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FUN
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | April 06, 2014

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.

GENIUS
J.J. Parker | Hollywood, CA | April 06, 2014

Love your strip today! The iThigh is genius! You can check it out here. Cheers!

GROWING
Lynn | New York, NY | April 06, 2014

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.

DONE
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | April 06, 2014

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.

STRIKING RESEMBLANCE
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | April 04, 2014

Am I the only one seeing a striking resemblance to a certain sad sack round-headed little boy in the final frame today?

MY SISTER AND I
Nora | Sausalito, CA | April 04, 2014

My sister and I were both avid readers, and stayed up many a late night sharing our parents' Doonesbury Chronicles by the light of our little nightlight. We'd also play "B.D. and Phred" and have adventures trekking around the jungle of our bedroom.

I WAS THERE TOO
K.L. | Boston, MA | April 04, 2014

When B.D. was in Vietnam, I was there too, as a high school student. These strips feel very fresh for me. I really enjoy them. Thanks.

FRIENDSHIP
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | April 04, 2014

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.

BONDING IN COLOR
Tim Poston | Bangalore, INDIA | April 04, 2014

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.

PHRED
Ralph Cox | Houston, TX | April 03, 2014

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.

NOT ENJOYING
Mike Corrado | Durham, NC | April 02, 2014

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.

STRAW POLL
Joshua | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | April 02, 2014

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?

B.D.'S VIETNAM TOUR
Dennis Swaney | Oroville, CA | March 31, 2014

Ah, we're back at Firebase Bundy. I was hoping to see B.D.'s Vietnam tour again. I've missed Phred in the modern strips, especially after B.D. was wounded in Iraq.

GOOD MAN, AUSTIN
Barb | Bend, OR | March 31, 2014

Poor Austin. When we first saw him, he had the glow of new employment after months of looking. The glow is gone: the economy hasn't picked up, so he's still there working the phones. I know what the pay was for the call center I worked at a few years ago, and that people who worked there for years had the same pay as us newbies. It did have health insurance, which I paid for with half of my monthly paycheck and nothing from the company except for the privilege of having health insurance. I didn't meet the metrics, so was shown the door, but I got to keep my COBRA package. Some of the best people on earth work at call centers. Good man, Austin, good man.

SMILES
Sandra M. | Indianapolis, IN | March 30, 2014

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!

COOL
Tom Schlapkohl | Des Moines, IA | March 29, 2014

I can't begin to tell you how cool it is to revisit your earliest strips. All of a sudden I'm back in college again. Thanks for the memories.

RENAMING
Jim Russell | Nutley, NJ | March 28, 2014

Ah, yes, here's the one-off H.D. Thoreau joke that ends up renaming Yale.

FUN
Thomas Ehrenberg | Putney, VT | March 27, 2014

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?

Editor's Note:

 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!
Mara | New York, NY | March 26, 2014

Aha! The twins are not identical...

THE START OF IT ALL
Peter Clark | Worthing, UK | March 25, 2014

I'm really enjoying these early strips. I've been following Doonesbury since it first appeared in the early 1980s in the Guardian. It's fascinating to see the start of it all.