Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern

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Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern
Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern logo.svg
Type Humor magazine
Format Quarterly magazine
Owner(s) Dartmouth College
Founded 1908
Headquarters Hanover, New Hampshire
Website dartmouth.edu/~jacko

The Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern (also known as the Jacko)[1] is a college humor magazine, founded at Dartmouth College in 1908.


One of the magazine's oldest traditions is "Stockman's Dogs". In the October 1934 issue, F.C. Stockman (class of 1935) drew a single-panel cartoon of two dogs talking to each other. That same cartoon has appeared in virtually every issue published since, always with a different caption.[2]

The magazine is alluded to in the opening lines of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "The Lost Decade", which was first published in Esquire in 1939.[3]

Jack-O-Lantern writers Nic Duquette and Chris Plehal invented the unofficial Dartmouth mascot Keggy the Keg in the fall of 2003.[4] A 2006 video prank by the Jack-O-Lantern on a Dartmouth College tour group entitled "Drinkin' Time" was featured in an article by the Chronicle of Higher Education,[5] posted by AOL on the Online Video Blog,[6] and was mentioned by The Volokh Conspiracy.[7] As of November 2013, the video has garnered over 585,000 views on YouTube.[8]


The Jacko publishes print issues approximately four times a year, as well as regularly updated online content and occasional video productions. The magazine devotes one publication cycle each year to a parody of the campus newspaper, The Dartmouth.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

Some notable writers, artists, comedians and politicians began their careers at the Jacko, including:[9]

  • Norman MacLean, whose novel A River Runs Through It, awarded a Pulitzer Prize, was made into the Robert Redford film of the same name.
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Geisel began signing his work with his middle name so that he could continue to work on the Jack-O-Lantern after he was banned from participating in college activities for having violated Prohibition.[10]
  • Budd Schulberg, subsequently known for his 1941 novel, What Makes Sammy Run, his 1947 novel The Harder They Fall, his 1954 Academy-award-winning screenplay for On the Waterfront, and his 1957 screenplay A Face in the Crowd.
  • A. J. Liebling, author of The Sweet Science, Between Meals, The Earl of Louisiana, and other classics of "New Yorker journalism."
  • Bruce Ducker, author and poet, whose novels include Lead Us not into Penn Station, Mooney in Flight, and Home Pool.
  • John S. Monagan, remembered, in addition to his service in the U.S. House of Representatives, for his biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.[11]
  • Buck Henry, founder and frequent host on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
  • Chris Miller, who based his short stories in National Lampoon on his undergraduate experiences at Dartmouth, and subsequently turned them into the movie Animal House.
  • Stephen Geller, awarded a Cannes Film Festive prize for his screenplay for the film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
  • William C. Dowling, editor of Jack-O-Lantern during the period when its cartoon staff included Kirk Ditzler, James Fosso, and Robert Reich. Dowling subsequently wrote about his Jack-O-Lantern days in his memoir Confessions of a Spoilsport [1].
  • Peter Golenbock, sportswriter, author of Personal Fouls, The Bronx Zoo, and numerous other best-selling works on college and professional sports
  • Robert Reich, whose Locked in the Cabinet, a memoir of his time as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, has been described as a classic of political humor.
  • William Hjortsberg, known as "Gatz", author of fiction and biography.
  • Mindy Kaling, writer and actress for The Office, on which she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor.
  • Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directing duo behind the films 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie.


  1. ^ a b "About This Site". Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  2. ^ "85th Anniversary Issue" (PDF). Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. Fall 1995. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, F. Scott (December 1939). "The Lost Decade". Esquire. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  4. ^ Orbuch, Steve (2003-11-04). "Jacko mascot 'Keggy' wins many Dartmouth fans". The Dartmouth. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  5. ^ Bartlett, Thomas (2007-04-06). "Culture Watch: The College Prank as Viral Video". Archived from the original on 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  6. ^ Tonka D. (2007-02-22). "AOL Video Log". AOL. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  7. ^ Kerr, Orin (2007-02-03). "'It's Drinkin' Time!'". The Volokh Conspiracy. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  8. ^ DartmouthJacko. "Drinkin' Time". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  9. ^ "About Us: History". Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  10. ^ Geisel, Theodor Seuss (2005). "Dr. Seuss Biography". In Taylor, Constance. Theodor Seuss Geisel The Early Works of Dr. Seuss 1. 228 Byers Road, Suite 201, Miamisburg, OH 45342: Checker Book Publishing Group. p. 6. ISBN 1-933160-01-2. 
  11. ^ Estrada, Louie (2005-10-25). "Conn. Congressman John Monagan Dies". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 

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