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Dana T. Whitman, managing editor

William Horner, feature editor

Gordon Murphy, fiction editor


University of Maine

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Orono, Maine

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Both a humor and literary magazine, The Pine Needle was a University of Maine periodical that began publication in the fall of 1946, the first post-World War II semester that saw GIs returning to campus.

While past student publications at UMaine relied on euphemisms for alcohol and dating on campus, The Needle openly emphasized the sexualization of co-eds, as well as the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol by students who experienced the battlefield.

The December 1946 cover art by Donald T. Caswell (1923-2014). "The happy looking Joe on the cover is the talented witchery that habitually drips from the pen of Don Caswell, who is an artist of long standing and sitting. He also does the work on our profile jobs and sports portraits. Norman Rockwell, move over."

Caswell, a native of Limestone, Maine, grew up in Brownsville, and joined the U.S. Navy following high school graduation in 1942. He served as a radio operator aboard ships patrolling the Gulf of Alaska throughout the war. Caswell attended the University of Maine on the G.I. Bill, majoring in Art and History. On campus, he was active in the Officer Training Program and was stationed in Tripoli, North Africa as a U.S. Air Force officer during the Korean War. Caswell served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard.


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