Posts tagged "Hef"

Inside Playboy's first New Year's Eve party post Hef

NYE host Cooper Hefner surrounded by Playboy Bunnies.
Hugh Hefner’s parties were legendary and I’ve been lucky enough to have attended my fair share but, in my mind, all bets were off for this year’s annual New Year’s Eve party considering Hef’s recent passing. So, when I received a text from his son Cooper, the magazine’s chief creative officer, asking if my email address... Read more »

Playmates, friends and family pay loving tribute to Hugh Hefner in LA and Chicago

Touching invite image for Hef's Celebration of Life tributes in LA and Chicago.
“In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life.” This is Hugh Marston Hefner‘s quote that appeared on the covers of the two invitations to his Celebration of Life tributes, one held at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in California on Sunday, November 12, and the second in Chicago at the... Read more »

Losing Hef by a Bunny who loved him

Losing Hef by a Bunny who loved him
All the wind has gone out of my sails. I just heard the sad news of Hugh (Hef) Hefner’s passing. He and Playboy have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I knew it was coming but have always dreaded this day. I know when his brother Keith... Read more »
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Playboy Magazine's smart move: Nudes are back thanks to Cooper Hefner

Playboy Magazine's smart move: Nudes are back thanks to Cooper Hefner
I never thought it was a good idea to transition to a non-nude Playboy Magazine and now my instincts have been confirmed. Thank goodness for Cooper Hefner. He was never in favor of this move and now, four months after being brought on as chief creative director, the no-nudes policy has been scrapped. In this... Read more »

Playboy's decision to drop nudity: Say it ain't so Hef

Playboy's decision to drop nudity: Say it ain't so Hef
When I was a Playboy centerfold in December 1979, the circulation was around 5.6 million. Today, that number has dropped to 800,000. Clearly, something wasn’t working. But I think Hef’s decision to “drop nudity” or rather make it “PG-13 and less produced–more like the racier sections of Instagram”, according to Cory Jones, a top editor... Read more »

What's my Playboy Bunny tail, ears and costume worth? Check it out on Antiques Roadshow

What's my Playboy Bunny tail, ears and costume worth? Check it out on Antiques Roadshow
A few months ago, I wrote about my Antiques Roadshow experience here on Chicago Now.  On July 26, 2014, I took some of my Playboy memorabilia to the show, the first time it had come to Chicago in ten years. The tickets sold out within the hour and I compared the experience to winning a... Read more »
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Glamourcon 57: Playboy Playmates, pin-ups and a visit with Hef

With Monique St. Pierre (PMOY 1976), Hef, Patti McGuire Connors (PMOY 1977).
Glamourcon is described as a “celebration and marketplace of the glamour arts.”  It features dozens of Playboy Playmates from 6 decades as well as many other past and present glamour and pin-up models.  As Playboy’s December 1979 centerfold, I’ve attended quite a few of these get-togethers which, for me, is not only a chance to... Read more »

Rachel Pomplun: Playboy picks its first Mexican-American Playmate of the Year (VIDEO!)

PMOY 2013 Rachel Pomplun
Congrats to Rachel Pomplun for winning the Playboy Playmate of the Year title as the first Mexican American centerfold!  Fellow Playmate Dianne Chandler, attended this year’s PMOY party at the Mansion in LA on May 16 and shared the story with me. For many of the guests, the day began with a trolley ride from... Read more »

The Naked Truth: Partying with Playboy can be FUN!

With the holiday invitations starting to arrive, it gave me pause to think back about some of my favorite parties.  Obviously, with my rich Playboy history, thoughts turned to Hugh Hefner ( Hef).  And even though he’s not as young as he used to be, his parties continue to be legendary.  From the recent reports... Read more »
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Playboy Playmates (Past and Present), Cyber Models and Pinups Featured at Glamourcon 53

Playmate Jessa Hinton (7/11) poses for amateur photogs during the Playboy Photo Session offered by former Playboy legends Jeff Cohen and Gary Cole at Glamourcon 53.
Glamourcon 53 featured Playboy Playmates (past and present), Playboy cyber girls and special edition models plus pin-ups at this weekend’s convention at Crowne Plaza O’Hare.  It was great seeing some of my fellow Playmates like Janis Schmitt, who I was also a bunny with at the St. Louis Playboy Club.  Patti McGuire, Janis and I... Read more »