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There was no hugging and kissing in my home." In 1944, after graduating from high school, Hefner joined the U. "And I wanted to read a magazine that was a little more sophisticated and was focused really on the romantic connection between the sexes from a male point of view." After raising ,000 from investors, Hefner published the debut issue of Playboy in December 1953.
The premiere issue had no date, in case it sold poorly and there wasn't a second issue.
"That is a celebration of one's own sexuality and the fact that we are two sexes.
And what Playboy tried to (do) is to elevate it to another kind of level that did celebrate that." But the magazine wasn't just about sex.
And his pioneering magazine, his biggest legacy, may have helped the buttoned-up America of the 1950s and early 1960s loosen up a little about sex.
"I would like to be remembered as somebody who has changed the world in some positive way, in a social, sexual sense, and I'd be very happy with that," Hefner told CNN.
Playboy published articles and short fiction by some of the most celebrated writers of the day -- including Ian Fleming, John Updike and Vladimir Nabokov -- inadvertently creating a joke phrase, "I only read Playboy for the articles." The magazine also earned respect for tackling social issues and carrying lengthy interviews with high-profile figures like Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon and Muhammad Ali.
By the 2000s, the rise of internet pornography and "lad mags" such as Maxim, which featured scantily clad starlets, had eroded much of Playboy's subscriber base.On its cover was actress Marilyn Monroe, who also appeared in a nude centerfold -- a photograph that had been originally used for a pin-up calendar.Hefner contributed an introductory essay in which he envisioned the magazine's readers: "We like our apartment.In 1960, he launched a chain of exclusive Playboy Clubs in cities across the U. Playboy went public in 1971, the same year the magazine's monthly circulation peaked at 7 million issues.But Hefner's empire soon found itself grasping to define its role in a post-sexual revolution, post-feminist world.