For our April issue, Chris Jones wrote a profile of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, on the occasion of Hef's sixtieth year at the helm of Playboy and eighty-seventh year on planet earth. We learned many heretofore little-known facts about Hefner, which we thought we'd share with you:
Playboy Hugh Hefner
1. He has a marble fountain topped by a statue of a cherub molesting a dolphin.
2. He has a life-size cardboard cut-out stand-in of himself, smiling, in black silk pajamas, in the dining room of the Playboy Mansion.
3. He eats a bowl of Lipton chicken-noodle soup nearly every day.
4. He holds two Guiness World Records: one for being the longest-serving editor-in-chief of a magazine (going on sixty years), and the other for holding the world's largest collection of personal scrapbooks (2,643 volumes and counting).
5. He wrote an autobiography of himself in high school, School Daze, in which he refers to himself as "Goo Heffer."
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6. In 1961, he repurchased two Playboy Club franchises in Miami and New Orleans because they refused to admit African-American key holders. "We believe in the acceptance of all persons in all aspects of life on the basis of individual merit," he wrote in a memo at the time, "and without any regard to race, color, or religion."
7. When he dies, he will be buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, next to the crypt of Marilyn Monroe.
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8. He decided to make Playboy Enterprises a private company in 2011, but had to partner with a private equity firm to raise the money with which to buy back the company from its shareholders. The negotiations ended with him owning only 34 percent of the company he founded, but retaining creative control over the magazine.
9. The same arrangement made him a tenant of the Playboy Mansion. His annual rent is $100
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10. He has busts of Frankenstein and Dracula in his bedroom, and a chandelier, upon which hang dozens of pairs of lace underwear.
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