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Doonesbury is the "psychedelic frosting" on my daily LA Times breakfast. Since Prop 19 (pot) failed here in CA, I bet Zonker's bummed...
It's a fine day in America when the most trusted news source for the under-35 generation is "The Daily Show," and the most trusted news source for old eggheads is "Doonesbury." A fine day indeed.
The 11/27 Blowback from Disabled Vet from a Previous Century reminded me how much Stars and Stripes has grown up since the 1950s. When my brother was in Korea (just after the armistice), my mother sent him all the "funny strips" from four newspapers (Iowa City Press Citizen, Davenport Democrat, Des Moines Register, and Chicago Tribune) every week. This made him the only one on the post who had Beetle Bailey, which Stars and Stripes refused to carry as "subversive"! A long drop from the Bill Maulden days, that was.
There's also another Wesleyan College.
The current Zonker storyline ties in perfectly with a recent dust-up over the founding of "Dolphy Day" at little LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. In 1971 a ragtag group of what ultimately would be referred to as slacker types started "Eric Dolphy Day." Dolphy Day was to be celebrated on the first pleasant day of Spring by declaration (in Syracuse: no mean trick) by the cutting of all classes and engaging in one's favorite consciousness expanding, um, pasttime. The day was originally named after "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue" on Side Two ("Side Two?" Ah, vinyl!) of Frank Zappa's Weasels Ripped My Flesh. The LeMoyne mascot was The Dolphin. Eric Dolphy, the great jazz player, was irrelevant but for his euphonious name.
The floating holiday continues to this day. Sadly it has been co-opted by The Administration. Every student is now given The Day off and most people just get drunk. And then, in an amazing misunderstanding of their own cultural history, the school recently commissioned and then dedicated a sculpture on campus of the still dead Eric Dolphy who, wonderfully and ironically, had nothing to do with this little bit of anarchy. Zonker is lucky his legacy at Wesleyan has remained untarnished.
As much as I appreciate the national recognition your recent shoutouts have gained Wesleyan, I am inclined to point out that Wesleyan is a University, not a college. Being elitist left-wing nutjobs, the distinction means a lot to us students.
Wesleyan is indeed a university, but it also has a college -- whose undergraduates are the ones responsible for celebrating Zonker Harris Day.
Congratulations on 40 years of the best of all comic strips. I feel sure I have read nearly every one (I am 81). What is especially amazing to me is how Trudeau remains so up to date on the cultural effects of the day; the same applies to military lingo. I save this strip for last to read each morning. Great way to start the day. Many thanks.
Thank you for many years of wisdom and chuckles -- an oasis in a sort of kind of wild world. God bless you.
I have been desperate to say thank you thank you thank you. Garry Trudeau, you are a longtime friend and ally and mind reader. Every day, we read you and comment on it and are amazed with how you are capturing so many things. We love the characters and feel we know them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Happy 40th. From 1983 to 1986, I was living in Jakarta. Newsmagazines from home were often covered in black ink by the censors. However, the Embassy got the Singapore newspaper and it carried Doonesbury. That's how I got the news from home. It was really good to be able to see what the current issues were. Thanks for "staying the course."
I just wanted you to know I've been a camp follower since the Yale days. I still have my Joanie Caucus t-shirt and my Duke action figure. I get a lot of my political insights from the strip, and have been known to change newspapers just for access. Thanks for being. xoxox
Doonesbury has given us so much over the years: poignant moments (Lacey Davenport); downright hilarity (White House bubbles); and insight into our culture (all the rest). Please keep on keeping on.
Our politics couldn't be farther apart, but I love the strip. You are hilarious. I have been a regular reader from day one (you still haven't converted me).
I wasn't sure I was going to get 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective -- after all, this 'dinosaur' (I prefer 'experienced veteran') has read every comic since 1972. But when I started browsing through the book in the store, I realized there were whole sections I didn't remember (especially from the 90s for some reason). Did I really not read these? Or did I just get old enough not to remember reading them, and so now am enjoying reading them for the first time all over again? Either way, I brought the book home and spent an enjoyable few hours catching up with the early life of Alex, Mike and Kim's relationship and how Duke found his son. Thanks for the laughs all over again!
For more than 20 years, Doonesbury has given me an entertaining look into American lifestyles and politics. It's always fun, always intelligent, never indifferent. Keep up the good work.
I've been aboard since BD and Zonker were "students." l have lived through Fearless Fosdick, Pogo and Bloom County. Nonetheless, I have not encountered such spot-on satire on such a variety of topics and political regimes. My sincere thanks and congratulations.
I have read Doonesbury more or less daily for about 25 years. I feel like I know his characters. I don't relate to B.D., but I actually cried when he lost his leg and they pulled off his helmet. He had lived a charmed life, and his luck came to a disturbing end. Mr. Trudeau has mocked and honored both the left and the right, but the most important thing he has done is humanized both sides of the political divide. I am reminded just about every day that there are good people who don't hold the same political believes that I do. What a great gift. I just wanted to say thanks.
Having perused some of the negative comments about the soldiers playing video games compels me to write about the hidden message -- that our young men and women overseas are just that, young. Teens are still in the realm of fantasy and fun. They are interested in the same things their civilian counterparts are. Asking them to risk their lives on a day-to-day basis and then watching them play video games when they are on free time isn't asking too much.
If I could exaggerate what the value of this strip is maybe I would, but that is entirely impossible. I've been buying skinny old Doonesbury books from the library used book store, and rereading. They would be an asset to a history class, I am serious. They bring up situations I have forgotten. My adult son says they are an excellent history source, also. I've been reading since the beginning pretty much -- gotta have it every day. It is entirely wonderful. May it go on for 40 more years, though some of that will have to be without me!