It was late into 1971, the world of pornography was beginning to expand and small-time pornographer Gerard Damiano was looking for something new, something fresh. It was a meeting with Linda Boreman (through her sadistic "boyfriend" Chuck Traynor) and seeing her unique talent he came up with the idea of 'Deep Throat'; a woman who finds out her clitoris is located in the back of her throat, meaning she must...well I'm sure you get the gist. Now all he needed was a leading man.
It was early into 1972 when a young Herbert Steicher was hired as part of a lighting crew for an "independent film" entitled 'Deep Throat'. At this point Gerard was unsatisfied with any of the male actors auditioning. One may ask what his criterion was based on, but whatever it was he saw it in young Herbert. He was cast as Dr. Young, the physician that finds her clitoris and then suggests, as any good doctor would, some experimentation.
'Deep Throat', starring newly heralded Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems, premiered on June 12, 1972 and became an instant sensation. People were waiting hours, lined down the street to see the film. It made its way into pop culture, into mainstream America. People of all sorts were going to see it. There's a great scene in the the documentary Inside Deep Throat (2005) where a woman in what must be her sixties comes out of the theater proclaiming it to be quite enjoyable. The film is credited with coining the term "porno chic" by New York Times columnist Ralph Blumenthal.
While all this excitement was going on, an important Supreme Court case was in session, Miller v. California,