Playboy chief Hugh Hefner says initially he wanted to call his world-famous magazine Stag Party but decided to change it to Playboy at the last minute.
It was Hefner’s associate Eldon Sellers who suggested the title Playboy, the 86-year-old revealed in an interview to legendary tennis player Vijay Amritraj on CNN IBN’s show “Dimensions”.
“I wasn’t going to call the magazine Playboy. I wanted to call the magazine Stag Party, influenced by a cartoon book that I had,” Hefner said. “At the very last minute I got a letter from the lawyer of Stag magazine saying that it was an infringement on their title. So at the very last minute changed the name and changed the image and called it Playboy,” he added.
Playboy is a US men’s magazine and it is popular for boldly featuring photographs of scantily dressed women. The first issue of the magazine was published in 1953 and featured screen legend Marilyn Monroe.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2012.