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Local lawyer remembers friendship with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

"It's a chapter in my life, it was a very, you know interesting and fun chapter that you're never going to get in San Antonio, Texas," Rebecca Gonzalez said.{ }

As the final memorial is planned for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, a local lawyer looks back on her friendship with him.

"It's a chapter in my life, it was a very, you know interesting and fun chapter that you're never going to get in San Antonio, Texas," Rebecca Gonzalez said.

In 2000, Rebecca was chosen to be in the Latin ladies issue of Playboy. A world far from the well known San Antonio political family she was raised in. She said being featured was a big deal mostly because she was from a South Texas Hispanic family and posing for Playboy wasn't seen as appropriate. Rebecca's grandfather was Texas' first Mexican-America congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, something Hefner didn't know at the time he picked her.

"Well when I met him, he had no idea who I was. He just liked me," she said.

Rebecca said she was the oldest playmate ever to be chosen.

"I was 35 and a half and, you know, I was already a lawyer. I had already worked for Pfizer, I had a ton of life experience and so did he. And we would talk about business, politics, everything, the time, the ages of you know, things that had happened in history and it was a different relationship, which quite frankly made his girlfriends not very comfortable because I was different and he would acknowledge it," she said.

Gonzalez says he pushed her to strive for everything she wanted in business and in life.

Today, Gonzalez is a successful attorney here in San Antonio, but she isn't done striving for what she's always dreamed of doing -- part of the life lesson Hefner taught her.

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