Happy Birthday Patricia Paay

For the majority of people the name Patricia Paay will mean very little. However in the Netherlands she is a mega star. She is a Dutch singer, radio host, glamour model and television personality. In the Netherlands, she is well known for her musical career, which spans over four decades. She is also regularly featured on Dutch television and in Dutch tabloid media. Singer Yvonne Keeley is her sister.

She was married to Adam Curry, and American-Dutch radio presenter, MTV VJ, business man and also the nephew of former CIA official and United States Ambassador to Korea, Donald Gregg. The couple were married between 1989 and 2009. They have a daughter ,Christina Curry.

In 1984, Paay was the first glamour model in the Dutch edition of Playboy. In 2009, Paay posed for the December issue of the Dutch version of the magazine at age 60, still stunning. She is 71 today.

What most people outside of the Netherlands don’t know is that more then likely will have heard Patricia Paay. In the 1980’s Dutch produced came up with the concept of Stars on 45. This was novelty pop act which was briefly very popular throughout Europe, and in the United States, and Australia. They recorded medleys from the Beatles and other bands. Patricia Paay was one of the backing singers. A spin off was The Star Sisters together with her sister Yvonne Keeley and another singer Sylvana van Veen . they performed as The Andrews Sisters in a medley that charted internationally in 1984.

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Patricia Paay in Dutch, 1967

The other side of Hugh Hefner

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Now before you all get exited expecting to see lots of pictures of naked women(not that there is anything wrong with that} This is not that type of blog.

This is about the time that Hugh Heffner during the World War 2 years and just after the war.

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Years before founding what would become the Playboy empire, Hefner served as a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII.

In 1943, when Hefner was 17, his friend Jane Sellers moved from Chicago to California, and they corresponded, remaining friends for decades.

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She saved the letters and drawings he sent her, and later said, “At 16, I knew he was destined to do amazing things, so I saved every scrap of paper he ever sent or gave me.”

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A descendent of Plymouth governor William Bradford from back in America’s colonial days, Hefner was born in Chicago in 1926. He always had smarts (he had an IQ rating of 152 as a child) and showed an interest in the journalistic life early on when he started a high school newspaper.Below are some cartoons Hefner did in high school.

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Upon graduation in 1944 he enlisted in the Army as an infantry clerk; during Basic Training he won a sharpshooter badge for firing the M1 and made it through “Killer College,” in which troops went through maneuvers while throwing real grenades. Posted at Camp Adair in Salem, Oregon, and Camp Pickett in Virginia, Hefner contributed cartoons for Army newspapers.

Hefner graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half

When he attended the University of Illinois , he contributed cartoons and articles to the student newspaper, The Daily Illini, and his own college humor magazine, Shaft. Below are two of Hefner’s college cartoons. One comments on female fashions, and the other satirizes how different Chicago newspapers would handle front-page coverage of the same event, apparently a comment on the 1946 coverage of the Lipstick Killer.

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RIP Hugh Heffner

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