Today is April 9, the birthday of one of my biggest idols, Hugh Hefner, who pretty much singlehandedly ushered in the American Sexual Revolution. He has been an inspiration for me and countless of other men like me.
But what has perhaps inspired me the most aren’t the beautiful centerfolds of his magazine, but the journey Hef took to create the iconic Playboy. In 1953, after being denied a $5 raise, Hef mortgaged his furniture with approximately $600 in loans and raised $8,000 from 45 investors—including $1,000 from his mother—to launch Playboy. An entrepreneur myself, I understand the risks Hef took to launch his own business, and I admire him for that.
Through his business, Hugh brought about a huge shift in how we now view sex. Some of us may remember that back in the ’50s, “sex” was a very dirty word spoken by few in the media. Through Hef’s magazine, however, sexuality became widely discussed and ultimately appreciated as part of American life by the masses.
In the ’80s, as a young teenager, I recall finding a secret stash of Playboy magazines my parents had been hiding in their bedroom (it was banned in Singapore back in those days). Since my discovery of its existence, the magazine has played a big role in my sexual development. But even more than the healthy dose of adult fantasies Playboy had inspired in me, Hef’s creation taught me something even more important—how to respect and appreciate women. It is this foundation that eventually led me to create SeekingArrangement.com.
Hef took his own passions and ideologies and turned them into his Playboy empire, becoming a legend in the process. But for all of us at SeekingArrangement, Hef is also the inspiration that led to the creation of this website which has allowed modern men the ability to turn the fantasy of being a “Sugar Daddy” into reality.
For all that you have done, Hef, I’d like to personally thank you and wish you Happy Birthday!