Early Village Voicers Reminisce at New York Forum

february 23, 2007  11:48 am
The focus of Saturday's panel was the Voice's impact on the theater, as drama critic Jerry Talmer, co-founder Edwin Fancher and cartoonist Jules Feiffer "trigger[ed] each other's memories about the early days of America's first alt-weekly," according to the Villager, a Greenwich Village community newspaper. The discussion ranged from the paper's creation of the Obie Awards -- Off-Broadway's highest honor -- to the merits of today's Voice to the role of World War II in the paper's origins. "There was the feeling in all of us that we have survived this ordeal, and they can't do anything to us," said Fancher, who, like co-founders Norman Mailer and Dan Wolf, served in the war. "We can have an open newspaper, and no one will shoot us."