The Log Online
In the "old days" there was actually a humor magazine actively published
at the Boat School. The Log is, alas, defunct, a victim
of political correctness; it's almost impossible to be funny without offending
someone these days, and the current crop of Mids haven't been able
to break the code on how to do it. An unofficial
online version exists, but it has not been updated since February of 2001...
We hope to feature some of the best of the Log from years gone by
here at Homeport. If you have a favorite Log article
or feature that you would like to see online, drop us a
line and we'll see what we can do.
We are working on putting up a later Log Playboy parody, and we
are looking for the "Logski" (published in fall 1977 or spring 1978) to
put up this hilarious Soviet version. By the way, if you're not an alumn,
a great deal of the humor in the Log will unfortunately go right
by you. Sorry 'bout that.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR MIDS
||The 18 April 1969 Log is one of those things that just could never
be done except at that exact moment in time. The editors of the
Log decided that the other popular magazine on campus (there
was some question as to which was really more popular) was such a
success that maybe they should emulate it. That magazine was (no small surprise
here): Playboy. This entire Log issue was modeled after
Playboy in a remarkably professional manner. As we have time to get
more of this gem into electronic format, we will post it here; what we have
right now is:
- The Cover! Featuring Covergirl Marja
LaPorte (Who now has a son who is an alum!)
- Late Lights (A take-off on "After
Dark" taking the place of Salty Sam for just this issue...)
Remember? (A nostalgic look at the way things
"used to be...")
Certainly more will come; check back now and then!
The 1964 Ice Capades' Petty Girl
The 1964 Ice Capades featured a "Salute to
Annapolis" centerpiece production number with the chorus line
(christened "the Annapolettes" for this number, if I recall correctly)
done up in psuedo-midshipmen costumes. What
really set this program apart, though, was the
remarkable cover illustration by noted pin-up artist George Petty.
In the days before he was superseded by Alberto Vargas, "The Petty Girl"
was one of the most eagerly awaited features of Esquire Magazine.
While many earlier illustrators (notably Chandler and Christie)
had featured young women in Midshipman garb, this is (as far as I
know) the only illustration like this dating from this later era. If
you click on the thumbnail at right, you can see a full-size version of
Editor's Note: The existance of this particular piece of
illustration is a historical fact; it in no way reflects on today's women
midshipmen, as there was no such thing in those days, nor was the idea even