>> Hefner used to work as a copywriter for Esquire magazine. He left after being denied a USD 5 raise. In 1953, he mortgaged his furniture, generating a bank loan of USD 600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors to launch Playboy.
>> As a young boy, his most prized possession was a blanket covered with little bunnies. This provided the inspiration for the name of his magazine.
>> On June 4, 1963, Hefner was arrested for selling obscene literature. A jury was unable to reach a verdict though.
>> Hefner’s first wife was Mildred Williams. They had two children, Christie and David. They divorced in 1959.
>> Hefner had a minor stroke in 1985 at the age of 59. In 1988, he handed over the working of the magazine to his daughter Christie.