March 9, 2008
"I could rip this shirt off, crumple it up, and toss it in the corner"
This unused postcard is from 2010. It is part of a set, 'Greetings from the Onion: 100 postcards.
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How did the Onion get it's name?? . . .
Reportedly, it was co-founder Chris Johnson's uncle—Nells Johnson—who came up with the idea to name the paper 'The Onion'. "People always ask questions about where the name The Onion came from", said former President Sean Mills in an interview, and when I recently asked (co-founder) Tim Keck, he told me... that his uncle said he should call it The Onion when he saw him and Chris Johnson eating an onion sandwich. They had just cut up the onion and put it on bread. According to former editorial manager, Chet Clem, their food budget was so low when they started the paper that they were down to white bread and onions. This account was recently disputed by an editor of The Onion, Cole Bolton. Bolton called Mills's account "the dumbest explanation" and asserted that it is likely wrong. According to Bolton, the most plausible explanation is that The Onion was mocking a campus newsletter called The Union.