Playboy founder and U.S. Army veteran Hugh Hefner provided his plane, the “Big Bunny,” to transport Vietnamese children to New York during the evacuation of Saigon. Playboy bunnies were the ones who cared for the babies until they reached their destination.
Hugh Hefner worked as a copywriter for Esquire magazine, from where he resigned in Jan 1952 after being denied a $5 raise. 11 months later, he published the first issue of Playboy, featuring Marilyn Monroe.
The Playboy Bunny outfit was the first service uniform registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
In 1955, Hugh Hefner agreed to publish in Playboy a short story about straight men being persecuted in a world where homosexuality was the norm. In response to the criticism, Hefner replied, “If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society then the reverse was wrong, too.”