General University of Maine Publications

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Joe Zabriskie, editor

Jerry Kominsky, business manager

Harry Henderson, make-up


University of Maine

Publication Date

Fall 11-1-1950

Publisher location

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 returning 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 Fall 1950, issue features a pen-and-ink illustration by Bill Fogler, of a buxom cheerleader caught in mid-jump, her skirt is blowing up to reveal her panties while her disproportionately large breasts strain the confines of her sweater. In the background is a line of cheering fans football fans.

Publisher Statement

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


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