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I noticed that on 11-1-15 there was no 45-years-ago-today strip on the Flashback page, and that in 1970 that date was a Sunday. I assume the two facts are related? When did the Sunday strip commence, and was it an eight-panel extravanganza from the get-go?
Note: Well observed. Although the dailies launched on 10-26-70, the first Sunday Doonesbury did not show up until almost five months later. It was in fact a nine-panel extravaganza, as you'll see here. (The resolution on the early Sundays leaves something to be desired. Upgrading these is on our To Do list, and we regret that squinting may be required until that task is accomplished. To those who have taken the time to write about this issue, thank you!)
Ever since the Classics series began running last year I have really enjoyed going back in time with the strip, getting to know much-loved characters' backgrounds. Sadly, I didn't start reading Doonesbury when it first began.
I remember reading Doonesbury in the Daily Campus while a student at UConn in the early 70s. It resonated with many of us Baby Boomers back then, as it still does today. That was a time when the annual Yale/UConn football game was a big deal for in-state bragging rights; so when you did a shout-out to this tradition about 15 years ago I framed those cartoons. I will always be a fan!
Oh, thank heaven, Garry. When they run older comic strips often it's because the cartoonist has died and I didn't hear about it. I just got your Anniversary Email and am delighted to hear you are both well and fit to go. Keep up the great work!
I love the "Larry King look" in the header of your letter. Over the years you've offered up so many insightful "comics." Thank you. I'm so very happy that you've been an influence on the thoughts and politics of our times. I wish you continued health and success.
Congrats on #46! I've been following the strip since its earliest days and GBT's jousts with the management of the Akron Beacon Journal. Doonesbury Forever (or a reasonable facsimile thereof)!
I just want to say "Thank you" for all the awesome, pithy, biting, tender, politically incorrect funniness over the years. May you keep on aggravating the hell out of the Donald Trumps and Hilary Clintons of the world.
I can't believe it's been so long! And between sabbaticals and blackouts I feel like we missed something.Thankfully, you and the gang never have. Happy Birthday, and may savage comedy never grow old.
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!