Today Hugh Hefner of Playboy passed away.
He was an icon to say the least and led the kind of life that millions of men wished that they could have led.
His immediate family will be quite distraught – but for everyone else Hugh’s life should be celebrated. He made 91 years!
What I liked about him was the way he challenged the moral majority throughout the American legal system including booking black artists in defiance of segregation laws for the clubs that he had in that period.
As for the UK – he opened his first Playboy Casino with Victor Lownes as his partner.
Whilst I never met Hugh myself, I met Victor on many occasions.
When I opened my Stringfellows club in Rodeo Drove in Los Angeles around 1990, Charlie Sheen, who was a friend of mine at the time, invited me to meet Hugh in the Playboy mansion.
Sadly Hugh decided he didn’t want to meet me and cancelled it! Why did he do that? Well it may have been that I threw a party for his Playboy croupiers when his London Casino lost their licence and closed down in 1980.
Nevertheless he was and will continue to be an icon of the adult entertainment business – and for that reason I will be celebrating his life tonight at Stringfellows.