Stanford Chaparral
The first Chappie (October 5, 1899)
CategoriesHumor magazine
FounderBristow Adams
Year founded1899, Stanford University
First issueOctober 5, 1899
Based inStanford, California
A Chappie from 1947
A Chappie from 1947

The Stanford Chaparral (also known as the Chappie) is a humor magazine published by students of Stanford University since 1899.


The Stanford Chaparral was established in 1899 by Bristow Adams. Published for more than 112 years, the Chappie is the third oldest continually published humor magazine in the world after Nebelspalter (1875–present) and the Harvard Lampoon (1876–present). The magazine's most recent brush with the national media was its feature in The New Yorker[1] by Evan Ratliff.


The Chappie is published six times during the academic year, or twice per quarter. There are a number of traditional issues, such as the Freshman Number published at the beginning of the school year, and the Big Game Number published on the week of the longstanding football matchup between Stanford and The University of California, Berkeley. In the early Spring, the Chaparral traditionally publishes an annual satire of The Stanford Daily, popularly termed the "Fake Daily."[2][3]

During the annual elections for student government, two of the magazine's writers traditionally run for president and vice-president of the student body.[4][5] Despite running as a joke, candidates have won the executive race in the past.[6]

Chaparral alumni

In addition to Adams, the magazine has a number of prominent alumni, including cartoonist Chris Onstad, creator of the webcomic Achewood, The Simpsons Executive Producer Josh Weinstein, National Medal of Science recipient Bradley Efron, Louis Padulo, President of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, novelist Trey Ellis, author and attorney Daniel Olivas, Bruce Handy, Editor of Vanity Fair and Spy Magazine, Goodwin Knight, Governor of the State of California, comedian Doodles Weaver, legendary Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, Disney writer/director/producer James Algar, actor Frank Cady (Sam Drucker on Green Acres) and nerdcore rapper MC Lars (Andrew Nielsen).

Old Boys

The magazine's editor-in-chief is termed the "Old Boy," a tradition reaching back to the earliest Chappie numbers. The Old Boys in recent years are as follows:


The Chaparral is nationally distributed.

See also


  1. ^ Ratliff, Evan (19 Apr 2004). "A Campus Postcard: Pile of Paper". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 25 Jan 2019.
  2. ^ "ESPN NFC North Blog: Andrew Luck joke not funny for Panthers". 8 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Today in hoax headlines: Andrew Luck is going pro". 8 March 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Exec candidates spar as vote nears". 7 April 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  5. ^ "ASSU Executive Debate or Chappie Comedy Show?". 7 April 2010. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  6. ^ "The campaign: Stranger times in ASSU history". 9 April 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012.