Hugh Hefner's Future Looks Bright

Hugh Hefner is putting the past year behind him and looking forward to a romantic and successful 2012. Here's what the Playboy icon has to say about his sexy new year.

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Some 85-year-olds may spend their days playing bridge at the retirement home -- but they aren't Hugh Hefner. The Playboy mogul says that 2012 is shaping up to be one of his most successful in recent memory -- and he is leaving room for romance, too.

"Retirement is unthinkable to me," Hef told the Associated Press. "The future is bright and very exciting and I'm looking forward to playing a part in it."

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Despite the cancellation of both his TV show, The Playboy Club, and his wedding to Crystal Harris, Hef says business and pleasure still have a lead role in his life.

"I don't know that I would be best served at married (life)," he said. "But I do know that I need an ongoing romantic relationship." Hef is currently healing his broken heart with two new 25-year-old girlfriends, Playboy models Shera Bechard and Anna Berglund.

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Hef is getting some help from his son, Cooper Hefner, in breathing new life into the Playboy brand, including reopening branches of The Playboy Club around the world, sponsoring a short film contest and lighting a fire under a previously shelved biopic of his famous dad.

"Most people's lives, if they are successful, have a peak and then it's a bell-shaped curve, or they have wonderful years and then a slow dissipation. The opposite has been the case here," Hefner noted. "I'm the luckiest guy, from my perspective, the luckiest guy on the planet."

"If you can do that and make some real difference in the world, it's too sweet."

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Story Behind Fastball - The Way


The couple left their home on the morning of Saturday, June 28, 1997. They were headed to the Pioneer Days Festival, a festival honoring longtime residents, in nearby Temple, a fifteen mile trip. They stopped at the neighborhood Wal-Mart for coffee, something they often did during the week.

About twelve hours after they initially left home, they were stopped in northern Arkansas near the town of Subiaco by Logan County sheriff's deputy Harold Cole because they were driving with no headlights. Cole radioed Lela's information in, but, unaware that the couple was lost or missing and having no reason to detain them, let them go.

Looking back on the incident, officer Cole later stated that there were warning signs that something might have been wrong. It took several miles of flashing his lights before Lela pulled over, she was fumbling a little when Cole instructed her to turn on her headlights, and though she said she was going to Texas, she was headed the wrong way. However this was not enough to warrant holding them.

"I feel terrible about it. I just wished I'd known more that night to give me a little suspicion. There was just nothing there out of the ordinary... I was impressed by the lady... She was polite. She was kind. She was gentle… I had no probable cause to detain them any longer. And I certainly had no probable cause to think they were wanted," Cole said.

Forty-five minutes later they were stopped again near the town of Plainview by a Yell County sheriff's deputy for driving with their high-beams on. Although by this time the couple had been reported as missing, unfortunately no computer checks were run, and again they were let go. This was the last time they were seen alive.

When the couple did not return home by 4 p.m. that day, Lela's son Hal Copeland called the Bell County sheriff's office to report them missing.[4]

Several relatives of the Howards spent the July fourth weekend searching for them. They distributed fliers, drove back roads, and questioned law enforcement officials and storekeepers. The Howards' grandson James Stewart offered a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the couple.

Police were flooded with tips about the couple nationwide after a segment was aired on CBS's This Morning, however none of them led anywhere according to officer Wayne Jordan of the Arkansas State Police.[5]

Death and discovery

Exactly two weeks after they disappeared, two teenagers on a hike through the Ouachita Mountains found the Howards' maroon Oldsmobile Delta 88 and the bodies of Lela and Raymond at the bottom of a 25-foot cliff. The highway they were driving on before the crash was known for being a treacherous, curvy road.[6]

Although it was initially reported that Raymond was driving the car, when the full investigation's details were released, they showed that Lela had in fact been behind the wheel. Police estimated that Lela was driving about 50 miles per hour when she ran a stop sign and drove off the road and over the cliff, most likely due to a combination of the dark, winding road and mental fatigue. There were no skid marks, indicating Lela was unaware she had run the sign. The report stated that after the crash, Lela put the car in parking gear and removed the keys. She walked around to the passenger side door which she apparently opened, then walked about 20 feet away from the car before collapsing. Raymond never left the passenger seat.[7] She was 83 years old. He was 88.


Because the disappearance of Lela and Raymond made national headlines, their eventual discovery raised concerns on whether or not the elderly need to undergo driver testing. Texas State Representative Tony Goolsby introduced a bill that would order the Department of Transportation to come up with some way to ensure that drivers 75 years of age and older could "exercise ordinary and reasonable control in the operation of a motor vehicle."

This fueled a national debate on whether or not such a bill would infringe on the rights of senior citizens. The American Association of Retired Persons strongly disapproved of any such legislation stating, "It is discriminatory in all senses of the word."

However others such as Homer Lear of the Silver-Haired Legislature disagreed and said the idea did have merit.[8]

The Baroness' Annual Holiday Cocktail Party and Lubricated Shopping!

The Barones holiday latexHappy HOlidays!

'Tis the season and at the boutique my elves are bustling as we prepare for a very shiny, slippery holiday month. It starts with our traditional trip to Macy's Santa Land, where we sit on his lap, tell him our wish list, and entertain the crowd, all decked out in our red and green latex holiday ensembles.

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Thursday, December 15th, from 7-10pm, join us at the boutique for our annual lubricated shopping holiday cocktail party and sale!
Drink champagne, nibble on snacks, socialize, and—to make it easy to shop for yourself and those on your Christmas list—receive 20% off all in-stock latex, and up to 50% off already-discounted sale items, as my gift to you! A perfect latex stocking stuffer is our holiday aprons in red & green with snow flake and Christmas tree appliqu├ęs, or our marabou trimmed red latex Mrs. Clause dress! The boutique is located at 530 B East 13th Street between Avenues A & B, New York City.

Saturday, December 17th, NYC, I and my band of latex elves and naughty Santas will be at Stimulate where we will decorate the human Christmas Tree!

December 25th until January 2nd we will be open by appointment only and infrequently checking emails to recover from all the holiday parties and gather strength for more of them!

An upcoming event that you will need to prepare for outfit-wise, be you contestant or attendee, is Miss Rubber World 2012, on Saturday, March 24th, in New York City. Once again I will be the emcee for the evening and will also show a small collection of Baroness latex fashions. This event gets better each year and if you are thinking of entering the prizes are incredible, however the competition is fierce and you will need to dress to really impress in more than one outfit! Remember, custom creations take time, so contact me soon so we can create something astonishing! (Seems like a great time to take advantage of our lubricated shopping cocktail party and sale).

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Lindsay Lohan's Nude Playboy Cover Has Leaked

Lindsay Lohan's Nude Playboy Cover Has Leaked

Lindsay Lohan's nude Playboy cover, which she was paid $1 million to pose for, made its way onto the internet today.

It's too bad, because she was supposed to unveil the cover on "The Ellen DeGeneres show" on December 15th, in her first televised interview since she violated probation. The issue goes on sale in late December.

Some of her body is noticeably covered up by the Playboy bunny sign, but she's definitely naked. When will the rest of the images leak? That's the question.

[NY Post]