The man described as the Godfather of the sexual revolution in the 1960’s, the founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91 from natural causes.
He borrowed $8 thousand dollars to start Playboy from his kitchen in 1953. The first edition of the magazine featured photographs of Marilyn Monroe originally shot for a 1949 calendar that Hefner had bought for $200.
Hefner enraged feminists but he also supported racial integration and gay rights. Ironically, Hefner had a strict Methodist upbringing.
Renowned writers Norman Mailer, Kingsley Amis, Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, Ray Bradbury and even Margaret Atwood were among Playboy’s contributors.