Fifty years ago, Hugh Hefner borrowed $600 to start Playboy Magazine, with the first issue featuring Marilyn Monroe.
“I was trying to give sex a good name,” Hefner said in a recent interview. “Because sex had always been both legally and socially and politically outside the boundaries of what was acceptable in society.
“I tried to create a magazine and a lifestyle around it that incorporated sex as a natural, normal part of life, including recreational sex.”
At 77, Hef says he is not planning to retire.
“I’m the luckiest guy on the planet. What I’m doing keeps me young. I’ll be doing it as long as I can. My mother lived to be 101 and was very vital when she passed away.”
A&E is planning a Playboy anniversary special, scheduled to air sometime this fall.