While reality tv might have ruined his aura a bit in the later years, the man created an empire almost from scratch and created one of the most wellknown brands in the world.
He has influenced the way we look at sexuality and yes, despite what others might tell you..many of us DID read it for the articles, interviews and fiction. Great stuff. Breaking barriers in many fields.
R.I.P. Hugh and thanks for the mamma--nay memories.