Okay, okay. I can't take it anymore. Here is the real story on the Penumbra Summer Extra.
Bill Goodwin and Gordon Bean had nothing to do with the Penumbra Summer Extra.
Bill's statement on this Forum is essentially correct although several other people - in addition to Gabe Fajuri - played a large part in its making. Mind you, what I posted in the Forum was also essentially correct.
I program the schedule for 31 Faces North. We always start the first full day of the conference with a presentation of an historical subject and then follow it with "The Penumbra Boys - Past Present and Future" in which Bill and Gordon present items from past, present and future issues. Well, I programmed Gabe Fajuri to speak first and assigned him the topic of "Hoax Magazines". He gave his presentation and then Bill and Gordon (along with Harrison Kaplan) followed with material from Penumbra. At the end of their presentation, Gabe interjected and said, "Oh, I forgot, there was one other hoax magazine - The Penumbra Summer Extra." We immediately distributed the fake Penumbra to those attending the conference.
The table was then turned on Allan Slaight - my co-host of 31 Faces North. The idea for the fake Penumbra was to assemble great material - at least in my opinion - and then slowly build up the satirical content near the end of the issue. Allan Slaight, for example, who confesses at great length in the issue that he was, in fact, Stewart James, had no idea that he had 'contributed' something to the magazine. Thus, the magazine was a double surprise for both Gordon and Bill, and Allan Slaight.
I shot the photo of the cover, all the interior shots and solicited contributions from a few close friends. Gabe Fajuri did the lay out.
To cause great meriment - at least in our eyes - I tracked down the addresses of several Penumbra subscribers and sent them the issue - complete in a Penumbra-style, Bill Goodwin return mailing address envelope - and timed it so that the issues would arrive to subscribers while Gordon and Bill were at our conference. I basically went on the Genii Forum, found out who had posted comments about Penumbra and tried to covertly discover their mailing addresses. I sent the issue to those I could track down via the Forum. There weren't a lot but enough to put a little pressure on Gordon and Bill.
So, the only people to receive the issue were the attendees at 31 Faces North, a few close friends and a dozen or so subscribers to Penumbra. I gave each of the contributors a few extra copies they could keep or distribute to their own friends but that's it.
We continued the charade on this Forum after Bill Goodwin tendered his explanation because he is such a sweet guy that we thought it would be fun to yank his chain a little further.
So, Penumbra subscribers, you can lay off sending threatening emails to Gordon and Bill. Do not cancel your subscription to their fine rag. And finally, I apologize for printing so few copies. It seemed like a good idea at the time.