As I look at the picture of the young man pictured above in front of his high school on the northwest side of Chicago I wonder if he had any idea then the kind of impact he would have on the world? Most young men at the age of 16 have big boobs on their mind but how many really think about making a business out of it? That kid up there is of course Hugh Hefner and his impact on the sexual revolution is known to all.
Thanks to this:
|First issue of Playboy published in 1953 featuring everyone's all-time favorite sex kitten Marilyn Monroe.|
He was able to open this:
|The original Playboy Mansion in downtown Chicago. In the front of the mansion there was a sign posted that was inscribed with the Latin "Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare" (if you don't swing, don't ring).|
|The original Playboy Club in downtown Chicago which anyone could become a member of. The price of membership was $25 for Chicago residents and $50 for out-of-towners.|
Which gave the inspiration to create these:
|Hef and the original Playboy Bunnies at the grand opening of the original Playboy Club. As a way give the Playboy Club a unique style the waitresses were dressed in a manner inspired by the company's logo and the Playboy Bunny was born.|
None of this would have been possible without Playboy's first investor: Grace Caroline Hefner. Yes, if it wasn't for his mother, the Methodist school teacher, investing a thousand dollars in Hefner's first magazine every pubescent boy in America would have had a much better imagination. When young Hugh came to you and asked for money so he could start a nudie magazine you didn't slap him like my mother would have, you instead believed that he could do whatever he wanted in life. For your belief in your son, from the bottoms of our hearts, we thank you.
Sources for information and images taken from here, here, and here