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Mr Playboy himself turns 80

By jardinier ·
Totally overshadowing my miniscule milestone of 65 years, was Hugh Hefner's 80th birthday on April 9.

Still going strong, this is the man who LIVED every man's fantasies.

My only complaint -- why were there no nude centrefolds when I was a teenager and had NO idea what a naked woman looked like? OK so I was like 12 years of age when the first edition of Playboy hit the newsstands, but how was I to know it was available? And of course it was many years after that before the gateway to heaven was displayed without an airbrush job.

Hugh's biography:

Hugh Hefner was born on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois to Glenn and Grace Hefner. As a child, he attended Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High on the West Side of Chicago. He wasn't a gifted student, just your run of the mill average joe who was getting by in school.

Hefner, however, possessed a genius IQ (152), individualizing himself instead with his extracurricular activities such as starting a school paper, writing, drawing animation, and serving as president of the student council.

Following graduation from high school in January 1944, Hef (a nickname that he's preferred since youth) joined the US Army, serving as an Infantry Clerk and drawing cartoons for various Army newspapers.

After his discharge from the service in 1946, he began taking art classes (anatomy, of course) at the Chicago Art Institute, enrolling that fall at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.

Hef received his bachelor's degree in two and a half years by doubling up on classes while drawing cartoons for the Daily Illinois and editing the campus humor magazine Shaft, where he initially introduced a new feature entitled "Coed of the Month" (very clever!).

After leaving the University of Illinois, Hef worked as an assistant personnel manager for the Chicago Cartoon Company in 1949, and as an advertising copywriter for the Carson, Pirie, Scott department store in 1950.

His future seemed bleak when he landed a job as a promotion copywriter at Esquire in 1951. When the magazine moved its offices to New York, he chose to remain behind and start a magazine of his own. From that point on, the rest, as they say, is history.

The first issue of Playboy magazine, featuring the now-famous calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe, was produced on a kitchen table in his South Side apartment.

Hitting newsstands in December 1953, it carried no cover date because Hefner was not sure when or if he would be able to produce another. But the first issue sold more than 50,000 copies -- enough to pay for the costs and finance another issue. Thus began the impressive life of Hef and his globally notorious magazine.

In his tenure so far, Hefner has done some amazing things. From putting on what is considered "the greatest single weekend in the history of jazz" at the first ever Jazz Festival at Chicago Stadium, to organizing Hollywood's stars to refurbish "Hollywood's Eiffel Tower" of the Hollywood sign, Hefner is truly a man worthy of admiration.

Hef is currently dating three Playboy bunnies simultaneously. At his age, it's a wonder that Hef isn't dating more 20-something women.

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Happy B-Day to Hef

by ccthompson In reply to Mr Playboy himself turns ...

Good for him, I have admired that man for as long as i can remember. Good going HEF, keep those issues coming, and keep those bunnies hopping.

Thanks again to one of the greatest men who ever lived.

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