Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hugh Hefner Has Died

Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.  He was 91 years old.

After serving in the Army, attending college and working for number of years in the magazine publishing industry, Mr. Hefner became convinced that there was a market for an upscale men's magazine.  By putting up his furniture as collateral for a loan and borrowing the rest from family and friends, Mr. Hefner published the very first issue of Playboy in December of 1953.  The magazine was an instant sensation.

From the very start, Playboy was about more than just the beautiful women featured in its pages. Mr. Hefner took a progressive approach not only to sexuality and humor, but also to literature, politics and culture. Within its pages, Playboy published fiction by such writers as Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, John Updike, Ian Fleming, Joseph Heller, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac and Kurt Vonnegut.

The now standard-setting "Playboy Interview" debuted in 1962 when frequent contributor Alex Haley interviewed jazz legend Miles Davis. Mr. Haley's Playboy interviews, which are still important reads for cultural historians, also included Malcolm X (1963), Martin Luther King (1965), and perhaps most famously, George Lincoln Rockwell (1966), the founder of the American Nazi Party. 


auntliddy said...

I forgot. The interviews were good.

laura ramona said...

Sorry dude but no sorry

Scandi Sanskrit said...

I can't believe it.

longtimereader said...

A creep obviously but he did also back plenty of good causes with his money.

AndrewBW said...

If you ever get a chance, watch a couple of episodes of "Playboy Penthouse" or "Playboy After Dark" online. Hilariously awful, although the music was often great.

Sd Auntie said...

Yes. He loved Jazz and remember Miles Davis was featured. Too bad he was not inclusive of other races when it came to models. Only towards the end when the magazine started to tank.

David Howes said...

Growing up, I thought it wold be great to have gorgeous women around me all the time.

Now as an (old man) adult, I'm glad I only have two!

Fred Armed said...

And with no more lawyers and PR on the payroll we can see the real Hef. Starting with the quaaludes - "thigh openers" he called them.


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