MY 8 POSTCARDS IN 2017 FROM NEW ORLEANS TO HUGH HEFNER (PART 2)

I started this series on my letters and postcards to Hugh Hefner back in September when I read of the passing of Mr. Hefner. There are many more to come. It is my view that he may have taken time to look at glance at one or two of them since these postcards were short and from one of Hef’s favorite cities!!!!

Feb 27, 2017 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.

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Feb 27, 2017
Hugh Hefner
Playboy Mansion
Dear Hugh,
Today I’m reading Proverbs 27.
Verse 1
Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
Verse 12 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.

I got two things for you today.
First, none of us can boast about tomorrow so if we want to get right with God we have to do it now.
Second, after reading the life story of King Solomon I am convinced that you and SOLOMON have walked similar paths and you know
Best wishes,
Everette Hatcher

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I wrote to Hefner in an earlier letter these words:

Francis Schaeffer observed concerning Solomon, “You can not know woman by knowing 1000 women.”

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(Better times when Hef was married with kids and faithful to his wife)

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Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes Daniel Akin, Jonathan Akin and Tony Merida:

Finally, Solomon indulged in sexual pleasure. In addition to 700 wives (1 Kgs 11), he had 300 concubines (cf. Eccl 2:8). A concubine was a woman given to a man simply for the purpose of sexual pleasure. Concubines were objects. Thus, Solomon could out-locker-room-boast basketball all-star Wilt Chamberlain (who once infamously claimed to have been with 20,000 women!) and infamous playboy Hugh Hefner. So many people are on an endless search for sexual pleasure. They may not have a thousand women literally, but they have that many or more in their pornographic internet history or their romance novels. They constantly look for a new illicit experience in order to be satisfied, but like Solomon they come away empty and disappointed—the high only lasts so long. 

(Back to his old ways again)

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Nolte: Playboy’s Hugh Hefner Liberated Us Straight Into Hell

My highest political value, the one that informs everything from my vote to my political activism, is individual liberty. An ideal America is one where every consenting adult is allowed to live their life in whatever way they choose. As long as you do not touch the tip of my nose, feel free to swing your fists however you like.

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine who died last month at age 91, furthered the noble cause of live and let live…

Hefner’s example of living on his own terms was that of an American success story, and even if his destiny was one of godless hedonism, as my colleague Joel Pollak wrote last month, he was still the author of that destiny, a man who transformed himself from a maladroit copywriter into a maladroit publisher, and who then spent more than a half-century posing — rather awkwardly — as Ian Flemings’ idea of a pipe-smoking swinger.

Also in the plus column is Hefner’s early support of the Civil Rights movement. Like Marlon Brando and Charlton Heston, Hefner climbed on board that righteous train in the early 60s, before it was cool, and helped to make it cool. And that is no small thing.

Without a doubt, Hefner’s relentless crusade against certain pieties and prejudices removed countless scarlet letters, and that is all good … but that is only 20 percent of his legacy.

The remaining 80 percent unleashed hell.

Filled with intentional lies, Alfred Kinsey’s dual (and now debunked) reports — Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953) — told normal Americans that they were abnormal…Hefner declared himself Kinsey’s pamphleteer, and there is no question that on the pornographic pages of Playboy, that is exactly what he was.

To begin with, by taking pornography out of the backroom and mainstreaming it into urban chic, Hefner forever altered our view of women. Before Hefner, mainstream American culture idolized and idealized women, placed them on pedestals as goddesses, never went beyond presenting them as the precious objects of our dreams (see herehere, and here).

But with the turn of a page, Hefner demolished that pedestal, stripped off the goddesses’ clothes, and spread her legs wide open. Goddesses plopped to earth as flat-out sex objects, things created only to serve man’s basest desires.

 

In defense of Hefner’s cultural impact, the great Camille Paglia told the Hollywood Reporterlast week:

Hefner reimagined the American male as a connoisseur in the continental manner, a man who enjoyed all the fine pleasures of life, including sex. Hefner brilliantly put sex into a continuum of appreciative response to jazz, to art, to ideas, to fine food … and the art of seduction[.]

This is all true, but it is only true for some, very few actually, because those like Hefner who could afford “all the fine pleasures of life” could also financially afford to paper over the emotional and physical wreckage that comes with decadence.

No matter what the system looks like, America’s Beautiful People will always survive and flourish. But Hefner was the first to come along and warp the system into one where onlythe Beautiful People could survive and flourish.

And so, among those who could not afford “all the pleasures of life”; who could not afford the abortions, alimony, and child support; who did not look like a Playboy Bunny; and could not surround himself with Bunnies willing to not complicate his life after a loveless encounter — among us everyday folks who actually have to look into the eyes of life’s consequences, the casualties mounted…

Divorce, broken homes, bankruptcy, generations of children raised by a single parent, sexually-transmitted diseases, addiction, AIDs, early death, loneliness, despair, guilt, spiritual ruin, and 58 million innocent children butchered in the one place they should be safest, in their own mother’s womb.

That was the analog fallout.

The digital fallout is somehow worse.

These days, one ill-considered click of your browser’s setting instantly reveals the truth, that pornography is a satanic drug, something that went from just being dirty, into something that is so unspeakably degrading towards women I dare not describe it.

Like any drug, in order to produce the desired effect, the potency must be increased and increased and increased… This means that with the hollow promise of Kardashianism, and after just a few months of living the dream as a porn queen in a meat market always looking for fresh meat, countless young women are being chewed up and spit out, their lives ruined forever by an Internet that is forever.

And those are the lucky ones, the ones who don’t try to heal a soul wounded by self-degradation with the kind of illegal drugs that can only be paid for through even more self-degradation.

On the other side of that computer screen is a generation of boys just a click away from a drug that will physically and mentally warp them into the dysfunctional freak Hefner himself eventually became — a lonely, frustrated recluse living in someone else’s decrepit home; a pathetic sex addict surrounded by a harem of living centerfolds, but one who could only perform with the aid of hardcore porn in one corner and his Bunnies pretending to have a lesbian orgy in the other.

Hefner was a media icon, a limousine leftist, the winner of countless First Amendment awards, and a warlock who manufactured a lifestyle filled with perfect cocktails, ideal stereo systems, the most comfortable leather slippers, and the prose of John Updike. But according to a number of witnesses, including late porn star Linda Lovelace, that was all a shiny veneer to cover over a hopeless degenerate who allegedly needed to see women get humped by German Shepards; a man who abandoned a wife and daughter; a man who even into his seventies slipped young women the Quaaludes he called “thigh openers.”

Yes, Hugh Hefner helped to spread freedom, but he is also a reminder of the many terrible costs of that come with freedom.

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The world lost a pop culture icon when Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy, died on Wednesday, September 27. The legendary magazine publisher was 91, and left behind quite a legacy.

He was born Hugh Marston Hefner on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, and was the oldest of two boys born to Grace and Glenn Hefner. The publisher graduated high school in 1944 and founded Playboy in 1953, which he turned it into a world-renowned brand and empire. The businessman is survived by his wife, Crystal Harris, sons Cooper, 26, Marston, 27, and David, 62, and daughter Christie, 64.

Scroll down to take a look back at Hugh Hefner’s iconic life and career in photos.

First Love

First Love

Hefner married his childhood sweetheart, Mildred “Millie” Williams in 1949 after his time in the army. They welcomed daughter Christie in 1952 and son David in 1955. The couple divorced after 10 years of marriage, and his famous bachelor life began.

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The Magazine

The Magazine

Hefner helped revolutionize publishing and welcomed a new era of sexual revolution in magazines when he started Playboy in 1953. The magazine became one of the most controversial magazines in history for its risqué content and frequent use of nudity.

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Playboy Bunnies

Playboy Bunnies

After his split from his first wife, Millie Williams, the magazine editor had a relationship with girlfriend Barbi Benton and also dated several other Playboy models throughout the majority of his life.

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The Mansion

The Mansion

In 1971, Hefner purchased the now-iconic Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. The notorious 22-room house became widely known for the massive parties he used to throw there in the 1970s.

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Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells

The reality star married his second wife, Kimberley Conrad, in 1989, and they had sons Marston and Cooper. The couple separated in 1998 and the Playmate of the Year 1989 moved into a home next to the Playboy Mansion. They didn’t officially divorce until 11 years later in 2010.

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Dance With My Father

Dance With My Father

Hefner danced with his firstborn, Christie, who is also the former chairperson and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, at her wedding to lawyer Bill Marovitz in 1995.

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Hollywood Star

Hollywood Star

Hefner was a staple in pop culture, often making cameo appearances on TV shows and in movies. He guest-starred in projects such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The House Bunny and The Apprentice.  

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His Favorite

His Favorite

Hefner often remained close to his past girlfriends and the models who’ve appeared in the pages of Playboy, including Pamela Anderson. After his passing, the actress posted a tearful video on Instagram, on Thursday, September 28: “I am me because of you. You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family, you were the most important person in my life.”

She added: “You gave me my life. People tell me all the time that I was your favorite. I’m in such deep shock.”

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The Girls Next Door

The Girls Next Door

Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt moved into the mansion in 2004, and in 2005 they started filming their E! reality show, The Girls Next Door, about their lives as Hefner’s girlfriends.

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No. 1 Girlfriend

No. 1 Girlfriend

Madison and Hefner split in 2008 after five years together, and all three girls from The Girls Next Door left the mansion. Madison went on to star in her own spinoff series, Holly’s World. She also wrote a tell-all memoir, titled Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, about her life with the Playboy mogul.

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Kendra on Top

Kendra on Top

Wilkinson maintained a tight bond with Hefner after leaving the mansion and even married Hank Baskett in 2009 at the house, which was featured on her own spinoff show, Kendra on Top. “Hef changed my life,” the Playboy model, 32, told Us Weekly in a statement after his passing. “He made me the person I am today. I couldn’t be more thankful for our friendship and our time together. I will miss him so much but he will be in my heart forever.”

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Casablanca

Casablanca

Hefner had a timeless birthday tradition through the years. To celebrate his April 9 birthday, the Playboy founder hosted a Casablanca-themed bash for his family and friends every year.

Casablanca is my all time favorite film and we watch that movie and then gather in the dining room, which we have transformed into Rick’s Café Américain and we have Champagne and caviar by candlelight,” Hugh told Us in 2011 of the tradition. “It’s a very romantic evening. Everyone dresses up in the style of the 1940s, similar to the movie.”

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Still Present

Still Present

Hefner continued to make appearances at Playboy events, including the Playboy’s 2013 Playmate Of The Year luncheon, with his youngest son, Cooper, in May 2013.

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Forever Love

Forever Love

The Playboy mogul proposed to girlfriend Crystal Harris on Christmas Eve 2010, and the pair went on to tie the knot on New Year’s Eve 2012. Their nuptials came after Harris’ controversial decision to call off their wedding in June 2011, just five days prior to their big day.

“I tried marriage twice before but there’s no comparison,” Hugh told Us Weeklyin 2014 of his marriage to Harris, who was 60 years younger. “This is the real deal. And to find true love at this age? It’s remarkable.”

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A Legacy

A Legacy

Not only did Hefner create an empire with Playboy, but he also used his fame and fortune for the good of the community. He was known for his humanitarian and charity work through the years, helping restore the iconic Hollywood sign twice, and donated millions of dollars to the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

 

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