An Evening with Michael Gross:

Michael Gross.Former NatLamp art director Michael Gross—the guy who gave the magazine its brilliant visual style and attitude—will be presenting a talk Wednesday May 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Hill Street Cafe / Fish Joint in Oceanside, California. Tickets are $75 per person (seating limited to 35 people). RSVP at 760-721-3411 or mikeginesc@cox.net. (Click on the picture to see the poster with all the details.)

NatLamp on The Simpsons

Just got a tip that tonight’s episode of The Simpsons will have a brief reference to National Lampoon in it. I don’t want to spoil the joke and say exactly what it is, but it’s in the scene where Lisa is looking through old comedy albums looking for a Cheech & Chong record.

Matty Simmons Book About Animal House in the Works

Founding publisher of National Lampoon, Matty Simmons, is working on a book called Animal House: The Book about the making of the movie. If you have any funny or interesting stories or incidents that happened to you during or after or because of the movie, Matty would like to hear from you. You can send your stories to: mattyahbook@aol.com

Forty-Year-Old Puzzle Solved!

Peter Bramley Puzzle Piece.The July 1970 (Bad Taste) issue included a cartoon by Peter Bramley that was purportedly “too vulgar to be run as originally intended.” To render it harmless, the cartoon was presented as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Now, over forty years later, Cartoon Carol (of Pox Girls in Australia) has assembled the puzzle, using the latest computer imaging techniques to avoid damaging the precious copy of the magazine in which it appeared. To view the completed puzzle, click (if you dare) on the puzzle piece displayed here. Glad that’s finally cleared up.

National Lampoon Event Reactions

I’m still working on my write up about last Saturday’s event. In the mean time, you can read Dennis Perrin’s take on it. (Dennis wrote the biography of Michael O’Donoghue, ” Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O’Donoghue, The Man Who Made Comedy Dangerous“.) Update: So, I never got round to posting my write up. It was really, really cool to be there, and probably the most amazing thing to happen with me as a result of doing this website, but I didn’t really know what to write. I may get around to it someday, but it’s like more than six years later now as I write this update. Do you really care? You do? Well… Maybe I’ll get to it. In the mean time, take a look at the next news item, which has a link to a video of the event. It’ll be almost like you were there…