Heaven and Hugh Hefner
Apart from tits and ass, there is a tremendous amount of important work that Hugh was responsible for and specially the respect & equality for the African American in the 1950’s. A TV series shot in Hugh’s home lounge at that time showed African American Jazz musicians mingling respectfully with white musicians, this did not go down too well in the American South who were having a lot of racial tension at that time. Hugh supported the Equal Rights Amendment and his Playboy magazine, also known for its serious articles wrote on civil rights icons including Malcom X and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as Muhammed Ali and Sammy Davis Jr. The whole idea was revolutionary at that time and the Playboy Clubs were open to all races. I hope that he will also be remembered for the above along with his Peter Panesque colorful lifestyle.
The first issue of Playboy was released December 1953. Hugh didn’t put a date on the premiere issue because he wasn’t sure there would be a second. He somehow managed to get the rights of Marilyn Manroe’s nude photographs for the amount of five hundred dollars. It is said that they never met, but in the early nineties, Hugh also managed to buy his final resting place next to her grave. Being of the same age, now Hugh and Marilyn rest together.
Hugh’s iconic smoking jacket look started in the late 1960's. At that point, Playboy was a roaring success and Hefner moved his office into his bedroom to make things easier. Then he realized he could wear them all day.
“I started wearing them all the time because I was working at night, and then I started wearing them when I entertained,” Hugh said “I realized I could get away with it. Then, of course, people were disappointed if they didn’t find me in pajamas.” He reportedly owned more than 200 custom-made smoking jackets and pajamas. It was also reported that he did not wear underwear underneath, well, according a newspaper report.
Frequently coming in contact with men and women who did not agree with his philosophy and lifestyle, feminist Susan Brownmiller drew the line during a debate with Hugh on Dick Cavett’s TV talk show. In a reference to the skimpy costumes worn by Playboy Club Bunnies, she said he would have more credibility when “you’re willing to come out here with a cottontail attached to YOUR rear end.” This of course made him smile no end.
A few people may say that Hugh has gone from heaven to heaven, but I will leave the last words to him.
“I played some significant part in changing the social-sexual values of our time. I had a lot of fun in the process.”
Blessings to you
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