death of man who helped introduce the term "pinup" (free registration required):

Yes, I noticed that in the Times—cool! Also, a 107-year-old lawyer who defended (unsuccessfully) Al Capone died last week. When he tried to retire at the age of 100, his wife told the press, “I married him for better or for worse, but no one said anything about for lunch!”

So the term “pin-up” was introduced in Yank magazine.

At the risk of sounding like a fuddy-duddy, my Webster’s Collegiate says that the term “pinup girl” was from 1941 and was used as a noun.

Until JE Lighter comes out with vol. III, we may not know the entire etymology.

The headline in the Times says “Inventor” of pinup. This was, of course, written by a person who is not a reporter/researcher.

Certainly the gentleman was there at the founding and , perhaps, coined the term. God bless him.