Independent Eye

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The Independent Eye is an underground newspaper, founded in Yellow Springs, Ohio in February, 1968.[1] The first four monthly issues were mimeographed pamphlets, and in June 1968 it became a broadsheet.[2] HQ moved to Cincinnati in January 1969. First a monthly, later a biweekly, eventually a monthly (following an arson fire on Labor Day, 1970), it carried stories about the people and events of Cincinnati, Ohio and the surrounding area.

During the heyday of the "Eye", as its devotees called it, editorial duties were shared by Alex Varrone, Jennifer Varrone, Monty Sher and Ellen Sher. It featured cartoon art by Ted Richards, photographs of Melvin Grier (later on the staff of the Cincinnati Post) and articles by Paul Clark (later on the staff of the Cincinnati Enquirer), among others. The staff split and several members formed the Queen City Express, a newspaper that focused on younger readers.

Regular publication halted in 1974-1975. The Independent Eye began publication once again in 2005.


  1. ^ About this newspaper: Independent eye, Chronicling America, Library of Congress, retrieved August 30, 2010.
  2. ^ "The Alternative Press Used to Be Considered Dangerous" by Lew Moores. CityBeat, April 7, 2004. Retrieved August 30, 2010.