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Thank you again, this week of Veteran's Day, for featuring the ongoing problem of PTSD that plagues war veterans, present and past. I've been following this since serving as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, and seeing the personal destruction wrought in the lives young people, bringing the wounds and memories of their battlefields home. No one should be asked to fight unnecessary wars...Peace, in these troubled hopeful times.
Thanks for 40 great years! Please stay with it. I need my daily dose.
Years ago, probably when I was in my late twenties or early thirties, I gave up on reading one of my favorite comic strips, Doonesbury, because it had become incredibly biased and harsh against anyone or anything with conservative values. Occasionally I would give it a retry just to see if it had gotten any fairer, only to find that it had just gotten worse and more shrill, especially during the George W. Bush presidency. And of course none of it was backed up with any facts, only the talking points of the liberal media. Well, here in the last year I have begun to read Doonesbury again. It is funnier than I ever remember it being; the way that it so obviously avoids the pathetic failings of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid administration cracks me up...
My kids were raised with Doonesbury as a cultural reference that was far more relevant than any religious tome available today. Thank you G.B., thank you.
Wow! Could it be that 43 was really as astute as portrayed in Roland's interview, that he anticipated that Americans would "remember" TARP as Democratic initiative? According to a Pew Research poll, a large percentage of Americans actually believe it was.
I picked up Still a Few Bugs in the System at a friend's house in the 70s, read it while sitting there and was hooked. I have all but two of the entire series (thank you, eBay), and am a devoted reader. Thank you, Garry, for all the years, and especially for your support of Fisher House. It's true what I heard a long time ago; "If you just read Doonesbury, you don't need to read the newspaper."
I have a copy of Doonesbury Dossier: The Reagan Years, which has cartoons from the early 80s. The thing that is fascinating (and appalling) is that most of the political characters and issues are the same as during the last Bush era. Rumsfield, Cheney, the NRA, war with Iran etc. All the same. After 25 years!
I've been on board since the newspapers in Dallas and Fort Worth started carrying DB in the early 70s. I was a less-than-zealous student in college, with the transcripts to prove it. Zonker's job interview in the "Dressed for Failure" series was eerily similar to one of my Med School interviews. But I got in anyway. Go figure.
For sixteen years I had a lab named Doonesbury. I had wanted to call him Zonker, but this dog seemed so much more like a "well meaning fool" I knew he had to be a Doonesbury. Thanks for 40 years, Garry -- and your part in the best dog that ever lived.
As an Airman stationed in Germany in 1978 I began reading the Yale strips that my roommate had saved (his father was an engineer there). I was soon clamoring to find all the past strips and read Doonesbury daily. A career in electronics changed to a career as a political scientist and years in state government and activism. Whether or not that was such a good idea is still debated by my family. Doonesbury however has been a constant since then. Thank you GB and Happy 40th Doonesbury!
Re Roland's comment to GWB about "praising an arsonist for bringing his own fire under control" -- this was actually an issue here in Oz following the catatrophic bushfires of 2009. There were reliable reports of some of the most destructive fires having been lit deliberately by people who then engaged in major heroics to combat them. It does happen. (Allegedly, at least.)
I believe the sequence when Zonker Harris's parent separated ("You're never too old for nuts and berries...") was about my entry point; approximate age twelve. I had Zonker ironed onto a t-shirt, via The Daily News. I confess to forging both a Zonker sketch and a GBT autograph in my copy of The Doonesbury Chronicles. I thought Doonesbury (and Aja) fandom would be enough to win a certain woman's heart in college. Women really do mature faster than boys. Saw the musical. Replaced old t-shirt with one drawn for World Hunger Year. Ran fast to buy The Long Road Home. Read strip online. Every. Day. Thank you.
Astute American friends sometimes ask me, "How do you know so much about American politics? How come you get so many American culture references?" I tell them, "I read Doonesbury every day." Happy 40th birthday!
When my first grandchild -- a granddaughter -- was born, I was happy to be able to outfit her and her mother (my daughter) in matching shirts with "It's a woman! A baby woman!" emblazoned on them. Thanks, Garry, for the perfectly appropriate sentiment!
Happy 40th, and thank you. I think I've been reading since day one. You've made an important contribution to society, and it's been fun. And it's been absolutely top-notch the whole time. Long may you run.
The asterisk thingie in the caricature of Geo. W. Bush today is very like Kurt Vonnegut's widely-known drawing of, as the distinguished literary author put it, an "asshole." The drawing appears in Kurt's contribution to Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions collections and more visibly in the novel Breakfast of Champions. These are touchstones of an era from which the strip emerges. I can't be the only person making this happy association.
I've cheered the presidential Icons, wept at the Memorial Day listing of those killed in action in Iraq, cancelled my newspaper subscription when they refused to carry certain strips, raged at fate when there was some kind of hiatus, was introduced to you by my 15 year old son, 40 years ago. Oh yes, I have you as my home page, and read the strip before I have my coffee. Live Long and Prosper.
Thanks for many years of insight and entertainment. There is nothing better on a rainy day, for me, than settling down with a glass of wine and re-reading the Doonesbury annuals on my shelves, and I will dedicate a day for the Anniversary. They capture the great sweep of modern history as the great literature they really are. Congratulations, Mr Trudeau.
I began reading DB when, in the early 70's, I found my SoCal high school friend, Craig Johnson, perfectly caricatured in it. Too bad he's gone now. And I used DB's inexorable logic on my ur-Republican dad when he showed me two fat donation checks about to go in the mail -- one for W, one for the soldiers' widows of our Iraq war. I suggested that he might achieve his goals if he donated instead to a cause that might end the war and stop making widows. He gave a double fat check to Kerry. Thanks, keep up the good work.