Hugh Marston Hefner was born in Chicago on April , 16, 1926, the first son of Glenn Lucius Hefner and Grace Caroline Hefner. Both of his parents worked as teachers and were from Nebraska. His mother was of Swedish decent, and his father was English and German ancestry. Hefner claimed that through his father’s blood line he was a direct descendent of distinguished Massachusetts Puritan patriarchs William Bradford and John Winthrop. Hugh had a younger brother who was born in 1929, named Keith. Hefner’s family was described as conservative and Protestant, certainly ironic for what Hugh’s life later unfolded into. He went to Sayre Elementary School and then Steinmetz High on the West Side of Chicago, where he was no more than an average…show more content… Cupid shot his arrow and before they knew it, one thing led to another in their relationship. After dating for over three years they decided to get married in 1949. The couple had two children together. Christie Hefner was born in 1952, and their son David Hefner was born in 1955. According to an E! profile, Mildred allowed Hugh to have sex with other women, out of guilt from her own infidelity.
After college, Hugh began to attempt to publish some of his cartoons. Unfortunately none of his ideas sold. So, he ended up taking a $45 a week job as an assistant manager for the Chicago cartoon company. This minimal amount of money was not enough to get by on, so Hugh had to take a second job at Scott department store for just $40 a week. A year later Hef grew tired of working two jobs, and found new work in a $60 a week job as a promotion copywriter at Esquire magazine in 1951. Not long after in January of 1952, Esquire was going to move its headquarters to New York, so Hef insisted on a 5 dollar raise and was denied so he quit, and decided to create his own magazine. Hugh was convinced that there was a market for a sophisticated men’s magazine that would reflect the views of the post-war generation. Originally named the “Stag Party”, you are probably more familiar with its more popular name change, as it is now called Playboy Magazine.
Obviously, you cannot create a new successful magazine overnight, so Hugh had to