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Sid Folsom, editor

Jim Barrows, managing editor

Jerry Kominsky, business manager


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 periodical that began publication in the fall of 1946, the first post-World War II semester that saw GI's return to campus.

Unlike past UMaine student publications, The Needle celebrated the sexualization of co-eds and the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol by students. Outrage expressed by older alumni resulted stricter oversight of the magazine beginning in 1947. By 1949, the first wave of World War II GI's were graduating and the restless, rebellious tone of The Needle began to shift as the threat of the Korean War loomed.

Cover art for the March 1950, "Spring Housecleaning Issue" is a pen-and-ink drawing by Wendell D. Joy depicting posters of a liquor bottle and a pin-up girl with a large black "x" painted over each Beside a spilled pail of paint, a student dressed in a smock is seen diving into a manhole guarded by a safety rail with a sign reading: Office.

Wendell D. Joy (1927-1996), was born in Westbrook, Maine, and was a military veteran serving in the Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Randolph, one of the 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during the war. and in the Army during the Korean War. He was employed by New England Telephone Company for 37 years and participated in the launch of the "urban mobile radio-telephone" in Bangor on July 7, 1955.

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The Pine Needle is published by students of the University of Maine.


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