16 Things You Didn't Know About Hugh Hefner
Since 1953 there has been one man that has stood for democracy, free speech, civil rights and homosexual rights, all while being one of the world's foremost experts on the nude magazine centerfold and having multiple girlfriends at a time. That man is the legendary patriarch of the Playboy empire, Mr. Hugh Hefner. But while we all know the name and the instantly recognizable smoking jacket, do we really know anything about the man? Here are some facts about Hugh Hefner to add a bit of humanity to the legend.
1 Hugh Marston Hefner was born on April 8, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He and brother Keith were raised by strict Methodist parents.
2 IQ: 152
3 Sylvilagus Palustris Hefneri is a sub-species of marsh rabbit named after Hef.
4 Hef is a 9th cousin, twice removed, of Pres. George W. Bush and a 9th cousin, once removed, of Sen. John Kerry.
5 Hef started his Playboy empire with just $8,000.
He took out a $600 loan against the furniture in his apartment.
He received $1k from his mother and $1k from his brother.
6 The first issue of Playboy featured a photo of Marilyn Monroe that Hugh bought from a local calendar printer.
7 Hef owns the crypt next to Marilyn Monroe.
8 Hef has a collection of over 4,000 films lining a staircase in his mansion.
9 Stag Party was the original title of Playboy.
Hef changed the name to avoid confusion with Stag, which was an outdoor living magazine.
10 In 1996 Hef purchased the mansion next door and converted it to be a mirror image of his.
In 1978 Hefner helped organize fund-raising efforts that led to the restoration of the Hollywood Sign and he personally contributed $27,000 to purchase the "Y" in a ceremonial auction.
12 In 2010, he donated $900,000 to save the Hollywood sign from being spoiled by land development.
13 The Playboy mansion is one of a select few of private homes with a zoo license.
14 Hef has all his meals brought to his bedroom suite at the Mansion.
15 Please take a number
While Hugh says he stopped counting the # of women he's slept with a long time ago, he does estimate that he's "easily had more than 2,000."
16 But his best sexual experience? Let the man tell you himself: "At one of my birthday parties my girlfriend got me a special treat. She and 17 other playmates came into the grotto with me. That was one hell of a birthday!"