Despite its better judgment, the funding source agreed to a bit of the old filth in support of some of the new filth. Having seen only the first and second numbers, it may be reasonable to assume they did not know what they were signing on for. Nevertheless, they agreed.
Certain sophisticated design standards were applied to this number, making it appear more like a serious publication, and less like a mimeographed flier from a very small chapter of the John Birch Society. Again, it’s best not to dwell too long on the actual content. Except for the cartoon, which rewards sustained contemplation like nobody’s business.
After being taken public, the Harpoon attracted wise assistance from people the founders tended not to listen to very much. A good way to get listened to was to be obnoxious and loud, take charge-y, and good at something.
This number is a mock-up of a more refined style, created to impress upon a board of funders the notion that it would be a good idea to stake the endeavor. Its content is possibly the most even of all the numbers, and it has the good sense to be 25% less filling than the standard issue. It’s quite rare, so feel good about seeing it.
Honestly, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I mean, sure, it was August, group housing was involved, a touch of Tom Sawyer, a healthy dollop of heat exhaustion, and probably some dehydration. But when the idea presented itself, it seemed natural. One download from… probably Compuserve… using a 26k modem, and the Harpoon was in business. Yes, that, and most importantly a vase of flowers for a friendly receptionist in the university print shop.
There was some writing involved, but it’s probably best to not dwell on that.