The Sangamon Star
In December of 2005 I launched a humor newspaper called The Sangamon Star in Sangamon County, Illinois. It ran off and on through 2009.
The paper was well received and had a circulation of 10,000 in a market where the alternative weekly (Village Voice clone) had 25,000 and the daily had 50,000.
The Sangamon Star is archived in the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Library in Springfield, Illinois.
I was editor, publisher, main writer, main photographer, paperboy, rack builder, ad salesman, and whatever else was required. I had a few excellent regular contributors and more than a few irregular contributors.
I used different phony by-lines in my articles, and so did most contributors, so you can't always tell which articles I wrote and which were written by contributors. The cartoonists used their real names, I think.
A popular feature of the Star was its many phony ads mixed in with the real ads. People actually read the ads in the Star because they didn't want to miss any of the gag ads. I wish I could have patented this gimmick. It helped ad sales immensely.
I've been accused of imitating the Onion. That's ridiculous. I got the idea for a funny newspaper from the same place the Onion did, Mad Magazine. My phony columnists were probably influenced by the radio characters of Phil Hendrie. I only steal from the best.
The Sangamon Star archive: