It has been 40 years since Hugh Hefner’s Light Street Playboy Club closed its doors after a 13-year run in Baltimore, a victim of changing cultural tastes.
Hefner, 91, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was the founder of Playboy magazine, which first rolled off the presses in 1953, and he established Playboy Clubs in major American cities, like Baltimore, that showcased its famous Bunnies.
Baltimore was the 19th club he established, and he was present at its re-opening (after a fire) in 1970, overnighting in a king-size bed at the Statler Hilton, in one of the 12 rooms that were reserved for his entourage.
The Baltimore Playboy Club, like all of the franchises,...