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Title Publishers Union. Hoboken Lampoon. Published by Hoboken Lampoon, Hoboken, 1979.
Object Name Magazine
Catalog Number 2010.007.0100
Collection Hoboken Library & Literary Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Publishers Union. Hoboken Lampoon. Published by Hoboken Lampoon, 84 Washington St., Hoboken, copyright 1979. Softcover, 8-7/8" x 11" high, 52 pp. including covers; illustrated.

A parody of the trade publication "Publishers Weekly" as might have been done by a popular humor magazine of that era, "National Lampoon", thus the name, Hoboken Lampoon. While the contents are mostly devoted to satirizing the book publishing and bookstore industries, a seven-page section (pp 27-33 imaged) is a satire directly about Hoboken, "Beautiful Hoboken, Land of Our Dreams", as "A PU Book Condensation Bonus!" It is illustrated with 53 photographs and some text. It can be considered as useful documentation of that era.

See notes for text from page 5 with the publisher's statement and credits. This text includes their disclaimer of any connection to the National Lampoon, but "is a direct parody of the Harvard Lampoon." [cataloger's note: none of the contents should be taken at face value.]

The "magazine" does carry a cover price of $3.95 which if actual may have been appropriate for a book, but not a magazine in that time period. The ISBN (0-931580-11) which is for a book and thus not a serial; it has not been found listed.
Notes Text from bottom of page 5:

PUBLISHERS UNION was written and conceived by Peter McWIIIIams (with the help of two buyers for a major book chain who seem to think more of their jobs than of their Immortality) and published by Hoboken Lampoon, 84 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, 07030. All material copyright © 1979 Hoboken Lampoon. The Art staff Includes: Art Director, Marian Morgan; Illustration, Beth Levey, David Smeaton; Production, Kathy Pieper, Debbie Broutman. Hangers on: Debra Hanson, Terry Bish and Suzanne Beaulieau.

The Hoboken Lampoon is in no way connected with the National Lampoon. It is, In fact, a direct parody of the Harvard Lampoon, juxtaposing In an alliterative sense "Harvard" (class, education) with "Hoboken" (low life, Clam Broth House). There is no one at the Hoboken Lampoon who has or has had anything to do with the National Lampoon, and vice versa. In fact, no one around here has read the National Lampoon for years. Oh, sure, some of us glanced over the Sunday Newspaper Parody, and one of us has a Diners Club Card, and we do occasionally watch Saturday Night Live (the incestuous relationship between The National Lampoon and Saturday Night Live Is well documented and will be explored at great depth in an expose in Esquire later this year) but we have yet to see Animal House (hell, we only saw Saturday Night Fever two weeks ago) and we certainly don't own any National Lampoon T-shirts or Tote bags although one of us did see Gilda Radner buying Cracker jacks at a delicatessen at 2 o'clock In the morning once.

This magazine is not printed on recycled paper. Thousands of trees were destroyed to print this; whole forests, in fact. The land on which the forests stood was not replanted but left to waste. The various species of animal life that once Inhabited these forests, Including several great grandchildren of Bambi, have all died from lack of food, falling trees or exposure. Mud slides and floods are expected with the spring rains and because a major watershed area has been eliminated. Parts of Eugene, Oregon will be without water this summer. The danger of forest fire, however, has been permanently arrested. This magazine was brought in several thousand dollars under budget, although this permanently places us on John Denver's "not nice persons" list.
Date 1979-1979
Year Range from 1979
Year Range to 1979
Search Terms Hoboken Lampoon
84 Washington St.
Clam Broth House
Caption pg [1] front cover
Imagefile 075\20100070100.TIF
Classification Art