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Hi, Mr. Trudeau, I've been reading your strip since about 1979 or 1980, and I'm still enjoying it. I really relate to Mike, but my favorite is Zonker. Yours is my second favorite comic strip (behind Peanuts) and I'll keep reading it until I die, I think. Forty-five years of strips? That's good for a lifetime. Please keep up the good work. Thanks.
Happy anniversary. Since childhood, reading the comics was the most important part of my day. After I became a journalist, it somehow held even more relevance. Thanks for all the fridge-worthy strips, and the memory of my late co-copy editor who lovingly named her cat Lacey after your character!
Garry, you made my day for many years. Born and living in the UK, I read your strip since the '80s in collections, not the papers. But it helped me understand the strange country you live in and realise that it also contains a large number of decent people. Later on I married an American, then I moved to Canada (no, I still could not stand to live in a country with so many guns and so little public health, but I have come to appreciate many things about the American people). Now I proudly have a Prime Minister who shares your surname. It bodes well. You still make may day every day. I will read Doonesbury to the day I die.
You may recall that back in the mid-1970s, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution did not run Doonesbury. So my friend Mark, who went to Emory University there, had me cut Doonesbury out of the Gainesville (FL) Sun every day, and I would mail him a week's worth of strips at a time. I did this for years, because I knew the strip was that important to him, just as it was to me. Forty years have passed since then, and Mark died of pancreatic cancer a couple of years ago at age 58, after a long career as a physician in Florida. But I'm still here, still a Doonesbury fan, and I remain so very grateful that you continue to make me laugh and make me think. That is no small gift. And if he were here, I know Mark would say the same. Happy 45th, GBT.
From Michael Doonesbury's hometown, I want to thank you for 45 years of 'tooning. I have read every strip you've ever done. I even did a biographical research paper on you when I was in middle school, and you kindly hand-wrote me a letter, even though it was during the times when you had a "perverse aversion" (your words) from the public. That impressed me then and impresses me even more now (many decades later) because your answers to my questions were straightforward and adult. You didn't treat me like a 14 year old or look down on me. Again, thank you.
I recall reading Doonesbury when I was 21, 22 when it was first franchised, and it mirrored my own lefty perspective and proudly stood on the platform of political and social satire to inform. I have always been suspicious of those who don't read, or get, Doonesbury (and that includes the corporate you of the Denver Post; I'm still pissed about that, you editorial weaklings!) .Thanks to the GT Team for the last 45 years -- Joanie Caucus still rocks!
I cannot remember the last time I started my day without reading Doonesbury. Being just a bit younger than Mr. Trudeau I began relating to freshman Mike Doonesbury's awkward attempts at trying to find a date, continued through the exposure to the social, cultural, and political upheavals of the 1970s , and over the years have seen my own life experiences and attitudes reflected through the eyes of fictional characters who have become as welcome as old friends. Along the way they have made me laugh, cry, and kept me informed about the issues that define our collective place in the world. Thank you for providing the commentary for two generations (three with Alex's twins?). Your work will continue to withstand the test of time, and I think your strip will be remembered as the work of my generation's Mark Twain.
Congratulations on 45 years, and thanks for the entertainment, laughs, and insights. Nothing pithy on my part, just a note of appreciation. Keep up the good work.
Happy 45th and thanks for teaching me American life and politics. Doonesbury should be required reading in American Civilization courses all around the world. Besides, it's fun.
I've always thought of Doonesbury as the Mike Royko of comics. Thank you for giving Americans a look at the real America.