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When the extended hiatus was announced, I was disturbed; there are too many characters whose stories I want to see develop. Now, I detect a pattern in the reruns. The characters are being introduced. Last week, Phred the terrorist, and before that a little dark-haired guy who I realized grew up to be Uncle Bernie. I assume we are about to meet Joanie this week as she runs away from home. Even though I have been reading Doonesbury from the beginning, and have a copy of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, this is fun and a great service to readers who have joined in over the years.
What a wonderful video you picked for this beautiful day, just as spring is coming to North America and the growing season is starting. Growing is forever.
I hate to burst Alex's bubble, but the garter/holster has already been done. Someone was selling them at the annual "Women's Expo" here in March.
Ah, the developing friendship between BD and Phred. I first encountered this during my initial exposure to Doonesbury "back in the day" as a student at Lafayette. Thanks for the memories, GBT.
Like others, I feel happy to re-see the old old flashbacks, but I am especially glad to see B.D. and Phred bonding in color; makes more difference than with the college strips. It's a jungle out there.
While I have seen these strips many times, and have them in book form (I just ran across them unpacking my library), I do enjoy the reminiscing. In particular, the first meeting with Phred is wonderful. I wish we would see more of him in current strips.
Sorry, but unlike others commenting here I am not enjoying these early strips. Doonesbury used to be the first thing I looked at in the morning, before the NYT or The Dish or 3 Quarks, but now I only drop in from time to time to see if anything has changed. I wish GT success in his new ventures, and I have enjoyed "Alpha House" a lot, but I feel like I have lost an old friend here.
The really worrisome outcome in the current "Better Sex After 60" Straw Poll is the low number of under-30 responders. Although it may reflect a natural lack of concern for a situation many years in their future, I fear it reflects the low proportion of under-30 readership. I wonder where the younger generation goes, then, for its dose of reality. Talk radio?
I've been enjoying the Flashbacks, although I know so many of the strips by heart. I woke up this morning to the sight of this horrible fluffy white stuff falling from the sky, and Duke instantly popped into my mind. Facing a similar situation whilst standing in the Samoan surf with his aide-de-camp MacArthur: "I'm a reasonable man, MacArthur, so I know this isn't snow." Thanks, GBT, for so many years of smiles!
Ah, yes, here's the one-off H.D. Thoreau joke that ends up renaming Yale.
It's fun to be re-reading the old strips -- a cultural chronicle of some of our history. Is the plan to keep running older strips for the duration of the hiatus?
Indeed. There will generally be four weeks of dailies from each year of the strip's run. With this week we've moved into 1972. Sundays will continue to be new.
Aha! The twins are not identical...