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He started Playboy after quitting a job at Esquire when he was denied a $5 raise.

He used a 5-year-old photo of a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe for the first Playboy cover.

He almost used a dramatically different name for his magazine.

He wasn’t always a playboy.

He helped launch Dick Gregory’s career.

He is the reason the Hollywood Sign is still standing.

He once purchased two franchised Playboy Clubs that discouraged African-American membership.

 He set a Guinness World Record for something you might not expect.
Hefner actually earned a Guinness World Record in 2011 for putting together the largest personal scrapbook collection in the world. His nearly 3,000 scrapbooks contain photos from his time at Playboy as well as photos detailing visitors at the Mansion.

He wanted to be buried next to Marilyn Monroe when he died.

About 40 years after Hefner first featured Monroe on the cover of Playboy, he bought the crypt located directly next to Monroe’s crypt at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California, even though the two never actually met. He paid $75,000 for it in 1992 and wanted to be buried there at the time of his death.

“Jay Leno suggested that if I was going to spend that kind of money, I should actually be on top of her,” Hefner said in a 2000 Playboy interview. “But to me, there’s something rather poetic in the fact that we’ll be buried in the same place.”

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