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Hugh Hefner: The great liberator or exploiter

September 30, 2017 6:31 PM
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Hugh Hefner: The great liberator or exploiter

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner passed away on Wednesday at the age of 91. He was buried next to Marilyn Monroe's crypt at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California, a spot that Hef bought for $75,000 in 1992.

"The whole 1950s notion was find the right girl, get married, move to the suburbs and then hang out with the guys while she stayed at home with the babies. I felt that was sort of sad"

The Playboy Mansion is the only residence in Los Angeles that has a "Pyrotechnic License" that enables the place to set off fireworks.

Every year on the 4th of July there is a giant fireworks show at the mansion that can be seen for miles around.

The mansion is home to dozens of exotic animals and it is one of very few private residences that actually has a zoo license. There are furry bunnies, peacocks, macaws, flamingos and toucans. Hef has a rabbit subspecies named after him, "Sylvilagus palustris hefneri", in honor of the financial support provided by his corporation.

Though originally built in 1927, Hefner only acquired the mansion in 1971 - when he bought it for $1 million from renowned chess player and space engineer Louis D Statham. Statham developed the measuring devices that were used by NASA spacecraft to ensure they remained on course during flights, and was an avid player in the Coast Chess League.

The mansion has the infamous Grotto - with fake cave of rocks, the whirlpool, the waterfall, the dim lighting, the strategically placed mattresses surrounding the water.

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

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