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WESLEYAN ALUM
Jeff Wong | Cambridge, MA | December 02, 2010

As a Wesleyan alum, I just want to say great work Mr. Trudeau! I was at Wesleyan when the administration censored the names of Zonker Harris Day and Duke Day. This response has been hilarious and greatly needed. I can't wait to read tomorrow's strip.

LOVING THE COVERAGE
Maren Roush | Pinckney, MI | December 02, 2010

I'm loving the coverage of Zonker Day and Duke Day. I attended Wesleyan in the late 80s/early 90s and lived in West College (sponsor of the events) my first two years. Oh, the memories... Thanks!

PUTTING THE HEAT ON
Roberta Gold | New York, NY | December 02, 2010

Thank you, thank you, for putting the heat on Wesleyan's administrators and their neo-Comstockian campaign to eradicate the great Zonker and Duke Day celebrations. As a Wes alum I've always been proud of those sacred traditions (even though I did not partake of all the associated condiments when I was a student). President Roth's attack on the days' names out of concern for the "image" they promote is an embarrassment to all of us. Who is he trying to impress -- the graduate admissions committee at Brigham Young? Thank you again and keep up the great and timely series.

WES
William Johnston | Middletown, CT | December 02, 2010

Congratulations indeed on your 40 years. I've been starting my day with Doonesbury since I was a kid in Wyoming, and always look forward to where the story line is going next. So I was greatly amused to find Wes this week's subject. But this isn't the first time for Wesleyan to appear by name. If my memory serves me correctly, about ten or twelve years ago in a Sunday strip, a psychotropically adjusted partier at a Yale graduation event was told he was actually looking for the Wesleyan fete, just up the road. In any event, bravo for all the fun. I wondered how Mr. Trudeau would skewer President Obama, and thought he has done a great job. I never dreamed he also would skewer President Roth!

FROM THE BEGINNING
B.J. Witkin | Morrisville, NC | December 01, 2010

Congratulations on 40 years of wonderful entertainment, commentary, and insight. I'm "only" 42 years old and thus couldn't have read the strip from the beginning. But years ago I discovered your site and the archives and during my boring days at work I set out to read every single strip. I haven't made it yet, but I still make the site a daily stop and every once in a while I'll pick up where I left off last time. Thanks for making my work day a little more bearable!

WHEN YOU STARTED THE STRIP
Lee Mays | Madrid, SPAIN | December 01, 2010

When you started the strip, I was 14. My older sister was staying with us while her husband was stationed in Vietnam. My family couldn´t understand why I laughed hysterically at Doonesbury and insisted on reading it out loud to them. They didn't get it. Looking back, that daily encounter over many years with the "right" molded me into the liberal (American definition) I am. Thanks for 40 years of work. I hope you have a plan to keep this alive another 40 years.

BUMMED
Mark Brickley | Carpinteria, CA | December 01, 2010

Doonesbury is the "psychedelic frosting" on my daily LA Times breakfast. Since Prop 19 (pot) failed here in CA, I bet Zonker's bummed...

A FINE DAY
D2 | Haverford, PA | December 01, 2010

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.

RE "A SANE LOOK"
Maryhelen Posey | Alberta, CANADA | December 01, 2010

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.

RE "A UNIVERSITY"
Katherine Yagle | Middletown, CT | December 01, 2010

There's also another Wesleyan College.

A RECENT DUST-UP
Roger Fox | Richmond, CA | November 30, 2010

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.

A UNIVERSITY
Justin Raymond | Middletown, CT | November 30, 2010

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.

Editor's Note:

Wesleyan is indeed a university, but it also has a college -- whose undergraduates are the ones responsible for celebrating Zonker Harris Day.

THE BEST
Joan Hall | Los Angeles, CA | November 30, 2010

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.

WISDOM AND CHUCKLES
Alice Sousa | Gilroy, CA | November 30, 2010

Thank you for many years of wisdom and chuckles -- an oasis in a sort of kind of wild world. God bless you.

MIND READER
Cindy Miller | Tallahassee, FL | November 30, 2010

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.

LIVING IN JAKARTA
Zoanne Leavy | St. Louis, MO | November 30, 2010

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."

SINCE THE YALE DAYS
Gretchen Mamis | Watertown, MA | November 30, 2010

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

MUCH
Fran Rogers | Bedford, TX | November 30, 2010

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.

HILARIOUS
Gary Ely | Huntsville, AL | November 30, 2010

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).

WESLEYAN
Jesse Rosenblum | New York, NY | November 30, 2010

It's not Wesleyan College! It's Wesleyan University. Pistols at dawn, sir.