In just about half an hour, talk show host Arsenio Hall will introduce her to his studio audience as "the most notorious woman in America," and right now Margo Adams, dressed in a body-hugging scarlet knit, is backstage getting ready.
"Did you do Sally?" asks the makeup artist as she dabs at Adams' cheekbones.
"Sally?" Adams says, flashing her blue eyes up ward.
"Sally Jessy Raphael."
"Oh, no," Adams says. "I did Sonia. Then Larry King."
"Ohhh," comes the response. "I must have caught you on one of those."
Of course, if you missed Arsenio, or Sonia Live on CNN, or Larry, or Phil, there's always Geraldo.
Geraldo is taping Adams the next day in New York. Then it's on to Miami, Tampa, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. Before Los Angeles, which was Monday, there was Boston on Friday and then before that there was the news conference in the "Bimbo Room" of Penthouse magazine headquarters in New York.
But so far at least, maybe Boston was the biggest hit because Boston is Red Sox country. Penthouse sold out in Boston. And undoubtedly that's because Margo Adams, erstwhile Orange County mortgage broker turned Penthouse show-and-tell sensation, may be to the Boston Red Sox what Jessica Hahn was to PTL Ministries.
Here's the story, the details of which are not in dispute. Adams, who lives in Costa Mesa, spies American League batting champion Wade Boggs at an Anaheim restaurant in April of 1984. She likes him. He's cute.
Next thing you know, Boggs joins Adams, her girlfriend and one of his teammates for dessert.
By the following night, "I was completely enthralled," Adams tells Penthouse. She went for it. So did he.
It was sex, it was love, it was sex. It was 64 road trips together during four seasons while Debbie Boggs and the couple's two young children were ensconced elsewhere.
But, alas, it ended abruptly last May. Adams says Boggs reneged on an oral contract to compensate her for wages lost during all those road trips. She sought solace at her attorney's office, to the tune of a palimony lawsuit seeking some $6 million (a figure that the 4th District Court of Appeal has reduced to a fraction).
And now Penthouse. Adams says Boggs loved her, that she was no one-night stand. She says that for an honorarium of some $500,000, she is seeking to set the record straight, in a two-part interview with semi-nude color glossies to illustrate her points.
"I was the one who took him to each of those playoff games in '86, not his wife. It was the way he wanted it."
"Wade has to eat chicken every day. There are hits in chicken."
"His (batting) average when (his wife) was with him was about .221, and his average when I was with him was .341."
"Wade believes that sex (before a game) weakens your legs, and he needs strong legs to play third base."
"Our favorite pizza was double-anchovy pizza . . . I put on a sexy little outfit, a little apron and garter and stockings, and served him his pizza."
"He could recite almost every line of 'The Wizard of Oz' in all those cute voices."
In short, Margo Adams, statuesque brunette of 33, vixen in the clubhouse, is making trouble, impugning that hallowed baseball tradition of sleeping around. And inquiring minds want to hear all about it.
Adams' interview with Arsenio Hall is over. She thinks it went well. She made a few serious points, about accepting responsibility and learning from her mistakes, and she rolled with the rest of it.
Like when Hall asks his guest about her relationship with another well-known ballplayer, Steve Garvey. "Between Wade and Steve, who has a better swing?"
Adams grins, adjusts herself slightly and leans forward as she intones, "Well, Steve has bigger forearms, but Wade has a better batting average."
Boom. The studio audience likes it. There are hoots. By the time Hall mentions Adams' semi-nude photographs appearing in next month's final installment of the Penthouse interview, men in the audience are applauding.
Oh, but there is one thing that Hall would like to clear up about the Penthouse interview. What was that about not wearing panties?
"One particular time," Adams says without missing a beat, "I went to the game and I forgot to wear underwear. Wade went 4 for 5 that day."
For those of you who don't know how anybody can forget to wear underwear, as Adams explains later over a dinner of steak tartare in Beverly Hills, it's because she wears G-string panties.
"Sure, it's embarrassing to talk about these things," she says, "but I'm telling the truth. I'm just telling the story the way it happened. . . . "If I (only) wanted to get money from Wade, and I wanted to become public and do all this, why in the world would I have gone through what I went through with him? I mean, I could have done \o7 that\f7 after the first year of dating him."
Instead, Adams says, she ended the affair after his boyish charm began an ugly metamorphosis into immaturity. Or maybe it was the other women. (Boggs admits to further philandering, pre- and post-Adams.) Or maybe it was just time.