New Orleans: Ungarbled Word, 1968-69. A significant, broken, run of the first underground paper published in New Orleans, which was founded in 1968 by counterculture personality, Discordianite, and future convicted pedophile, Roger Lovin. As Lovin recounted in a later issue, “Once upon a time there was a nobleman named Roger Lovin, who lived in the Kingdom of New Orleans. Into his life came David Roman and Jay Marlboro, the former an artist the latter a writer. These three started a rag called “Balls, The Ungarbled Word.” After three issues balls were cut off and henceforth the paper was known as “The Word.”
Issues featured a mix of counterculture fare and radical left politics, the former including coverage of New Orleans’ jazz scene - unique for an underground paper, and the latter including both original content and reprinted LNS articles; invective against the “square” Louisiana establishment; underground comix by David Roman; color-printed fold-out posters, and columns by Lovin, Discordian co-founder Greg Hill, D. L. Stone, George Wilson, and others; poetry; adverts; and sleazy classifieds. For a short time, Lovin and his fellow Discordianites - most prominently Kerry Thornley, anarchist and Discordian co-founder who served with Lee Harvey Oswald in the military - were at the center of DA Jim Garrison’s investigation, which attempted to connect them to Kennedy’s assassination, a fascinating saga relayed in Adam Gorightly’s book, The Prankster and the Conspiracy. Both Thornley and Lovin contribute articles in response to Garrison’s unfounded investigation. In early 1969, the paper’s bookkeeper absconded with the paper’s funds and Lovin brought in outsider investors to keep it afloat. They in turn attempted to replace Lovin as editor/publisher with Hank Stine (later Jean Marie Stine), a future trans writer who’d begun editing “The Word.” Lovin, Stine, and writer Alice Waters emptied the paper’s bank account and left New Orleans for Los Angeles. The paper continued for a few more months, but it doesn’t appear to have survived 1969.
Lovin became involved in the smut industry and wrote a disturbing pornographic novel - in light of his later convictions - called Eleven about an affair between a 300-pound man and an 11-year-old girl. In 1974, Little Brown published his opus, The Complete Motorcycle Nomad (1974), which became a classic in the field. At some point Lovin moved back to Louisiana and became a part-time writing instructor teaching a course called Writing for Kids. In 1979, he was arrested with with thousands of photographs of underage girls and accused of having sex with many of them. Unbelievably, his sentence was suspended by a corrupt judge who accepted a large donation from a Lovin supporter and he moved his activities to Belize where he could operate with impunity.
Issues included here: Vol. 1, Nos. 8 (Aug. 15-18, 1968), 9 (August 21, 1968), 10 (August 29, 1968), 12 (September 12, 1968), 14 (Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 1968), 16 (Oct. 10-16, 1968), 18 (Oct. 24-Nov. 6, 1968), 19 (Oct. 31-Nov. 6) [both 18 and 19 are listed as running through Nov. 6, 21 (Nov. 12, 1968), 22 (Nov. 21-27, 1968), 23 (Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 1968), 24 (Dec. 5-11, 1968), 26 (Dec. 19-25, 1968), 27 (Dec. 26-Jan. 1); Vol. 2, Nos. 1 (Jan. 2-8, 1969), 2 (Jan. 9-15, 1969), 3 (Jan. 16-22, 1969), 5 (Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 1969), 6 (Feb. 6-12, 1969),  (Feb.13-20, 1969), 8 (Feb. 20-26, 1969), 9 (Feb. 27-March 5, 1969), 10 (Mar. 6-12, 1969), 11 (Jan. 2-8, 1969 [error]), 12 (March 21-28, 1969), 13 (March 27-Apr. 3, 1969), 15 (April 10-17, 1969).
Most issues standard tabloid size with a few early issues in an oversize (16” x 22 ½”) format, printed on newsprint, most issues in color; 8-20 p., illus. Issues have been stored flat for some time and range from Good to Near Fine, with most VG. Some chipping, soiling, wear along spines, one issue has detached covers. Issues are surprisingly uncommon in commerce with no issues currently for sale. Item #08198