Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy has died at the age of 91, as said by the company late Wednesday. Playboy was founded in 1953 and Hefner started with $600 of his own money and built the multi-million dollar empire that peaked in the 1970s. At that time the company included TV shows, a jazz festival, and several Playboy clubs whose waitresses had a signature look of wearing bunny ears and cottontails. Hefner was a silk-robed Casanova who was the owner of Playboy men’s magazine, which popularized the term “centrefold”. These magazines also highlight the urbane bachelor lifestyle and brought about the sexual revolution of the 1960s. The notorious “Hef” was known to have bedded hundreds of young women and to have been married to a few of his magazine’s “playmates”. The founder was also shown on reality TV where he showcased several girlfriends and most of them were a third of his age.
“I would like to be remembered as somebody who has changed the world in some positive way, in a social, sexual sense, and I’d be very happy with that,” Hefner told CNN. Many critics have looked down upon Hefner’s carrier as a relic of the sexist era. In his later years Hefner was rather open about his adolescent-fantasy lifestyle, as he spoke of his Viagra-based ventures at the Playboy Mansion. This was the lavish lifestyle that many men envied. His magazine had helped the close-minded America of the 1950s and early 1960s open up about sex.
Hefner was born in a very conservative house; both his parents were conservative Protestants from Nebraska. His father was an accountant and his mother was a teacher. As Hefner recalls, there was no hugging or kissing in his house. Hefner came up with the idea of Playboy while he was working as a writer for Esquire magazine. According to him there was a gap in the market and he wanted to create a magazine which “was a little more sophisticated and was focused really on the romantic connection between the sexes from a male point of view.”
Hugh Hefner wanted to leave a positive impact on this world and his work opened up the minds of the people of America regarding the subject of sex. It may have been condemned but many people remember him as a great person.