Playboy To The End
"Life is too short to be living somebody else's dream" - Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner died yesterday at the age of 91.
He was born in 1926 to Nebraska born parents and soon moved to Chicago. The first issue of Playboy was published in 1953, when Mr. Hefner was 27. His first publisher’s message, written at his kitchen table declared “We don’t expect to solve any world problems or prove any great moral truths.”
I can recall the first time I ever saw a Playboy magazine. I was about 8 or 9 years old and my Aunt and Uncle had them displayed in a pretty wicker basket in the guest bathroom. Nothing about being naked ever seemed strange or foreign to me. It wasn't a big deal to see beautiful woman in centerfolds of magazines.
The Playboy Philosophy advocated freedom of speech in all its aspects. Hef always had an entourage of beautiful young women on his arm as he strolled around in his silk PJs and smoking jacket. Men wanted to be him; women wanted to be with him.
“We don’t expect to solve any world problems or prove any great moral truths.”
Love him or hate him, he did a lot more than publish a magazine. He was involved in the civil rights movement as well as the LGBT community. He was all for free speech. The man was compared to Jay Gatsby and Walt Disney and he often compared his life to a romantic movie. He lived a long and beautiful life and it should be celebrated.
He will be buried in an LA cemetery plot next to Marilyn Monroe. He bought the plot for $75K in 1992.
PLAYBOY to the end!