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Crystal Harris

Hugh Hefner's life pushing boundaries started with comics

Hugh Hefner's life pushing boundaries started with comics

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died on Sept. 27. Reporter Amy Kaufman spoke with the publishing mogul in 2009.

Hugh Hefner didn't get a lot of hugs as a kid. He grew up in a repressed Midwestern Puritan home, and his parents were strict. He couldn't ask them about the things he saw at his favorite movie theater in Chicago -- like the confusing censorship codes, or why an adult married couple in a film had to sleep in separate twin beds. So he began questioning these ideas on his own -- through comic books.

During his junior year in high school, Hefner began his own...

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