3. Corporate Organizational Profile #3 (Chart E)

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Four
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Star Distributing, Ltd., is a wholesale pornography distributor located at 150 Lafayette St., New York, New York. They receive pornographic material from UltraConcepts and Milky Way Productions, New York. Ultra Concepts provides art work, pictures, actors and models. Star Distributing, Ltd., maintains the distribution rights of Screw magazine published by Milky Way Productions, 116 West 14th St., New York, New York, whose president is Jim Buckley and the secretary is Al Goldstein. In an interview with the New York Times, Al Goldstein, the editor and publisher of Screw magazine, openly discussed the LCN ties of the distributing companies when he said, "We have no options as to who we deal with. No legitimate distributor will touch us. I'd deal with Hitler if I had' to. I'll deal with anyone I can do business with." Goldstein and Buckley eventually signed a contract with Star Distributing, Ltd., who agreed to handle the paper outside New York City; but they refused to deal in the city. Goldstein also said he did not feel threatened by anyone at Star Distributing, Ltd., as long as he produced money for them. The New York edition sold for $1.00 and the national edition for $1.25. Milky Way Productions received $0.40 for each paper sold in New York and $0.30 for each paper sold outside the city. Star Distributing, Ltd, distributes to Peach tree National Distributors, 260 Luckie St., Atlanta, Georgia; Rivergate News Agency, 411 Jackson St., New Orleans, Louisiana; Bo, Jay Sales, 6601 Moravia Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland; Distributor Systems of Texas, 2614 W. Delle St., Ft. Worth Texas; Help Publishers and Distributors, Road #1, Pole 260, Harvey's Lake, Pennsylvania; Este Arte Corporation, Palm Beach, Florida; Sovereign News Company, 2075 E. 65th St., Cleveland, Ohio; Joe P. Enterprises, 694 Washington St., Boston, Mass.; Noble News Company, 7083 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, Maryland and Crown News Company, 1171 Chestnut St., Camden, New Jersey.

Theodore Rothstein's involvement in pornography became known to law enforcement in 1955 when he and Robert Barkow were arrested and convicted of photographing nude males and females. Rothstein is the president and Marvin Friedman is the incorporator for Star Distributing, Ltd. When Star Distributing, Ltd. first came to the attention of law enforcement .authorities, it was a failing business. Its operations, according to one witness testifying at a hearing held by the New York Commission of Investigation, were severely hampered by its need for cash. Shipments to Star Distributing, Ltd. were on a strict cash basis. Credit or consignment sales were not acceptable. Star's financial position and credit rating suddenly improved and it began receiving merchandise on consignment. Along with this financial change came a new corporate officer, Robert DiBernardo. It was also clear, according to one witness, that in all subsequent business transactions, DiBernardo had the "last word" in Star. DiBernardo had no prior experience in this field. He had been the owner of Satellite Wheel Alignment Company in Brooklyn, New York. One of his employees at Satellite was Gaetano "Corkey" Vastola who was known to law enforcement authorities as a member of the New Jersey LCN DeCalvacante Family and had been convicted along with DeCalvacante in the Federal Court of Newark, New Jersey. Some of the known affiliates of Star were identified at the New York State Commission of Investigation's public hearing in 1970. Bonate, Inc., occupied the same office space as Star. This firm operated as a local distributor of sex-oriented books and magazines. Also at this location was a firm known as "NAA". This firm was known to law enforcement as a mail order outlet for similar material and operated by Neil Albaum. Albaum had been involved in pornography in Suffolk County, New York, and has subsequently relocated to the offices of Star Distributing, Ltd. At these same premises, Albaum conducted business under the trade names NAA Films, Unlimited and Photo Print Distributors, Ltd. Albaum had also operated Debon Distributors, Ltd., at another location and in partnership with Robert Barkow.

Barkow and Albaum had also established a mail order house in Toronto, Canada, called the Club Levon. This enterprise was designed to handle the international mail order distribution of sex-oriented materials in Canada and the United States. Rothstein also appeared as the president of two companies located in Manhattan which did the printing and photo work for star and its affiliates.

The New York Commission of Investigation had also examined the operations of Robert Barkow and his connection with various distribution firms. Barkow appeared as the front man in three firms, all located in the same premises and operated out of the same office. These firms were so closely inter-related that for all practical purposes they were one operation. The first of these firms was CAD Publishing Corporation which was formed in August, 1968 by Joseph Brocchini. CAD Publishing Corporation published sexoriented illustrated paper back books and magazines. Brocchini had no prior experience in this field. His background had been in organized crime as a gambler and loan shark in Queens', New York. His operations in Queens were under the direct supervision of Joseph Lucchese, the brother of the leader of the LCN Lucchese Family. Brocchini, according to one witness, had admitted to having been a "shylock" before engaging in the publishing field and his background was well known. CAD Publishing Corporation's books and records were the same source of information available to the Commission concerning its operation Entries reflected payments for printing books and magazines. Early in its operation, CAD Publishing Corporation worked essentially on a subcontracting basis. However, in January, 1969, CAD Publishing Corporation engaged a printer, Web Books, Inc. who took over this entire operation.

Bark Book Distributors was formed by Robert Barkow in October, 1968 and was operated by him up to the time of the commission's public hearing. Bark Book Distributors was apparently formed to distribute nationally the CAD Publishing Corporation's line of paper backs and magazines. Bark Book Distributor's records reflected that 90% of their purchases were from CAD Publishing Corporation. By projection, lacking accurate sales records, Bark Book Distributors grossed approximately $300,000.00 a year.

The third major corporation at this location was the B & H Distributors, Inc., which was formed in March, 1969, to be a distributor of sex-oriented books, magazines and films. Approximately 20% of this company's purchases were from CAD Publishing Corporation. The principals in this operation were obstensibly Robert Ford and Howard Wasserman but the real boss was Robert Barkow. The books of B & H Distributors, Inc. showed that Barkow and Brocchini were drawing substantially higher salaries than either Ford or Wasserman. Ford remained in this operation for a short period of time. Wasserman, on the other hand, operated as sales manager for B & H Distributing, Inc. Manuel Block, the companies sole salesman, reported to him. The company had 4 or 5 office employees and a group of warehouse employees headed by Brocchini's brother-in-law, Bart Salamone. The corporate structure was: the salesman reported to the sales manager, who reported to Barkow, who in turn reported to Joseph Brocchini. There was no doubt that Brocchini was the boss with Barkow acting as the office manager.