15 Facts About Hugh Hefner Proving The Playboy Founder Was Much More Than A Smut Peddler • MetDaan

15 Facts About Hugh Hefner Proving The Playboy Founder Was Much More Than A Smut Peddler

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Hugh Hefner founded Playboy with just $600 in 1953 which grew to become one of the most recognizable American brands and allowed him to live every teenager’s fantasy. But the famous man himself wasn’t all fun and games as his life is often portrayed: Hefner was an educated and intelligent person who did not make it to the top through pure luck, as proven by these fifteen little-known fascinating facts.

1. Hugh Hefner graduated from the University of Illinois in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, also minored in creative writing and art

Hugh Hefner has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois

2. He reportedly had an IQ of 152 when he was in high school, effectively made him somewhat of a child prodigy

He reportedly had an IQ of 152 when he was in high school

3. Hefner served in the army during WWII enlisting as an infantry clerk in 1944. He spent his downtime drawing cartoons for the Army newspaper

Hefner served in the army during WWII

4. In fact, Hefner had quite a knack for cartoons. In high school, he created a comic-book autobiography called School Daze and at university, his cartoons were published in the college newspaper, The Daily Illini

In fact, he had quite a knack for cartoons. During his high school career, Hefner created a comic-book autobiography which he called School Daze

5. Hugh Hefner met his first wife Mildred Williams at college, marrying in 1949, eventually divorcing in 1959. They had two children, Christie Hefner and David Hefner. He subsequently married twice – to Kimberly Conrad in 1989 and Crystal Harris in 2012

Hugh Hefner met his first wife in college

6. He used to work for Esquire as a copywriter in 1951 but quit after he was denied a $5 raise. Hefner quickly went on to found the little-known Playboy magazine

He used to work for Esquire as a copywriter in 1951

7. Playboy was created in his South Side Chicago apartment and as he told the Chicago Tribune in 1994: “the entire staff was my card table, my typewriter and me”

Playboy was created in his South Side Chicago apartment

8. Hefner was arrested in 1963 for “publishing and distributing an obscene magazine”. The case was eventually deemed a mistrial, after the jury could not reach a conclusive decision

Hefner was arrested in 1963 for "publishing and distributing an obscene magazine"

9. He was an avid Pepsi drinker. According to the New York Times, in the early days of Playboy magazine, Hefner burned the midnight oil with the help of Pepsi and amphetamines. Later in life, he switched to caffeine-free diet Pepsi.

He was an avid Pepsi drinker

10. The Lower Keys marsh rabbit was named after Hugh Hefner in 1984, also known as the Sylvilagus palustris hefneri

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11. His oldest daughter, Christie Hefner, ran Playboy for 20 years. In 1988, Hefner announced that she would be taking over as CEO and Chairman of Playboy Enterprises Inc. She held the role until 2008.

 His oldest daughter, Christie Hefner, ran Playboy for 20 years

12. Hefner is related to former Secretary of State John Kerry and former President George W. Bush. Hefner is allegedly the ninth cousin, once-removed from Kerry and the ninth cousin, twice-removed from Bush

Hefner's not only related to former Secretary of State John Kerry, but also President George W. Bush

13. He holds two Guinness World Records: the longest career as an editor-in-chief of the same magazine, and the second, bizarrely, is for having the largest collection of personal scrapbooks

He holds two Guinness World Records

14. Contrary to popular belief, Hugh Hefner has absolutely no idea how many women he’s slept with. In an interview with Esquire in 2013, he said: “how could I possibly know? Over a thousand, I’m sure.”

Hefner And Bunnies

15. Hugh Hefner will be put to rest alongside Marilyn Monroe – the first cover girl to appear in Playboy

Hugh Hefner will allegedly be put to rest alongside Marilyn Monroe

Source: vt

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