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NOT ENJOYING
Mike Corrado | Durham, NC | April 02, 2014

Sorry, but unlike others commenting here I am not enjoying these early strips. Doonesbury used to be the first thing I looked at in the morning, before the NYT or The Dish or 3 Quarks, but now I only drop in from time to time to see if anything has changed. I wish GT success in his new ventures, and I have enjoyed "Alpha House" a lot, but I feel like I have lost an old friend here.

STRAW POLL
Joshua | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | April 02, 2014

The really worrisome outcome in the current "Better Sex After 60" Straw Poll is the low number of under-30 responders. Although it may reflect a natural lack of concern for a situation many years in their future, I fear it reflects the low proportion of under-30 readership. I wonder where the younger generation goes, then, for its dose of reality. Talk radio?

B.D.'S VIETNAM TOUR
Dennis Swaney | Oroville, CA | March 31, 2014

Ah, we're back at Firebase Bundy. I was hoping to see B.D.'s Vietnam tour again. I've missed Phred in the modern strips, especially after B.D. was wounded in Iraq.

GOOD MAN, AUSTIN
Barb | Bend, OR | March 31, 2014

Poor Austin. When we first saw him, he had the glow of new employment after months of looking. The glow is gone: the economy hasn't picked up, so he's still there working the phones. I know what the pay was for the call center I worked at a few years ago, and that people who worked there for years had the same pay as us newbies. It did have health insurance, which I paid for with half of my monthly paycheck and nothing from the company except for the privilege of having health insurance. I didn't meet the metrics, so was shown the door, but I got to keep my COBRA package. Some of the best people on earth work at call centers. Good man, Austin, good man.

SMILES
Sandra M. | Indianapolis, IN | March 30, 2014

I've been enjoying the Flashbacks, although I know so many of the strips by heart. I woke up this morning to the sight of this horrible fluffy white stuff falling from the sky, and Duke instantly popped into my mind. Facing a similar situation whilst standing in the Samoan surf with his aide-de-camp MacArthur: "I'm a reasonable man, MacArthur, so I know this isn't snow." Thanks, GBT, for so many years of smiles!

COOL
Tom Schlapkohl | Des Moines, IA | March 29, 2014

I can't begin to tell you how cool it is to revisit your earliest strips. All of a sudden I'm back in college again. Thanks for the memories.

RENAMING
Jim Russell | Nutley, NJ | March 28, 2014

Ah, yes, here's the one-off H.D. Thoreau joke that ends up renaming Yale.

FUN
Thomas Ehrenberg | Putney, VT | March 27, 2014

It's fun to be re-reading the old strips -- a cultural chronicle of some of our history. Is the plan to keep running older strips for the duration of the hiatus?

Editor's Note:

 Indeed. There will generally be four weeks of dailies from each year of the strip's run. With this week we've moved into 1972. Sundays will continue to be new.

AHA!
Mara | New York, NY | March 26, 2014

Aha! The twins are not identical...

THE START OF IT ALL
Peter Clark | Worthing, UK | March 25, 2014

I'm really enjoying these early strips. I've been following Doonesbury since it first appeared in the early 1980s in the Guardian. It's fascinating to see the start of it all.

HAPPY NOW?
George | Tequesta, FL | March 25, 2014

Okay, today's video, "From BumpTo Buzz," had my wife and I crying in our coffee. Are you happy now?

YAY, MOMSBURY!
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 24, 2014

Yay, Momsbury! Doonemom? My mother claimed that she could observe both her Yalie sons objectively, and that if we weren't the absolute best children in the world and completely perfect in every way, she would have said so plainly and openly.

MINE COULD
Ann | Portage, WI | March 24, 2014

I like that the twins can communicate telepathically. Mine could.

MY KIDS
Richard Green | Pasadena, CA | March 23, 2014

Oh my, I had no idea. But my kids, who are grown now, seem still to like me, so I guess I didn't do too much damage.

WISHFUL THINKING
Rick Pulg | London, UK | March 23, 2014

I can still recite Goodnight Moon, and my kids are 17 and 18. Perhaps GBT is speaking his own wishful thinking through the babes? I am sure all parents have had that thought at one point...

WOW
Craig Cyr | Brier, WA | March 23, 2014

Wow, kids sure grow up fast! It's nice to see the twins.

OVERJOYED
Karen Hale | San Diego, CA | March 23, 2014

I have never liked Goodnight Moon, so I was overjoyed when I found Goodnight IPad on Amazon. My grandchildren are definitely tech savvy, so it was right up their parents' alley. My grandbabies already like it better than Goodnight Moon. Thanks, GBT, for vocalizing what millions of kids are thinking. No more moon.

BOOKMOBILE
Ken | Ottawa, CANADA | March 23, 2014

I recall checking Goodnight Moon out of the bookmobile when I was in about grade one. I brought it home and my dad said, "That's kind of a little kid's book, isn't it?" It was, and I wanted it anyway. There was something inherently comforting in it. Years later, reading it to my daughter, I felt the same way. Of course, I feel the same about You Give Great Meeting, Sid, so what do I know?

GOOD NIGHT MOON
Elisabeth | Philladelphia, PA | March 23, 2014

Out of the mouths of babes. I just never found Good Night Moon all that interesting. Read me Pat the Bunny any time. Thank you, Garry Trudeau.

OH DEAR
Steve Rothschild | Chicago, IL | March 23, 2014

Oh dear. Of all the targets you have chosen in the past 40+ years, GBT, Goodnight Moon may prove to be the most controversial. Too many parents have curled up with too many children reading its soothing cadences. It's not Anna Karenina, but it has created many a quiet moment for families. I fear this won't end well....