Steven Watts, professor at University of Missouri, penned a bio of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner out Oct. 1.
The press release tells us:
“The first time I arrived at the Playboy Mansion was like
parachuting onto a new planet,” Watts said. “Hefner is one of the smartest people I ever met and a genuine romantic. For him, the glass is not only half full, it’s completely full.”
For his biography, Watts was given unprecedented access to
Hefner and the Playboy archives. Watts interviewed Hefner for more than 40 hours and searched over 1,800 scrapbooks about his life. As a historian who also has written best-selling biographies of Walt Disney and Henry Ford, Watts tried to discover the real person behind the flamboyant public persona. He found that Hefner pursued a dream of “personal, political and economic freedom” and viewed his pursuit of fun not as immature, but as a happy embodiment of childhood optimism in a cynical world.
Yeah, uh…talk about lipstick on a pig.