Garfield Thomas Watertunnel (newspaper)

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Garfield Thomas Watertunnel
Publisher State College Free Press
Language English
Headquarters State College, Pennsylvania
OCLC number 17692761

The Garfield Thomas Watertunnel was a counterculture underground newspaper based in University Park, Pennsylvania. It was named after a military research facility at the nearby Pennsylvania State University, named for a Penn State journalism graduate killed in World War II.[1] The first issue was sold January 27, 1969.[2]

History of publication[edit]

The first edition was offset printed by an Industrial Workers of the World printer in the basement of Canterbury House, an off-campus organisation not otherwise associated with the publication, and usually referred to by its unofficial name, The Shelter. It featured a front page nude photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. After the initial issue, sale of the paper on campus was banned by Charles Lewis, the Vice President for Student Affairs at Penn State. Future editions were sold off-campus in the town, notably by Nittany News. As with other underground newspapers of the era, an attempt was made to suppress publication by pressing charges for obscenity ( Commonwealth vs Youngberg, Farb & Shore), April 14, 1969 .


  1. ^ Bryan Farrell (5 September 2008). "PSU’s weapons research tests the limits". Voices of Central Pennsylvania. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Bezilla, Michael (1985). "Years of Crises: The 1960s". Penn State: An Illustrated History. University Park, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 0-271-00392-8. OCLC 12370758.