Today we celebrate the birth of the legendary Hugh Hefner. That's right. Hef turns 86 today. And, god bless him. Back in 1952, Hugh decided to leave his job as a copywriter for Esquire and set out to found Playboy Magazine just one year later. Fast forward more than 50-years, and Hef has become one of the most beloved and celebrated icons around the word. Hugh Hefner has given generations a tremendous amount to aspire to. And, today we tip our hat off to Hugh Marston Hefner and wish him many more to come. Happy Birthday, legend!

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