to Rialto, I even got to start an online pen pal friendship with a fave male star you interviewed and we both seem to enjoy the mild correspondence friendship.
Thanks for making many of my Sunday’s and long work commutes so fun! Keep up the amazing work.
Ashley West has given several podcast interviews. The interview for the podcast Supporting Characters (available on the Rialto website) is the most thorough one that I know of. Though he is guarded on several topics, Mr. West talks about the origin of The Rialto Report in detail.
Mazel tov on 10 fascinating, illuminating years, RR! Thank you for preserving the history of the adult industry with such sensitivity and respect. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in the next decade.
Kev – thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment. We’re really grateful!
I love you!
We love you back!
Congrats on 10 years. There’s never been a dull subject covered and I really love the episodes that dive into the historical stories, every one of them a captivating listen perfectly enhanced by savvy musical choices. Looking at these photos gives me hopes that episodes featuring Vanessa del rio and Joey silvera will be released at some point. Especially Joey, I’ve wondered about him for close to 30 years and he seems to never do interviews. My favorite episodes to date have been centurions of rome, captain lust, whatever happened to Mary Stuart, fm Bradley and Jerry butler. Thanks so much for the great work and I’m looking forward to the next episode.
All this amazing body of work is due to Ashley and April’s drive and commitment…. the highest possible standards of research and affection for the subject and all in their own time.
Not only some tantalising glimpses of more treasure to come here, but also a reminder of unheralded male stars like Jessie Adams (memorable in Photoflesh) and David Ruby…. memorably once with ‘Nurse’ Vanessa del Rio
Great excuse to re-link the Dave Ruby story – he’s one of a kind!
Fans and historians alike owe you a debt of greatest gratitude for your first glorious decade.
You have documented so many fascinating personal stories, in such a sensitive manner, and have generously made them accessible to anyone seeking truths about adult entertainment, correcting many myths and much misinformation along the way.
Thank you also to all those interviewees who have trusted you with their memories, ensuring that tales of what it was like to make films or to appear in them – experiences which would otherwise have been lost – are preserved for future generations.
Sometimes hilarious, occasionally tragic, frequently moving, and never, ever boring; as Bill Margold might have observed, Rialto Report’s contribution to the Gospel of X is beyond measure.
And, on a personal note, I am truly honoured that you headed up this magnificent celebration of past profiles – and interviews to come – with the birthday ‘poster’ that I created.
Here’s to your next ten years!
JJ the guitarist!!??
Sorry, not me. I can’t even strum Stairway To Heaven on a ukulele.
Thank you JJ – we appreciate you and love the poster!
I am genuinely thrilled to see more than a few unpublished interviews. I hope we may see some of those in 2023?
I have been sorely tempted to try and track down some gay porn stars of the past who I am aware live here in Arizona. Of course being tempted and actually following through are two very separate things. 😉
Anyway, that aside, happy 10th anniversary to you, Rialto Report! Here’s to many years to come!
I knew in my heart that this would be popular back then. Much love to you guys. Thanks for everything.
Aw thanks so much Scott – you’re a Rialto OG!
Not to sound too dark a note… but consider for a moment how many people we have lost… that we have a detailed interviews with ONLY because The Rialto Report did an interview with them.
Their voices would be lost forever without this critical initiative.
For that reason, history will be grateful.
We think about all those who’ve passed often Connor – we’re grateful they left some of their memories with us.
Congratulations!!! Here’s to 10, 20 or however many more years of fantastic work you at Rialto wish to do.
INCREDIBLE. Thank you so much for doing this.
It’s our pleasure Brad!
Hats off to Rialto Report and all of your candid articles and interview over the years! You definitely have brought back the Golden Era of erotic film for many fans! You also have brought insights into the mysteries of famous film productions, stars, producers, and other folks associated. The fact that Rialto Report has been sought out by Hollywood as a resource for shows such as “The Deuce” and others is a credit to your comprehensive and well-researched efforts. The most important factor I have noticed is the honesty and thoughtfulness it brings to this industry and its contributors so that they shall always be remembered.
Thanks so much for the thoughtful note Matt!
Congratulations on a decade, Ashley and April! And a very strong thank you to everyone who has shared their stories during that time. Looking at the photographs, I am again reminded of how time has its way with all of us. So many have passed on since 2013, as well. 2023 will likely add to that list.
I have followed the website since the fall of 2014. I look forward every Sunday to the new posting. (I do not begrudge you giving yourselves a little time off, however.) Looks like an interesting slate of interviews coming up. Being a Joe Sarno fan, the Ute Erickson interview particularly interests me. There are several names I would love to see in that list, yet I am thankful for we get in The Rialto Report.
Thank so much Jeff – we’re so grateful as well to everyone who has been willing to share their stories with us!
Congratulations on 10 years of fascinating stories of the Golden Age of Adult films! Downloaded and listened to each of your podcasts while riding the subway to work here in NYC. Appreciate your podcasts and interviews giving an extra dimension to the Golden Age stars, directors, producers. Also, kudos for providing an avenue for financial assistance to those interview subjects facing financial hardship and being one of the few sites to mark their passing.
Greatly enjoyed your podcasts and articles on porn ‘mysteries’ and legends (fate of Kathy Harcourt, Dolly Sharp, Andrea True, Pat Barrington). I was saddened to read about Ron Jeremy’s medical and legal problems. I thought He was one of the few Golden Age legends that you did not have a chance to interview. Surprised to read above that there is an unpublished interview with Ron – look forward to your publishing this interview in the near future.
Love thinking of you subway-ing around NY of today listening to stories of NY of yesterday!
I don’t have the words to express what a revelation discovering your site has been for me, so I trust THANK YOU will be okay.
Thank you JWP for always being such a supporter of ours – we’re grateful for it!
Huge congratulations on your tenth anniversary – you have consistently delivered insightful, well researched interviews and features on the golden age of adult movies and the people working at the heart of the industry during the 60s, 70s & 80s. You are performing a valuable public service making this material available to generations to come. The unpublished interviews suggest that there are still plenty of treats tome. Happy Birthday!
Thanks so much Bluesman!
Happy 10 years! Thanks for all the wonderful content you have given us! !
Thanks so much Jspanks!
As many have said before in here thank you for all you do. Everyone has a favorite performer from the past, hoping that the next they will be the subject.
I know there are men and women from the past the want to remain anonymous, and you honor their wishes. Is there a chance down the road there will be a list of those people just to let us know they are still alive and well?
We’ll always share what participants are comfortable with us sharing M!
What has already been said here. Deepest congratulations on the ten year mark. You’ve earned your reputation. Thanks especially for the humanity that shows in all the interviews.
Thanks so much for that Ron!
Congratulations on 10 years.
Happy 10th Anniversary, and thank you for all the incredible content you have produced over the years…and thank you for all that is yet to come!
Thanks Adrian! (and have to say it – Yo Adrian!)
Extra congratulations for remaining ad-free. There must be some xxx advertising $$ on offer and I admire you for resisting it and keeping the site aesthetically pleasant.
Happy 10th. Anniversary to everyone at The Rialto Report,for we’ll hopefully see those unpublished interviews be brought into the public eye and here’s to ten more years and another ten more years to The Rialto Report and their continuing excellent coverage of the history of the porn industry.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Thank YOU Art!
Happy birthday Rialtore report! Always look forward to Sunday, for a story or podcast from a part of American history.. The Golden Age of Pornography!! Thank you!
Amazing ! Congratulations !
What a unique achievement !
A fan from France.