Today in NC State History: The Wataugan is rediscovered

July 20, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconIt’s safe to say that almost every Wolfpacker is familiar with campus publications like the Technician or the Agromeck. But for years one of the most prominent publications on campus went unnoticed.

That was until this day in 1983, when the Technician reported that The Wataugan had been rediscovered.

The magazine served as a men’s publication and was founded in the late 1920s. According to the Technician, the magazine was based on The American Mercury, founded by H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan and was a humorous response to the tough economic times of the ’20s.

“Parodies began with mock Esquires and mock Times and spread into tabloid lampoons of the National Inquirers of the day,” the Technician reported. “The Technician took regular, mean drubbings.”

The magazine apparently disappeared in the late 50’s. But even 30 years after that, when it was found again, the magazine was lauded for its humor.

“Under the guise of laughter, it is said, truth will out. The Wataugan barrels into the real crisis of campus life, the actual concerns of the people here,” the Technician claimed. “Much of the magazine continues to evoke the same responses despite distance of time and tastes. What could The Wataugan be if it did not have to keep its imagination reigned up? Even more priceless.”


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