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A MINIMUM OF 28
Ben Sammis | Peoria, IL | October 30, 2010

I've been physically able to read for roughly 30 years, and reading Doonesbury for a minimum of 28. I sure as hell didn't understand everything I was reading at the age of 5, but the gang definitely helped me figure it out, abetted by my local library, which was smart enough to have every Doonesbury book available, and naive enough to allow me to check them out before I had reached double-digit years. Much like I don't remember a time when I couldn't read, I don't remember a time when I didn't read Doonesbury.

 

BEFORE THERE WAS JON STEWART
Suzanne Marten | San Francisco, CA | October 29, 2010

Happy 40th Garry!! Before there was Jon Stewart, there was Doonesbury -- the best way to get another slant on the news of the day. Thank you for all your insight and humor!

AS A FRESHMAN
Chris Kochevar | Littleton, CA | October 29, 2010

I started reading as a freshman in college during the '76 campaign. I learned how to properly evaluate the issues and candidates then and still use the lessons. The humor is laser accurate.

41
Owen | Galesburg, IL | October 29, 2010

I'm 41 and everything I ever knew about modern American history I learned from Doonesbury. Sure, as a 10-year old I didn't quite get the Watergate stuff, but Phred was a buddy. Cherchez les femmes!

FRIENDS AT WALDEN
Susan Allison | Danbury, CT | October 29, 2010

I was a student in New Haven (Southern, not Yale) when Toad's was still Hungry Charlie's. I remember Bull Tales and the sight of "President King" out walking along Hillhouse Ave. on a warm Spring evening. (I swear that I actually saw that thought balloon over his head a couple of times!) Through 40 years of clashing Titans (Liberals and Conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, Blue states and Red states), I've always had friends at Walden who shared my hopes and fears, and still managed to find the irony and laughter in it all. Whether or not I agreed with them, no matter how far they travelled or how much they changed, they always had something interesting, amusing and spot-on to say. Congratulations Garry, and all my friends at Walden! You've even grown with me over the years -- or was it the other way around?

40TH ANNIVERSARY TUESDAY
Ellen Malone | Sugar Notch, PA | October 29, 2010

Woke up, fell out of bed, anticipation crossed my head. Found my way downstairs and read the strip. And Googled up and noticed logo'd were not. I guess they forgot to read the news today, oh boy. But I am glad you contine to love to turn us on!

A DELAY ON THE BAN
Joseph Lenchner | Corralitos, CA | October 29, 2010

President Karzai just announced a delay in the ban on private security contractors. Sorkh Razil lives!

A FEW SEEDS
Tim | San Diego, CA | October 29, 2010

It would be wonderful if Zonker ended up back in front of the judge that threw out his case in the 70s for wiretapping without a warrant, when Z was busted by the Highway Patrol after a few seeds were found in his bag. Seems like you're going down the route of transporting across state lines, and that guy's probably a federal judge by now. Just saying.

PLANTS
Martin Rasmussen | Copenhagen, DENMARK | October 29, 2010

Thank you so much for the strip today! I have really missed seeing Zonker talking to his plants. it's been so many years...

WHEN YOU STARTED
Tola Marts | Issaquah, WA | October 29, 2010

Happy 40th anniversary, Mr. Trudeau! I was only one year old when you started, but I was into my dad's little Doonesbury paperbacks as soon as I was old enough to read. When Zonker learned there was no Santa Claus, I did too! Thank you for helping give me a sense of humor that has helped immeasurably with life's ups and downs.

IMMORTALIZED IN THE ANNALS OF ASTRONOMY
Lee Laiterman | Santa Cruz, CA | October 28, 2010

Thought you would appreciate that a Doonesbury character has become immortalized in the annals of astronomy. At UC Santa Cruz we are building an instrument for detecting extrasolar planets. We are aligning its optics now and have been dealing with an unwanted spot of light that primarily impacts the red end of the light spectrum. It is known here as "The Red Rascal."

AS SOON AS IT'S LEGAL
Richard | Olympia, WA | October 28, 2010

Zonker does realize that as soon as it's legal, lobbyists will try to kill small growers, in exchange for "football field sized domes" operated by, uhmm, well, tobacco companies? Small growers will still be illegal, since they wouldn't be able to afford the licensing and security overhead. We'll still have a number of small growers. The underground distribution channels are still in place. Everywhere.

STARS AND STRIPES
Tom Hendrixson | Wapakoneta, OH | October 28, 2010

I first read Doonesbury in, of all places, the Stars and Stripes newspaper while I was stationed in Germany in the early 70s. Words fail me to describe the enjoyment your work has brought me over the years. You are a national treasure. I'd wish you had run for President except that would have meant we wouldn't have had the strip for eight years. You've made the world a better place with your humor and social commentary. Thanks.

THOSE OF US IN EUROPELAND
Michel B. | London, ENGLAND | October 28, 2010

Sincere thanks also from those of us in Europeland, dazed and confused by US politics, for 40 years of handy pointers. Rumours that we don't laugh much here are exaggerated …

PART OF THE CHARM
R2Dad | San Francisco, CA | October 28, 2010

For long-time readers part of the charm of the 40 years is that your story lines can get a refresh whenever you feel up to it. For example, I would love to see more Phred again, Alice & Elmont, Honey, Mike's mother, Clyde & Ginny; and what about those funny kids in the sandbox at Walden daycare? GBT should spend some more time in Berkeley (like R.Reich) to soak up the Cali vibe.

A LOVELY CROP
Sue | Oaksterdam, CA | October 28, 2010

No, no, no! A lovely crop like Zonker's shouldn't be composted ! Okay, leaves and stems, fine. But even if he doesn't want to enjoy the results himself, there are plenty of medical marijuana clinics that would be very-very pleased to be able to distribute it to those who need it as medicine, and the city of Oakland could sure use the tax revenues!

RE "WRONG"
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | October 28, 2010

No, no, Dennis, Zonk's got a good chance. Though the detailed control over the product offered by indoor hydroponics has apparently given the world great (and predictable) variety and strength in marijuana, the costs are horrendous (assuming that the grower is actually paying for electricity rather than stealing it). In a suitable climate, there will probably always be room for the "natural grower" -- and this should become even more the case under legalization.

WAY AHEAD
Nancy Dalva | New York, NY | October 28, 2010

Doonesbury is the great episodic novel of our time. Not to mention a graphic novel in daily installments, way ahead of the trend. Most touching moment: Dick comes for Lacey...

EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Tom French | Washington, D.C. | October 28, 2010

Forty years -- and I've been with you every step of the way. I even saw the Broadway musical! Doonesbury is a national treasure. Please run to fifty years.

HELPING ME GROW UP
Cindy | Phoenix, AZ | October 28, 2010

40 years ago I was a socially awkward pimply teen, who read everything she could get her hands on. I discovered Doonesbury in HS and became the woman I am today -- socially awkward, wrinkled, with a mean sense of humor and skewed world view. I thank you for helping me grow up!