IN MEMORIUM: Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017)

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Iconic Playboy Bunny Man Hugh Hefner (1979). Photo by Alan Light [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Iconic Playboy Bunny Man Hugh Hefner (1979)[/caption]Iconic Playboy Bunny Man Hugh Marston Hefner has died at 91. The bathrobe-clad, cigar-smoking publishing mogul revolutionized the sexual revolution and turned Playboy Magazine into a mega empire. The Pop Culture pioneer leaves us a vast legacy of firsts including his passionate advocacy for free speech, civil rights & sexual freedom.

“Life is too short to be living someone else’s dream.” — Hugh Hefner


‘Hef’ as he was known, is the ultimate pioneering example of living your own American dream!

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Playboy Building in Chicago. photo credit: Chicago Tribune Historical Photo 1969

The Chicago native began his Playboy empire in 1953 when he borrowed $600 of his own money from a bank plus money from friends and family totalling a whoppiing $8,000 to begin publishing his men’s magazine — filled from the get-go with nude photos and incredibly written long-form articles — creating a lifestyle message that quickly became a symbol of sophistication and in-demand tasteful desire.

A consummate advocate for free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom, his many cultural and social contributions live on eternally. Hugh Hefner is the consummate Playboy Bunny Man. RIP! — Abbe is forever SOCIALLY SPARKED™! Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01