BY FRANK DROUZAS, Staff Writer
Since Hugh Hefner recently shuffled off his mortal silk pajamas and left this world for the big mansion in the sky, many of us will remember him mainly as a publisher, a playboy and erstwhile pipe smoker. But if you ask me, “risk-taker” should be the foremost adjective in the mix.
Sure, he published one of the most controversial periodicals of his day, with pages featuring bombshells and bunnies at various stages of undress and articles extolling bachelorhood and vibrant city life. And yes, all this in stark contrast to what men of his day were expected to do: don gray flannel suits, get married, have children and move to the suburbs.
But it was a decision he made in March 1965 that truly shook things up: “Hef” chose Jennifer Jackson as the playmate of the month, making her the first African-American Playboy playmate.