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RIP Hugh Hefner
RIP Hugh Hefner

Learn English meaning of ‘RIP Hugh Hefner’

Date: Nov 17 2017

Themes: Alternative, Celebrity, News, Pop Culture

Grammar: Adjectives


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Hugh Hefner, the tough businessman and founder of Playboy Magazine, recently croaked. He was 91 years old. According to some news sources, he passed on due to inhaling black mold spores that were found in his mansion. A few days later, he was buried next to the storied and incredible actress, Marilyn Monroe.

Hugh Hefner was a controversial figure. Many believe he played a huge role in liberating western society from their conservative views about the role of women. His magazine featured articles and stories written by some of the most famous writers and political figures of our time. Others believe his magazine was vile and tasteless. Either way, Hugh Hefner successfully created a billion dollar empire, and his passing is the end of an era.

Listen as Andy and Romeo discuss the recent passing of The Hef.


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Andy_H:  So, it’s been a tough week for celebrity losses, Romeo.

Romeo:  It has.

Andy_H:  We had Tom Petty and, of course, Hugh Hefner.

Romeo:  The Hef.

Andy_H:  The Hef himself, finally croaked, as one would say. Passed on to the…to a better place.

Romeo:  To a better place.

Andy_H:  Yeah.

Romeo:  Well said. Yes.

Andy_H:  And what a storied career. I mean, I just read up that he quit his job and started his magazine with $600. And it’s turned into a multi-billion dollar, I mean…literally it has changed the way that Western people live their lives.

Romeo:  Yeah, I love his magazine. The stories…

Andy_H:  The stories are incredible.

Romeo:  The page where they have the stories…those are so funny!

Andy_H:  Even King got his start…

Romeo:  Yes.

Andy_H:  … writing in his magazine.

Romeo:  The jokes! It’s got some good jokes.

Andy_H:  They are pretty good jokes, yeah. Anyways, it’s the end of an era.

Romeo:  Yeah, the stories the walls could tell at that mansion.

Andy_H:  Yeah, I mean, presidents used to hang out there. And a lot of them!


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Andy tells Romeo it has been a tough week for celebrity deaths. Tom Petty and Hugh Hefner both passed on. The Hef is moving on to a better place. Andy thinks Hugh Hefner has a very storied past, and is impressed that Hugh started his magazine with only $600.

Romeo agrees. Romeo liked the magazine. He claims he enjoyed reading the stories and the jokes. Andy agrees that the jokes were pretty good. Romeo wonders what stories the walls of Hugh Hefner’s mansion could tell. They are probably some pretty good stories.

What do you think of Hugh Hefner? Have you ever read his magazine?



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I have a far ideia of Hugh Hefner, not a lot of information come to Portugal about The Hef on the everyday news. What I could imagine is that was a very rich man, flippant and chic. Playboy magazine becomes popular in Portugal, more for the models pictures that are inside than for the articles and jokes. Playboy it’s a sucess business project, recently (maybe ten years ago), I think Playboy aquired a Portuguese personality with articles, and models from Portugal – Hugh team have change “the product”, to gain more space on the nacional market magazine.

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