What do we really know about Hugh Hefner?. Since 1953 there has been one man that has stood for democracy, free speech, civil rights and homosexual rights, all while being one of the world's foremost experts on the nude magazine centerfold and having multiple girlfriends at a time. That man is a legendary patriarch of the Playboy empire, Mr. Hugh Hefner. But while we all know the name ant the instantly recognizable smoking jacket, do we really know anything the man? Here are some facts about Hugh Hefner to add bit of humanity to the legend.