By TERRY TOMALIN
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 28, 2001
TAMPA -- Men stood in line Saturday night to have their pictures taken with the three blonds in red dresses.
"Playboy has had several sets of twins as centerfolds," Nicole, the oldest Dahm, said. "But we were the first triplets."
The sisters from Minnesota, tall, buxom, with mouths full of perfect white teeth, were the center attraction at the Playboy.com party, undeniably the hottest ticket in town.
"I am like a kid in a candy store," said Jay Kurelich, who came from Washington, D.C., for the game. "I have never seen more beautiful women in one place. But that's what you would expect at a Playboy party."
Guests, the men clad in the trademark black New York suits and the women in everything from evening dresses to vinyl pants and bikini tops, sauntered through five rooms entertained by everything from snake dancers to women with painted bodies.
"We really weren't sure what to expect," said Tara, who with her sister had her chest, back and buttocks painted in front of a crowd. "But there is a first time for everything."
Across from the body-painting exhibit, two more scantily clad women danced behind a sheet.
"That is a real nice touch ... kind of reminds me of Bourbon Street in New Orleans," said Sam Davis, an attorney from New York City. "Gives you a taste of what's inside."
In addition to the Dahm triplets, Playboy.com brought in a dozen other Playmates, including Tampa's own Alesha Oreskovich, centerfold from June 1993.
"My job involves so much travel," she said. "I'm just glad to be getting some local work."
At 11:30 p.m., the party was just getting going with hundreds of people still lined outside trying to con their way in.
"My name's on the list, I swear to you," one man yelled to a security guard who seemed unimpressed. "I wouldn't lie to you."
The RSVP list included Derek Jeter, Mike Piazza, Lennox Lewis, Eddie George, Magic Johnson, the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and Tom Arnold. At press time, the only VIPs to show were former Raider/Chief Marcus Allen, local baseball hero Wade Boggs and Saints running back Ricky Williams.
"This is a great chance to get a little exposure," said fan dancer Ann-Eliza Musoke, a 22-year-old student at Hillsborough Community College. "When you are not tall, blond and beautiful you need to have a theme, and mine is the fan."
Also working the crowd was the 6-foot-7 Captain Morgan, another party sponsor, in his full pirate suit and three-corner hat.
"I ran for president this year but lost, in case you hadn't heard," he said, Playmate on his arm. "But I will be back. I think I am what the people want."
There also were plenty of women on hand hoping to be discovered. "I haven't made it in in the magazine yet," said Lorie Stewart, a "cybergirl" on the Playboy.com Web site. "But keep your fingers crossed. You may be seeing me soon."
Speaking of Playboy.com, the media was treated to its Internet halftime show, which is scheduled to debut today at Super Bowl XXXV.
A half-dozen Playmates are asked everything from who will win the game to their favorite position (football, that is).
"Safety, so he could keep me covered," the first responded
A second Playmate was asked the same question.
"Slave," she said.