Jeff Nightbyrd (formerly Jeffrey Dugardyn and Jeffery Shero) moved to Austin to attend university, first at Texas A&M (Bryan/College Station), Sam Houston State University (Huntsville), and finally the University of Texas at Austin. During his time in Austin, he started writing for The Rag.
It started in 1966 with the Rag in Austin
“The Rag: Austin Underground Press 1966-1977” – People’s History in Texas
Thorne Dreyer and Carol Neiman Started the Rag in 1966. This is a documentary and collection of interview clips from members of The Rag collective. Rag staffers published an influential Underground Press newspaper in Austin, Texas from 1966-1977. Their activism and writings propelled the local anti-war, pro-Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, and counter cultural movements of the sixties and seventies.
Jeff Shero, Alice Embree and Gary Thiher moved to New York City and founded the The Rat: Subterranean News in March of 1968
Stan Lee Talk Show – 1968
Hosted by Stan Lee, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics.
Featuring: Jeff Shero, editor of RAT Subterranean News (underground NYC newspaper); Chuck Skoro, senior at Columbia College, managing editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator; Skip Weiss, The Dalton school, Editor of The Daltonian school newspaper. Topics discussed are the Vietnam War, the Establishment, non-conformity, the underground culture, and the Sexual Revolution.
In 1974 Nightbyrd returned to Austin where he founded The Sun with Michael Eiken
A Big National Conspiracy
A 2010 John Wilcox (Editor of New York’s Other Scenes) interview with Jeff Shero, founder of the Underground paper “The Rat”.
Rehearsals for the Apocalypse: The Austin Sun Years 1974-1978
South Austin Museum of Popular Culture presents Rehearsals for the Apocalypse: The Austin Sun Years 1974-1978. Jeffrey Nightbyrd, co-editor, explains the counter-cultural significance of the Sun newspaper and the unique minds it brought together.