National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody
|Publisher||National Lampoon (magazine)|
|1978, reissued as a book in 2004|
|Pages||208 (when in book form)|
National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody is an American humor book, but used to mimic the form and content of American regional Sunday newspapers, while parodying them. It was printed in many different sections, some on the paper stock known as newsprint, and some on other cheap paper as would have been used in a real Sunday newspaper. The Newspaper Parody was first published in 1978, and was reissued in book form in 2004. The authors of the piece were P. J. O'Rourke and John Hughes.
The newspaper claims to be called the "Dacron, Ohio Republican–Democrat", a reference to the city Akron, Ohio, and to the cheap polyester fabric Dacron. The city is described as "The Motor Home Capital of the World". Many of the street and location names in the parody, however, reference Toledo, Ohio, O'Rourke's home town.
Use of the location "Dacron, Ohio" links the Newspaper Parody to the National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook Parody because "C. Estes Kefauver High School" was supposedly situated in the same city.
The (originally separate) sections within the apparent newspaper included: National News, Local News, More Local News, Sports Section, Entertainment, Television Listings, Travel, Real Estate, Gardening, Your Pet, Women's Pages, Classified Ads, a "Swillmart Discount Store" Advertising Supplement, a Parade magazine parody, a Sunday Week Local Magazine, and eight pages of comics.