to provide inspiration with a tunnel closing, Pitt coaching change, or Iron City Beer purchase.
The "Souf Oaklin" part of the paper attempts to highlight the quirky
Pittsburgh neighborhood for its culture clash of former mill workers,
college students, and urban residents. It also attempts to parody
inner-city jargon and senseless neighborhood rivalries, hence "All The
News That Ain't Fit For No North Oakland!"
The name "Souf
Oaklin fo' Life" came from an idea of a former University of Pittsburgh
radio station DJ who had an idea for a T-shirt which said "South
Oakland For Life" on the front and then had the words "North Oakland" on
the back in a circle with a cross through it. The spelling "Souf
Oaklin" came from the former sidewalk cement writing ("Souf Oaklin Summa
Time") on the Charles Anderson Memorial Bridge (which connects South
Oakland to Schenley Park via the Boulevard of the Allies).
was first released in May 2000 on plain office copy paper. It was read
by friends of the writers and editors, and as far as its 30 copies could
reach. The paper remained in limited production until September 2001,
when the first newsprint issue was released.
edition enjoyed a cult-like status and popularity with college students
and professionals in Oakland and surrounding communities. As graduation
and the real world caught up with staff, the print edition faded from
existence in 2004.
Today, with the help of social media, Souf
Oaklin fo' Life!!! continues to thrive online - providing thought and
humor to both current and displaced Pitt alumni, Pittsburghers and other
admirers. A Facebook page and Twitter feed are updated daily with new
headlines (and sometimes photos) based on news and happenings at that
moment. And our website, www.soufoaklin.com, has made archived issues available to all.