Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
Happy 40th, San Diego Reader: whither Rodney Wanker?
So the Reader is 40 today, and to celebrate, they've put their first issue online. As the promo notes, "Among the early writers for the paper were Kathleen Woodward (ex-wife of Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward); Jonathan Saville, literature professor at UCSD; Eleanor Widmer, who taught at UCSD and San Diego State; Jeff Weinstein, who went on to review restaurants at the Village Voice; Connie Bruck, who later wrote for the New Yorker; and Duncan Shepherd, a graduate student in visual arts at UCSD." A pretty fine stable! But it's the other bylines that really shine: a cover story by Paradise Lost author John Milton! And a story on dance classes by Rodney Wanker! Rodney Wanker! This guy, or fantastic phallic pen name?
Gems from the classifieds page:
Rides! You could advertise for a ride!
You could hire a painter to work for canned food!
You could indulge your Nazi obsession in semi-privacy!
People were trying to get marijuana legalized, just like today!
People were utilizing new forms of communication to avoid awkward personal encounters, just like today!
And finally, a brief glimpse of horrible sadness:
Happy birthday, Reader!
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