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Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dead at 91
Posted on: 28-09-2017 , 02:02:PM | DY365 Bureau


September 28, 2017: Hugh Hefner, who founded Playboy and transformed both the magazine and himself into symbols of the sexual revolution, died Wednesday at the age of 91.

Playboy launched in 1953 when Hefner was 27, and married with a new baby. After serving in the U.S. Army as a writer for a military magazine, the native Chicagoan graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in psychology. Shortly after quitting his job as a copywriter at Esquire, in 1953 he borrowed $8,000 to produce Playboy’s inaugural issue.
Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, and four grown children: Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years, David, Marston and Cooper, who serves as chief creative officer at the company.
In his last posts to social media, Hefner encouraged his followers to donate to the One America Appeal to support hurricane victims of Harvey and Irma.
“My thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, both the victims and the first responders,” he wrote.
“... In times of such great adversity, it is inspiring to know we can put our differences aside and join together to help those in need ...
He was avidly involved in civil rights activism, battled censorship in the courts and constantly sparred with the likes of the FBI and DEA.
But his greatest victory was the obscenity battles of the 1960s. Hefner was arrested for “publishing and distributing an obscene magazine” on June 4th, 1963 on a warrant issued by Judge Norman N. Eiger.
The courtroom struggle centred on who got to decide what obscenity was, and what was acceptable.
The case was declared a mistrial when the jury deadlocked 7 to 5.

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