How far is too far when it comes to parody? Young Joe Jacobucci found out in 1934 when he edited a parody issue of The Branding Iron, the University of Wyoming’s student newspaper.
Parody issues were nothing new. It was an annual Branding Iron tradition.
But Jacobucci’s version titled the “Ironing Board” triggered his suspension from school and the destruction of the print run.
So what happened? The front-page layout portrayed the UW President, the Dean of Men, and the President’s private Secretary as “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost of Wyoming’s Holy Trinity.” This was apparently more than the administration could take.
But Jacobucci’s suspension was not totally unexpected. A Wyoming newspaper explained that the suspension continued a campus tradition of uncertain tenures for Branding Iron editors.
Jacobucci was researching the history of Wyoming journalism upon his untimely death in 1939. His research is available at UW’s American Heritage Center.