The first Chappie (October 5, 1899)
|Year founded||1899, Stanford University|
|First issue||October 5, 1899|
|Based in||Palo Alto, California|
The Stanford Chaparral was established in 1899 by Bristow Adams. Published for more than 112 years, the Chappie is the second oldest continually published humor magazine in the world after Nebelspalter (1875–present). It is the oldest continually published humor magazine in the United States, as the Harvard Lampoon did not publish during World War I and World War II. The magazine's most recent brush with the national media was its feature in The New Yorker by Evan Ratliff.
The Chappie is published six times during the academic year, or twice per quarter. There are a number of traditional issues, such as the Freshman Number published at the beginning of the school year, and the Big Game Number published on the week of the longstanding football matchup between Stanford and The University of California, Berkeley. In the early Spring, the Chaparral traditionally publishes an annual satire of The Stanford Daily, popularly termed the "Fake Daily."
During the annual elections for student government, two of the magazine's writers traditionally run for president and vice-president of the student body. Despite running as a joke, candidates have won the executive race in the past.
In addition to Adams, the magazine has a number of prominent alumni, including cartoonist Chris Onstad, creator of the webcomic Achewood, The Simpsons Executive Producer Josh Weinstein, National Medal of Science recipient Bradley Efron, Louis Padulo, President of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, novelist Trey Ellis, author and attorney Daniel Olivas, Bruce Handy, Editor of Vanity Fair and Spy Magazine, Goodwin Knight, Governor of the State of California, comedian Doodles Weaver, legendary Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, Disney writer/director/producer James Algar, actor Frank Cady (Sam Drucker on Green Acres) and nerdcore rapper MC Lars (Andrew Nielsen).
The magazine's editor-in-chief is termed the "Old Boy," a tradition reaching back to the earliest Chappie numbers. The current Old Boys are Tristan Navarro and Scott Mutchnik.
The Chaparral is nationally distributed.
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