Gracies Dinnertime Theatre

Gracies Dinnertime Theatre

Gracies Dinnertime Theatre(GDT) was a publication written by a group of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) students that was in production from 1995 to 2005. In its 257 issues, it was notorious for its political incorrectness of race relations, bizarre end-time prophecies, baseless conspiracy theories, provocation of the established student magazine, The Reporter, the Clinton and Bush administrations and in particular, RIT President Al Simone.

Perhaps GDT's greatest single contribution was the article "The Politics of High Tech Damnation," which examined the close, covert links between the CIA and RIT in the early and mid 1990s.

Less controversial content included a weekly chess puzzle and frank sexual, mostly autoerotic, discussion.

GDT's presence on the internet initially began as a text-only finger plan. By the fall of 1995, GDT had a web site hosted by one of its creators, making it one of the first student satire publications to have a web presence. In time the hosting of the web site migrated to servers owned by RIT Computer Science House. Its final resting place came to be on the Hell's Kitchen server.

GDT spawned five sister publications which all published under the combined title of Hell's Kitchen. This was distributed for free on four universities in Rochester, NY and Rutgers University. Under this combined title, GDT received notable attention from the Independent Press Association, Rochester's daily newspaper The Democrat and Chronicle, and had a few articles reproduced via U-wire.

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