During freshman year, my roommate had the Sunday New York Times delivered to our door in Thayer North. One Sunday in early March, I picked the paper up from in front of the door and was shocked to read that the Parthenon had collapsed because of an earthquake. Also, in large type, was the news that Castro had seized the US Naval Base at Guantanamo. There were several other interesting stories on the front page, but it wasn’t until I got to the bottom left corner and saw the headline “Walrus in Central Park Zoo Speaks” that I realized something was up. I might have suspected I had been had if I had looked at the dateline on the page – Thursday, March 7 – but who looks at the dateline first when reading the paper?
I had little knowledge of the works of those people in the Castle on Mount Auburn Street.
As a farm boy from Southeastern Ohio, I had little knowledge of the works of those people in the Castle on Mount Auburn Street. The Lampoon guys had printed a very authentic-looking New York Times front page and substituted that page in every paper they found in the Yard and in the Houses.
I’m not sure even today what members of our class were Poonies. Perhaps John Shutkin knows?