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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....

ZONK
Jerry Horn | Mill Valley, CA | March 22, 2014

Zonk has always been my guy; brought me to the dance. He's the Rock o' Gibraltar o' the D'Berry Dynasty. Cheers, dewd.

CLASSIC RE-RUNS
Andy | New York, NY | March 21, 2014

I like what you are doing with the Classic Doonesbury re-runs so far. The color is not overwhelming the line art. And I love the bigger size! I've only seen the old ones from the anthologies, and from the book with the CD/DVD. There, the scans were so small that they were barely readable at times.

ZONKER
Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | March 21, 2014

Zonker was the reason I started reading the Doonesbury strip, back in the '70s, while in high school. I remember clearly how he was into competitive tanning, and perfected the "in-between-the toes" toothpick technique, I have followed him through the years, and I have always been amazed how he managed to live unconventionally. Thanks for the memories.

COMING BACK
Istaboa | Jupiter, FL | March 21, 2014

It's all coming back to me now...

BACK THEN
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | March 21, 2014

And who would ever have predicted back then that it wouldn't be Zonker who turned out to be gay?