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Rip Haskell, editor-in-chief

Ray Cudahy, managing editor

Judy Coffin, literary 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 student-produced periodical that began publication in the fall of 1946, the first post-World War II semester that saw GIs return to campus.

The Needle reflected an edginess and rebellion not found in previous UMaine student publications. While past student publications relied on euphemisms for alcohol and dating on campus, The Needle openly promoted the sexualization of co-eds and the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol by students who experienced war. Outrage expressed by older alumni resulted stricter oversight beginning in 1947.

Cover art for this issue is an unsigned pen-and-ink illustration of one of The Needle's editor dressed as Santa Claus atop the Steam Plant smoke stack. A pair of stylized female legs strike a pin-up pose as they poke out of the sack on Santa's back. Below, a silhouetted figure shines a flashlight upward, a beam of light highlighting the Santa figure.


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