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Bruce David pictured with Charles Bukowski (on left) and William Shatner (on right)

Remembering Bruce David

written by Taylor David

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father and founder of Swapsale.com, Bruce David. He passed away peacefully during the afternoon of June 17 with my brother and I at his side. In the days since his death, I have been touched by the outpouring of love and support from friends, acquaintances, and those who knew him. It has become clear to me, by those who shared memories of my father, that he had a greatly positive impact on everybody he encountered.

Although I am beyond devastated by the loss of my father, I find comfort in the fact that he lived a rich and fruitful life, full of adventure and accomplishments. Not only was he the founder of Swapsale, but he was also a brilliant artist, writer, publisher, and journalist -- a man of many talents. He made his mark on the world as editor-in-chief of Hustler Magazine, publishing consequential investigative pieces and political commentary that championed the working class and First Amendment. His editorial edge pushed the boundaries far beyond the scope of your typical sex magazine, always making sure to feature articles of mainstream importance.

As a screenwriter during the 1980s, he helped make people laugh, adding his wit to shows like Family Ties and Alf, among others. Moreover, since 1999, he has dedicated his time toward publishing Swapsale -- the online magazine that you are reading now -- providing an outlet for fans of retro television, nostalgia, and all things fandom.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the vital role he has played in my life. He was the best father I could have asked for and the greatest man I've ever known -- my mentor, my hero. He will be missed dearly, always and forever.

In his memory, I will continue to run Swapsale and RetroGuideBook as he would have wanted.

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Bruce David - Memories and Thoughts

written by Warren Chaney

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Theresa Flynt Remembers Bruce David

The daughter of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shares her memories on Facebook
 

My heart is broken, as we have lost a Hustler family member, Bruce David.

Bruce’s contribution to Hustler over the past 40 years added to the DNA of the magazine. He was the essence of what Hustler stands for, he was the catalyst in the obscure subjects that contributed to our editorial edge, always thinking of the strange, outside of the box thoughts, sexual, worldly, environmental, sci-fi and political concerns with no fear. Many people feared him as he was crass, direct with crazy ways, yet at the same time, he was respected, admired and loved.

He was tall, dark, handsome, sexy, odd, strange, smart, suspicious, loyal, creative…. he was a friend, employee and like an uncle to me, he was a father, a husband and deeply a good person. He loved my father and cared deeply and passionately about our magazine, which is the foundation for which the brand is today. Bruce is a legend and I cry as I write this. He will always be appreciated and missed. This is a consensus by those who knew him. How lovely to leave a profound mark on a piece of history and in the hearts of those who really knew him.

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A LOOK BACK:

Bruce David recalls the early days of Hustler Magazine

PART ONE

PART TWO

 

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A LOOK BACK:

A clip from the Alf episode "Fever" written by Bruce David

 

A clip from the Family Ties episode "Matchmaker" written by Bruce David

 

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A LOOK BACK:

PLANET PATROL

Art and Story by Bruce David

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