Hefner Set for Playboy's 50th Anniversary
Jul. 13, 2003
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Hugh Hefner is gearing up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his magazine Playboy.
And Hefner, 77, has no plans to retire any time soon.
``I'm the luckiest guy on the planet. What I'm doing keeps me young,'' he said. ``I'll be doing it as long as I can. My mother lived to be 101 and was very vital when she passed away.''
Hefner borrowed $600 to launch Playboy in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe as the first pinup.
Fifty years later, the magazine has become an international success. A&E will broadcast a special marking the anniversary this fall.
``I was trying to give sex a good name,'' Hefner told the Television Critics Association summer gathering last week. ``Because sex had always been both legally and socially and politically outside the boundaries of what was acceptable in society.''
``I tried to create a magazine and a lifestyle around it that incorporated sex as a natural, normal part of life, including recreational sex,'' he said.
Hefner said Playboy-brand merchandise is even sold at more than 300 stores in China, where the magazine is banned.