In 1894, the inaugural issue of the Lucky Bag was produced by an editorial board of five midshipmen. Within its pages appears the following apology, serving as an explanation of the book's origins:
One day during last summer's cruise, while becalmed in the very middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a group of first-class middies were whiling away the tedious hours by reciting impromptu poetry on the forecastle of the good ship "Constellation "; some unusually brilliant effort elicited the remark that talent like that should not be doomed to bloom unseen. A resolution to publish a little volume into which such bursts of genius might be gathered, was the result of the conversation which followed, and a committee was chosen to bring the volume into being ... In desperation they at last decided to convert the book into an Academy Annual, similar to the annuals published at all other large colleges, and the " Lucky Bag " is the result. That we have not done our work well we do not need to be told - not even after considering the many obstacles which have had to be surmounted. But, if the senior classes which succeed us will take up the work where we have left it, profiting by our errors and improving each subsequent volume until the "Lucky Bag" becomes an annual of which the Naval Academy may feel proud, then - and not until then - we shall feel repaid for the efforts which it has cost us to " set the ball rolling."
As the first editorial board had hoped, the Lucky Bag did indeed develop into the annual yearbook of the United States Naval Academy, and has been published annually by the First Class of each succeeding class of midshipmen.
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