He attended Sayre Elementary School and Steinmetz High School, then served from 1944 to 1946 as a U. After graduation, he took a semester of graduate courses in Sociology at Northwestern University, but dropped out soon after.

In January 1952, Hefner left his job as a copywriter for Esquire after he was denied a raise.

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During the civil rights era in 1966, Hefner sent Alex Haley to interview George Lincoln Rockwell, much to Rockwell's surprise because Haley was black.

Rockwell had founded the American Nazi Party and would be later described by some as the "American Hitler".

Lois Lee presented Hefner with the organization's first-ever Founder's Hero of the Heart Award in appreciation for his unwavering dedication, commitment and generosity.

Hefner supported legalizing same-sex marriage, and he stated that a fight for gay marriage was "a fight for all our rights.

True Hollywood Story profile of Hefner revealed that Mildred allowed him to have sex with other women, out of guilt for her own infidelity and in the hope that it would preserve their marriage. Hefner remade himself as a bon vivant and man about town, a lifestyle he promoted in his magazine and two TV shows he hosted, Playboy's Penthouse (1959–1960) and Playboy After Dark (1969–1970).

He admitted to being "'involved' with maybe eleven out of twelve months' worth of Playmates" during some of these years.

The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies.) After the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story "The Crooked Man" was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish the story in Playboy.

The story highlighted straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm.

In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of 0, and raised ,000 from 45 investors, including

He admitted to being "'involved' with maybe eleven out of twelve months' worth of Playmates" during some of these years.The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies.) After the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story "The Crooked Man" was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish the story in Playboy.The story highlighted straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm.In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother ("Not because she believed in the venture," he told E!in 2006, "but because she believed in her son."), to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party.Rockwell agreed to meet with Haley only after gaining assurance from the Playboy writer that he was not Jewish, although Rockwell kept a handgun on the table throughout the interview.

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He admitted to being "'involved' with maybe eleven out of twelve months' worth of Playmates" during some of these years.

The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies.) After the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story "The Crooked Man" was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish the story in Playboy.

The story highlighted straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm.

In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother ("Not because she believed in the venture," he told E!

in 2006, "but because she believed in her son."), to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party.

Rockwell agreed to meet with Haley only after gaining assurance from the Playboy writer that he was not Jewish, although Rockwell kept a handgun on the table throughout the interview.

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He admitted to being "'involved' with maybe eleven out of twelve months' worth of Playmates" during some of these years.

The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies.) After the Charles Beaumont science fiction short story "The Crooked Man" was rejected by Esquire magazine in 1955, Hefner agreed to publish the story in Playboy.

The story highlighted straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm.

In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother ("Not because she believed in the venture," he told E!

,000 from his mother ("Not because she believed in the venture," he told E!

in 2006, "but because she believed in her son."), to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party.

Rockwell agreed to meet with Haley only after gaining assurance from the Playboy writer that he was not Jewish, although Rockwell kept a handgun on the table throughout the interview.