NATIONAL LAMPOON: 1964 HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK PARODY, by O'Rourke & Kenney - 1979 [4th Ed]

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National Lampoon: 1964 High School Yearbook Parody

by O'Rourke, P.J. & Kenney, Doug

New York, NY: National Lampoon Inc., 1979

Softback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • ISBN: 930368355
  • Illustrated cover features a photograph by Vince Aiosa.
  • Wraps show some edgewear and shelfwear. 
  • Corners are sharp but a little frayed.
  • Spine has black text with a white background.
  • Binding is strong and secure.
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.
  • Interior is gently age-toned, exhibits minimal signs of age and wear.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • AJ20191115

176 pages. 8 x 11 inches.

National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook Parody is an American humor book that was first published in 1973. It was a spin-off from National Lampoon magazine. The book was a parody of a high school yearbook from the early 1960s. It was edited by P. J. O'Rourke and Doug Kenney and art-directed by David Kaestle. Much of the writing was by P. J. O'Rourke and Doug Kenney. The "literary magazine" was written by Sean Kelly; the sports page was by Christopher Cerf; and the Principal's Letter and the "In Memorium" piece were both by Ed Subitzky. The book, as it was originally published, appeared to be a genuine 1964 yearbook from "C. Estes Kefauver High School": the Kefauver Kaleidoscope. Senator Kefauver himself had only died the year before, in 1963. The school is located in "Dacron, Ohio" a reference to the city Akron, Ohio, and to inexpensive synthetic fabric Dacron.

The parody is closely based on the Toledo, Ohio's DeVilbiss High School yearbook, called the Pot 'o Gold. O'Rourke attended DHS for a couple of years in the early 1960s. The swim team photo caption contains the names of a number of O'Rourke's friends from DeVilbiss. Like many great parodies, the Lampoon yearbook is only a degree or two from the original.

The publication also included a copy of the school newspaper, a basketball program, a report card, a diploma, detention slips and a fake ID. According to apparent inscriptions, the book belonged to "Larry Kroger", class of '64. The character Larry Kroger went on to become the college freshman protagonist played by Tom Hulce of the comedy movie National Lampoon's Animal House, released in 1978. The character "Mandy Pepperidge" also makes her first appearance in the Yearbook and reappears in the film played by Mary Louise Weller.

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