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Harold Laufman, SB’32, MD’37, recalls magazine scandal

The University of Chicago Magazine features an essay by 97-year-old Harold Laufman, SB’32, MD’37. In 1932, Laufman was the art editor of the Phoenix, a monthly student magazine. The essay recalls a scandal in which his cover drawing of a bare-shouldered girl made a splash:

It was customary every month to submit a make-up copy of the magazine to Dean Brumbaugh, our faculty adviser, for approval before putting it on sale. This time Brumbaugh shouted, “You cannot sell or circulate this issue!” When editor Orin Tovrov, PhB’32, asked why not, the dean, still shouting, replied, “I will not allow a nude picture of a female student on the cover of our publication. Period.”

To learn about their creative solution for obscuring the picture, and the equally creative solutions readers found for getting around it, read the full essay at The University of Chicago Magazine.

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