Celebrate With Us the 50th Anniversary of the Very First OB Rag this Week

by on September 14, 2020 · 5 comments

in History, Media, Ocean Beach

First page of the first OB Rag, published Sept. 17, 1970

Fifty years ago this week, the very first OB Rag was published and hit the mean streets of Ocean Beach. Called “The OB People’s Rag”, the first issue was four pages stapled together and distributed at OB’s main stores at the time, Safeway and Mayfair, on choice OB street corners and in front of Point Loma High School.

So, all this week, we’ll be publishing memories, background, the behind-the-scenes stories and actual articles of the gritty “underground” rag that became the main community newspaper for Ocean Beach for nearly five years. Art Kunkin, the editor and publisher of the grandparent of all underground newspapers, the LA Free Press or “LA Freep”, once called the OB Rag the best alternative, community newspaper in the country.

Online Party Thursday Night, Sept. 17

Then on Thursday night, September 17, from 7 to 8 pm, we’ll be hosting a live, online party at both the OB Rag facebook and here, on the website. No zoom or anything like that for us. Just drop by, BYOB / BYOD, and give us some good vibes. Say hello, make comments, post photos, share memories and observations.

Here’s the first page again, a larger size. Come back later and see the entire first issue posted here.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Cairns September 14, 2020 at 9:01 pm

“Blue Sky”–love it.


Peter from South O September 16, 2020 at 3:51 pm

Referring to the LA Free Press as the grandparent of all underground newspapers is inaccurate and very West-coast centric.The first issue of the Freep hit the streets in ’64, whereas the REAL grandpappy, the Village Voice was first published and distributed in NYC in 1955.


Frank Gormlie September 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm

Yeek! Yes, I referred to the Freep as the “grandparent” you sexist dog! Okay, okay. The West Coast grandparent.


Peter from South O September 16, 2020 at 9:10 pm

In ’55 the sexist dog was fashionable. I know. I was there.


Alice Rogow September 17, 2020 at 7:49 pm

Glad you posted the very first issue – didn’t get here till 4 years later. I am glad to catch up from the beginning. Thanks Frank and Patty for keeping it going!!!!!!


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