I was born in 1946. The first issue of Playboy Magazine was published in 1953. I probably did not become aware of the magazine until I was well into my teenage years; but I sure knew about the magazine by the time I joined the army in 1964. You could say that I grew up with Playboy Magazine.
Even in the radical 60s, Playboy Magazine was risqué. It was sold over the counter and had photos of naked women in it. Millions of young men loved looking at those photos. And millions of young women fantasized about being naked in Playboy Magazine, naked, well paid for being naked, desirable and famous at least for a little while.
But Playboy Magazine had a lot more going for it than just photos of naked women. It had in-depth investigative reporting. It had fiction from well-respected writers with international reputations. It had interviews with everybody who was anybody including presidents of the United States.
Even as a kid, I knew I probably would never live the Playboy lifestyle. And as things have turned out I was right.
But the magazine had a life changing impact on me. It gave me a vision of what a cutting-edge magazine could be: a mixture of brazen sexuality and serious writing at the same time. Finally, because of the Internet, I’ve been lucky enough to make that vision a reality.
Hugh Hefner, the Old Soldier salutes you!
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