The schoolyear's historical narrative is in the gray sidebar at right.
|August 29, 1995|
This was the season premiere issue of my freshman year in high school. It was also the first "weekly" edition of the revamped LRT -- though, as you'll see, I wouldn't exactly stick to that schedule religiously.
The front page declares the beginning of the Class of 1999's "high school journey," but much of the inside content looks back at the end of eighth grade at Martin Kellogg, with dance and graduation photos filling pages 5-10.
Meanwhile, an article on Page 2 asks the age-old question, "But, what does 'All the Nose that's fit to print' mean?" (Answer: "the truth is, it doesn't really mean anything.")
|September 1, 1995|
The "weekly" character of the new Living Room Times lasted exactly four days. This was the first "Extra" edition, reporting on a car accident involving teacher Ned Turner (a.k.a. "El Taco"). I would end up publishing about as many "Extra" editions as regular "weekly" editions during the year.
|October 5, 1995|
The headline announcing O.J. Simpson's acquittal, "THE JUICE IS LOOSE," was perhaps not my finest hour journalistically -- but hey, it was catchy. Heh.
The article about NHS reaction starts on Page 4. It includes the memorably ditzy reaction of Lisa Williams: "I can't believe it! He's so guilty!" Lisa had somehow made it from sixth to seventh period without hearing the verdict, even as people were basically shouting it in the hallways.
Also, don't miss the photo on Page 8 of Dan Rather, clinging to a pole in Panama City as Hurricane Opal hit.
|March 7, 1996|
I created this 3/7/96 issue of the LRT ahead of time, in the event of a Newington victory over Norwich Free Academy in the state girls basketball semifinals. My plan was to bust out the newspaper after the game, just like local newspapers routinely do with "Extra" editions when local sports teams play in championships.
Unfortunately, the Indians lost the game, so this issue never saw the light of day. It is an unofficial, "unpublished" issue.
|June 7, 1996|
One of the more memorable LRTs, covering "El Dia del Fuego" -- 6/6/96 -- the day when NHS was evacuated twice due to two separate, unrelated fires.
Unfortunately, I only have an electronic copy of Page 1 of this issue, and scanned printouts of Pages 3 and 4. I've been unable to locate any version of Page 2.
|June 21, 1996|
This is the partial, potential front page of an issue that was never actually published.
Shortly after announcing in May that I might stop publishing at the end of the year, I started designing this June 21 "final edition," to run on the last day of school. As you can see, I didn't get very far beyond designing the masthead fonts (one word for each masthead design that had been used up till that point) and importing pictures.
I changed my mind, decided not to retire the LRT after all, and this potential issue was never finished or published.