Thursday, April 9, 2009
Hugh Hefner was born on April 9, 1926. He was 26 when he quit his job at Esquire magazine to launch a magazine of his own, which he called Playboy. It had a philosophy and everything. More importantly it had a nude centerfold of Marilyn Monroe. He invested $600 of his own money in this first issue, which he laid out on his kitchen table. He soon prospered. Hef appears on pages 84, 192, 224 and 261 in A Book of Ages.