The Last Prom

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The Last Prom was a research [[zine]] published out of Los Angeles, California in the early 90's.
The Last Prom was a research [[zine]] published out of Los Angeles, California in the early 90's.
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There were 5 issues, with subject matter that included "A History of the Drivers' Education Film'", which was featured in [[Chip Rowe]]'s ''[[Book of Zines]]'' and was the impetus behind the underground film ''Hell's Highway''. Another issue, entitled ''Whispers From Space-Part 2'', about West Virginia UFO publisher Gray Barker, was also made into a feature film. Other issues were about Southern California TV preacher Dr. Gene Scott and UFO contactee George Van Tassel. A fifth and last issue was published in 1995 about Ouija Board inventor William Fuld's life and death, but few copies seem to exist.
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There were ostensibly five issues, with subject matter that included "A History of the Drivers' Education Film'", which was featured in [[Chip Rowe]]'s ''[[Book of Zines]]'' and was the impetus behind the underground film ''Hell's Highway''. Another issue, entitled ''Whispers From Space-Part 2'', about West Virginia UFO publisher Gray Barker, was also made into a feature film. Other issues were about Southern California TV preacher Dr. Gene Scott and UFO contactee George Van Tassel. A fifth and last issue was discovered at a defunct printing business in Glendale, California, in January 2010. It was printed/published in 1995 and is about Ouija Board inventor William Fuld's life and death. It is unknown if this issue received distribution as the copy found was in professional blue-line form only. No finished copies of the William Fuld issue of The Last Prom are known to exist.
The Last Prom has been included in zine collections at DePaul University, New York University, and University of California at Los Angeles.
The Last Prom has been included in zine collections at DePaul University, New York University, and University of California at Los Angeles.

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The Last Prom was a research zine published out of Los Angeles, California in the early 90's.

There were ostensibly five issues, with subject matter that included "A History of the Drivers' Education Film'", which was featured in Chip Rowe's Book of Zines and was the impetus behind the underground film Hell's Highway. Another issue, entitled Whispers From Space-Part 2, about West Virginia UFO publisher Gray Barker, was also made into a feature film. Other issues were about Southern California TV preacher Dr. Gene Scott and UFO contactee George Van Tassel. A fifth and last issue was discovered at a defunct printing business in Glendale, California, in January 2010. It was printed/published in 1995 and is about Ouija Board inventor William Fuld's life and death. It is unknown if this issue received distribution as the copy found was in professional blue-line form only. No finished copies of the William Fuld issue of The Last Prom are known to exist.

The Last Prom has been included in zine collections at DePaul University, New York University, and University of California at Los Angeles.

The writer-publisher, Ralph Coon, a reclusive figure in the zine community, is believed to be a pseudonym used by an unidentified writer for The Los Angeles Times.

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