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Hugh Hefner Chicago Field Trip

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Hef and Crystal Harris in front of the former Playboy Mansion, 1340 N. State.

I HEARD many interesting things during Hugh Hefner's Friday afternoon bus tour of his hometown Chicago haunts.
But the best item might have been when Hef's girl friend Crystal Harris suggested he wear the plaid scarf that was a gift to Hef from her mother and stepfather.
What do you get the man who has everything?
And doesn't like clothes?

"It was a guess," answered Harris, 24. "I got him the iPad and I didn't know if he would like it. He uses it every day."
Harris grew up in San Diego, Ca. Her mother is a real estate broker, her stepfather is a financial advisor.
They will be attending Hefner's annual Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.
Hefner and his entourage were in town for the premiere of the acclaimed Brigitte Berman documentary "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel." Even closer to Hefner's heart was the chance to show Harris and his sons Cooper and Marston (Hefner's middle name) his home town for the first time. Cooper is 19, Marston turns 21 on April 9, 2011--the same day Hefner turns 85........

Salt Cathedral in Colombia

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ZIPAQUIRA,' Colombia---
Since the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira' is billed as the biggest tour attraction in Colombia I wanted to make it a big experience.

I was offered a car to make the 90 minute backroads journey north of Bogota to see the Roman Catholic church built in the underground tunnels of a salt mine. The solitude of a car trip in an edgy foreign country wouldn't be fun. The "Tren de la Sabana" (Savannah Train) goes to Zipaquira, but it only runs on weekends. That would have been fun.

I opted for a small weekday bus that departed near a crowded Tranmilenio station in Bogota. I spent as much time buying $4.99 tee shirts and looking for an Exito umbrella at a big bright yellow Exito (success) super store near the bus station as I did riding the vintage bus.
Built in 1606, Zipaquira' (pop. 90,000) is one of the oldest cities in Colombia.....


Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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