It seems a bit ironic that the first issue of the Independent Register rolled of the presses the day following the 36th anniversary of The Beatles’ classic album
It wasn’t planned.
In fact, it was only just realized, 9 years later.
The three co-publishers often jokingly referred to themselves as a boy band, although Eric and William are barely marginal guitarists and Corey couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it.
The trio also saw their similarities to the Fab Four: Corey and Will an equal mixture of John and Paul (with a few George attributes for Toler) and Eric was likened to George. As for Ringo…eh.
It, then, seems only fitting that the iconic cover photo was mimicked not once…but twice. During a photo shoot by Heather K. Millis and Deanna Barbour earlier this year, they recreated Shabby Road (originally taken in 2009 by “the fifth Beatle” Evan Brinkley) and attempted the cover of Rubber Soul. Both sans Ringo.
They never had a Ringo.
The first issue of the short-live, fledgling newspaper was the result of a grueling weekend of coverage, photos, writing and page designing.
From flooding to football to “Motorcylces and Money.”
There was very little sleep to be had in the small brick home referred to as Fort Insanity.
Despite having a few embedding problems at the Carteret News-Times press, they were pleased with the result. It was a dream come true.