Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy magazine, a man who’s personal motto was “no muff to tough” died at his home, the Playboy Mansion, of natural causes at age 91, We assume he died much as he lived standing at full Viagra attention.
Hugh Hefner sold the Playboy Mansion with the stipulation he remain as a tenant until he dies. Haunting it like the Ghost of Boners’ Past.
Playboy magazine was founded more than 60 years ago to create a niche upscale men’s magazine, combining images of nude women with in-depth articles, interviews and fiction by a variety of well-known writers. You did read the articals didn’t you?
Say what you want about Hugh Hefner, he’s the last guy who will ever be famous for being a publisher.
Hugh Hefner was a leading liberal when liberals were still leading.
The rise and fall of Playboy Atlantic City is a pretty amazing story, when you consider the classiest and most unique casino to be designed and built on the boardwalk. Playboy Atlantic City occupied 280 feet of the Atlantic City boardwalk and was 21 floors in height. It had 500 guest rooms. It opened on April 14, 1981 as the Playboy Hotel and Casino,then changed its name in 1984 to Atlantis Hotel and Casino. The hotel/casino project was initiated by Playboy Enterprises, which later took on Elsinore Corporation (owner of the Four Queens Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas) as a partner in order to obtain financing. The hotel/casino originally opened with a provisional gaming license, but the licensing process was slow due to questions about the suitability of both partners. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission finally granted a permanent gaming license to Elsinore Corporation, but not to Playboy Enterprises (due to concerns about the company’s London casino operations, as well as payments made by the company to New York officials in the early 1960s in order to get a liquor license for its New York Playboy Club). Playboy agreed to sell its share of the hotel/casino to Elsinore and the property’s name was changed.
But, it also a testament to the overall corrupt nature of the New Jersey Casino Control and politics with regard to licensing requirements. The denial of Hefner’s license due to a liquor license dispute (in New York City – 20 years earlier) and the controversy over the London Playboy Casino violations would be minor in comparison to the future junk bond financing and suspect financial activities (all considered legal, of course) of the Trump (and Merv Griffin – Resorts) organization over the next few years. It can be debated that organized crime activity was never really prevented from functioning at Atlantic City casinos from their inception. Furthermore, one does not have to dig very deep to see numerous improprieties with regard to the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal in 1990.
A court ruling October 1981 lifted the gambling licenses of Playboy’s two most profitable London casinos, charging that they had engaged in gambling improprieties.
The Playboy Club in Park Lane and The Clermont Club in Berkeley Square were affected by the ruling. Along with the Victoria Sporting Club of London, they constitute the major profit center of Playboy Enterprises Inc., accounting for 85 percent of the Chicago-based company’s pretax earnings in the latest fiscal year.
The licenses of the Victoria casino, which is also a major income source, as well as of two other Playboy casinos outside of London that break even, are also being reviewed. The decision of the South Westminster Magistrates, in a case brought against the two clubs by the British Gaming Board and the London police, followed long testimony about alleged misconduct and favorable treatment by the clubs toward some of their wealthy clients, including giving them illegal credit. Company to Appeal Decision
The company said it would appeal the decision. Derick J. Daniels, Playboy’s president, said that the company had ”moved aggressively and decisively to remedy any and all deficiencies” at the casinos since allegations were raised. The casinos can remain open during the appeal, which is expected to be heard in January or February. Analysts here, however, said that Playboy most likely would lose the appeals, as two British gambling concerns, the Ladbroke Group Ltd. and the Coral Leisure Group Ltd., had lost theirs on similar misconduct charges. The problems for Playboy began in 1979 when it joined in a campaign to expose the gambling irregularities of its chief casino rival, Ladbroke’s, which later initiated an investigation against Playboy that helped lead to the ruling today. After helping the police to collect evidence against Ladbroke’s, which eventually closed down, most of that company’s gambling operations, Playboy also watched as the second-largest company, Coral, went through the same investigations by the police. With the two leading companies out of the way, Play boy went on to become the biggest of the high-stakes casinos in London.
The problems for Playboy began in 1979 when it joined in a campaign to expose the gambling irregularities of its chief casino rival, Ladbroke’s, which later initiated an investigation against Playboy that helped lead to the ruling in 1981. After helping the police to collect evidence against Ladbroke’s, which eventually closed down, most of that company’s gambling operations, Playboy also watched as the second-largest company, Coral, went through the same investigations by the police. With the two leading companies out of the way, Playboy went on to become the biggest of the high-stakes casinos in London.
A dashing, erudite figure often pictured at work and play at the Playboy mansion smoking a pipe and clad in silk pajamas, Hefner established himself as the embodiment of his “Playboy Philosophy,” which preached personal liberation and championed social causes, including civil rights and gay rights.