Oregon links to Hugh Hefner's Playboy empire include at least 2 Playmates of the Year
EUGENE, Ore. - Love him or loathe him, Hugh Hefner's path through American history includes numerous brushes with Oregon and Oregonians.
Hefner's former girlfriend and "Girls Next Door" co-star Holly Madison was born in Astoria and grew up in Oregon.
And at least two Playmates of the Year came from Oregon.
Jodi Ann Paterson won the honor in the year 2000. Paterson grew up in Springfield and attended Thurston High School.
And in 2007, Scappoose native and former Oregon State student Sara Jean Underwood was voted Playboy's Playmate of the Year.
In 2010, casting calls for the "Girls of the Pac-10" pictorial brought Playboy scouts to the University of Oregon and Oregon State.
Three years later, the "Girls of the Pac-12" included Oregon State student Kandy Jo, who talked about the experience with a reporter.