Tuesday's Child (newspaper)

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Tuesday's Child was a short-lived counterculture underground newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, USA, starting on November 11, 1969. Self-described on its masthead as "An ecumenical, educational newspaper for the Los Angeles occult & underground," it was founded by Los Angeles Free Press reporter Jerry Applebaum and a group of Freep staffers, including Alex Apostolides, who left en masse after disagreements with Art Kunkin to found their own paper.[1][2] It was published weekly (later biweekly) from an office in Hollywood in a tabloid format, selling for 25 cents. Never achieving the success or circulation of its crosstown rival, the Free Press, it quickly attained a degree of notoriety in and out of the underground with its coverage of the Charles Manson case. One issue featured an image of a crucifed Charles Manson on the cover, and another issue had a photograph of Manson on the cover proclaiming him "Man of the Year."[3][4][5]

Along with the usual underground paper staples of drugs, rock'n'roll and New Left radical politics, Tuesday's Child devoted a good deal of space to the occult, with a number of issues printing arcane and obscure material by the occultist Aleister Crowley.[6] The paper ceased publication in mid-1970, and Jerry Applebaum went north and joined the Berkeley Tribe until it closed in 1972.

Several scenes in Puppies, the underground journalist Chester Anderson's journal/memoir of sexual excess in the 1960s, were set in the offices of Tuesday's Child, where he slept in a back room while putting out the paper and cruising the nearby Sunset Strip.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John McMillian, Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America (Oxford University Press, 2011), p. 234.
  2. ^ Laurence Leamer, The Paper Revolutionaries (Simon & Schuster, 1972), p. 56.
  3. ^ Charles Manson, Manson in His Own Words (Grove Press, 1994), p. 26. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry, Helter Skelter (W.W. Norton, 2001), p. 297. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  5. ^ Uncovering the Sixties by Abe Peck (Pantheon, 1985), p. 227.
  6. ^ Letter from Grady McMurtry to Gerald Yorke dated March 8, 1970. Thelema Lodge Calendar, August 1994.