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September 30, 2017 11:00 AM Hugh Hefner: Looking Back At A Controversial Life

Hugh Hefner: Looking Back At A Controversial Life Hugh Hefner made history, and then tripped over it. When I was growing up in Chicago, the formidable women who were my mother's friends considered Playboy a good place to work for a single woman. Women at the Playboy Club were well-paid, got chauffeured home in cabs, and customers — stars, politicians 139

September 30, 2017 4:17 AM One man’s Playboy: Encounters with Hefner through the years

LOS ANGELES — It is time to confess something I did as a teenage mail handler in the late 1960s, when Playboy reigned supreme, its rabbit-head logo stamped on a voluptuary empire of publishing, television, restaurants and bunnies. Each month, I would intercept a half-dozen copies of Playboy magazine at a busy Los Angeles post office, slip them out of their 123

September 29, 2017 9:30 PM Hugh Hefner: Inside 'Playboy' and Race to Show More in America's Magazines

An investigative report: From Bob Guccione's 'Penthouse' competition to the publishing race to show more nudity in America's magazines in the 1970s This is Part1 of the story, titled 'The Pubic-Hair Papers,' that originally appeared in the December 20th, 1973 issue of Rolling Stone. It was the summer of '36, and Henry Luce had a problem. Just off the press 170

September 29, 2017 8:51 PM Hugh Hefner's Final Resting Place? The Plot He Bought Next To Marilyn Monroe

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner often spoke of how he would one day be entombed in the plot he'd bought next to Marilyn Monroe. Her crypt is at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner died this week at age 91. And the Playboy founder managed, even in preparing for his death, to cultivate his celebrity and stoke controversy. Over the years 102

September 29, 2017 5:25 PM In the Playboy Mansion, Hugh Hefner created a house of hedonism that may not survive him

The Gothic Tudor was one of many estates built for Los Angeles’ wealthy class during the boom years of the 1920s, an ornate European revival sitting slightly out of place in a Westside canyon. But in the 1970s, Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner saw the Holmby Hills home as a chance to create a hedonistic headquarters for a business that peddled photos of nude women 108

September 29, 2017 12:50 AM One man’s journey from welfare to world’s hottest videogame

Three years ago, Brendan Greene was on welfare in his hometown of Kildare, Ireland, getting an earful from social workers about how he should stop wasting time developing free computer games. “They were telling me to look for jobs or I’ll be cut off,” says Greene. “I kind of ignored them.” Good call. The ideas he crafted in those days led to what is now the hottest 78

September 28, 2017 11:11 PM Let’s Talk About Hugh Hefner’s Political Legacy

O.K., that was then. Today, Playboy’s tagline is “Entertainment for All.” What has Playboy done for women? TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER I have a disclosure, too: I wrote for Playboy (proudly) at the beginning of my career. They gave me my first celebrity assignment, in fact, which has become my bread and butter (not to imply that celebrities eat either bread 117

September 28, 2017 4:30 PM GoPro unveils Hero 6 Black action camera with HDR video recording

Just like you should never judge a book by its cover, you should never judge a GoPro by its same old design. At a glance GoPro’s new action camera, the Hero 6 Black, looks no different from the Hero 5 Black, which was released only a year ago. But if you think it’s just an incremental update GoPro’s charging $499.99 for, you’re wrong. There are a lot of sweeping 78

September 28, 2017 1:42 PM 11 great authors who wrote for Hugh Hefner's Playboy

No-one ever really believed any man who used the old excuse for buying Playboy magazine - "for the articles", as opposed to for the photos of nude women. Yet the magazine does have a long and proud literary tradition, publishing stories by authors like John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, Arthur C Clarke, Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami. Playboy founder 127

September 28, 2017 2:04 AM Amazon Echo Spot: Alexa alarm clock hopes to be a wake-up call

Have you ever wanted to conduct a conversation with your bedside alarm clock? Well you can with Amazon’s latest Alexa device with a small display this fits snugly on your bedside table, inches from your pillow. The new device announced overnight, Echo Spot, joins the original Echo, Echo Dot and an Echo Show in Amazon’s growing arsenal of Alexa devices 66