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Story – When Hugh Hefner wasn’t sure there would be a second issue of Playboy

In 1953, Hugh Hefner was a 27-year-old freelance cartoonist when he pasted up the first issue of Playboy on the kitchen table of his South Side Chicago apartment. It was a humble beginning, but in many ways the magazine and the philosophy it espoused transformed the way the modern world looks at sex and romance. That first issue had no date on the cover, which was a picture of a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe. Hefner wasn’t sure there would be a second issue of Playboy.

Story – When Hugh Hefner left his job to launch Playboy (initially Stag Party) as he was denied a $5 raise

While Hugh Hefner was working as a copywriter for Esquire, he left in January 1952 after being denied a $5 raise. In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party. The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies. Hefner, who never met Monroe, bought the crypt next to hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in 1992 for $75,000.

Story of Larry Pressler – A Lawyer who served in the Vietnam War

Larry Pressler was briefly a lawyer and then served in the Vietnam War in the United States Army (1966–68). After returning from Vietnam, he served for several years in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. He served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and three terms in the U.S. Senate. He became the first Vietnam veteran to be elected to the Senate.

Childhood Story of Donald Trump – When he got inspired by Manhattan developer William Zeckendorf

Donald Trump was inspired by Manhattan developer William Zeckendorf, vowing to be “even bigger and better”. While at Wharton, he worked at the family business, Elizabeth Trump and Son, graduating in May 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Story – How Fashion Model Melania Knauss became First Lady of the United States because of her marriage with Donald Trump

On January 22, 2005, Trump married Slovene model Melania Knauss at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. In 2006, Melania acquired United States citizenship and she gave birth to their son Barron on March 20 of that year. Melania became First Lady of the United States upon Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States in January 2017.

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