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Hugh Hefner: It's a pleasure to be here!
Hugh Hefner: Okay, I'm ready!
Hugh Hefner: She joined the company in the latter 1970s, soon after graduating from college. I can't remember the exact date when she became the president, but it was soon after we had some management problems in the 1980s. She's been the president ever since and is currently the chairman of the board. She handles the business end, and I handle the creative and marketing end. It's a very good partnership.
Hugh Hefner: The new book is filled with anecdotal details related to both the business and personal side of my life. Over the years I was romantically involved with a large number of the playmates, and that is one of the unique attractions and appeals of Playboy.
Hugh Hefner: I really don't understand that question in that context. I live here in L.A., so I'm not aware of what the pros and cons are of what the mayor did in New York.
Hugh Hefner: The suggestion came from the author, and it seemed like a good one. The Playboy-Bond connection has been there since 1960, and it's one that has worked very well for both of us.
Hugh Hefner: We're exploring various possibilities regarding the variations on the Playboy Club theme. This is a very exciting time for Playboy on a global level. The possibility of on-site Playboy clubs, cafés, and casinos are a reality for the near future. The Bunny is coming back!
Hugh Hefner: I think it's a combination of qualities. I think the creative vision is the single most important part of it, but it is also related to my ability to focus on an idea and turn it into reality. I've turned my dreams into reality, and because my dreams are shared by a great many others, Playboy has become so successful.
Hugh Hefner: Yes, without a doubt.
Hugh Hefner: This entire year is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. It will also be a yearlong celebration of Playboy in the coming millennium. It began with the 45th anniversary issue, now on sale. And it will end with the January 2000 issue, which will contain a number of very special features, including the winner of the yearlong search for Playmate 2000. She'll earn $200,000 as a modeling fee. In addition, this entire year will include a number of special events, including a Playmate reunion at the mansion, a Playmate expo for the fans, a television special, and a number of other special events. As Prince suggested, 1999 is a year to party. Nineteen ninety-nine will be a yearlong party for Playboy and a celebration of the coming millennium.
Hugh Hefner: One man's pornography is another man's erotica, and the definitions are largely subjective. Everyone's interested in sex, but what's acceptable from one person to another is due to personal taste. The change in technology coming to TV, video, and the Internet have made the images of erotica increasingly commonplace.
Hugh Hefner: Gloria Steinem and I both received lifetime achievement awards earlier this year from the American Magazine Association. We both have a number of common views, but we obviously differ on some of our views related to sexuality. I have never really understood the antisexual portions of feminism.
Hugh Hefner: They have to be 18 years or older.
Hugh Hefner: I don't admire his magazine, but I think he's a good businessman. Once again, it's largely a matter of personal taste.
Hugh Hefner: My life is actually better than it appears from the outside. I'm a most lucky fellow because so many of my dreams have come true. You will get a real sense of that by reading the new book, INSIDE THE PLAYBOY MANSION.
Hugh Hefner: Viagra has been promoted primarily as an impotence drug, but it's a good deal more than that. It improves the quality of sex. There is some evidence that it may work for women as well as men, and they are currently doing research on that subject.
Hugh Hefner: There was a time in the middle 1970s in which some government officials were attempting to frame me on false drug charges. It was a very painful time, and it cost me the life of a very dear friend.
Hugh Hefner: I think Playboy is often misunderstood in our society. Particularly by people who don't read it. I think Playboy has had a significant positive impact on society and I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish. There may be some negative aspects to the sexual revolution, but it is a small price to pay for personal sexual freedom. That is really what America is all about -- or should be.
Hugh Hefner: It's my pleasure, thank you! Goodnight! And Happy New Year!