Homeschool Alien Births Elvis Clone

Okay, it is not true, but it has been an ‘inside’ joke for years at HEM. I ran across the headline just yesterday while adding a number of older issues from 1996-1989 to our Back Issue Sale.

Reading through those issues is a glimpse at the history of our homeschooling community both politically, and in our community’s exploration of family, kids and learning. But here is the history of the headline.

Chuck Trapkus

Chuck Trapkus/93

It came from the January-February 1990 issue. We were working with illustrator Chuck Trapkus. This was still a time of mock-ups, separations and camera ready copy. Chuck had been struggling with the layout challenge of the word “homeschooling” in article titles. The cover mock-up for the issue arrived and, there it was, emblazoned in Chuck’s sketched font, “Homeschool Alien Births Elvis Clone.” It was then, and still is now a good reminder to not take ourselves too seriously.

Chuck’s self portrait ran in our Tenth Anniversary issue, November-December/93, and is the only illustration Chuck signed. (I promised this illustration to his children but have lost track of the contact.)

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2 Responses to Homeschool Alien Births Elvis Clone

  1. Laura on January 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Perhaps every ten years or so HEM should put out a sarcasm-only issue ala The Onion. It would be a keeper, that’s for sure.

    Besides, I never quite forgave my mother who saw a tabloid with the front page emblazoned with the headline (and scary “photo”) “Vegetarian Gives Birth to Giant Green Baby.” She didn’t buy it for me! I would have framed it for my baby’s room in a heartbeat.

  2. Elizabeth Russell on August 14, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I know both of his sons as I lived in community with Chuck. If the picture never found its way to them, I could put you in touch.

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