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DON'T REMEMBER
Sue | Oakland, CA | August 27, 2014

I don't remember today's 40-years-ago Flashback cartoon, and I was definitely reading Doonesbury back then. I'd just graduated from high school and was getting ready to start college that fall. I can't imagine how I missed this cartoon, but I would absolutely have remembered Joanie yelling at one of her professors for making inappropriate comments about what another woman was wearing. I'd have taken it to heart, too. Who knows, maybe a couple of years later, I'd have had the nerve to yell at the speech professor who commented about my appearance in class.

ROCKS
Zayin | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | August 26, 2014

Doonesbury rocks. Thanks to your strip I am able to name some American Presidents and their foibles. But I wonder what happened to Honey Huan.

INDULGENT
Gil | Paarl, SOUTH AFRICA | August 26, 2014

Durban? Ha! I was a Doonesbury fan living in Paarl in the late seventies. There was no newspaper syndication back then so I had to rely on buying every Doonesbury compilation I could lay my hands on. Now my morning online dose of retro strip feels positively indulgent, but as addictive as ever!

MEMORIES
Anne | Cambria, CA | August 25, 2014

GBT has discovered the fountain of youth! I was a teeny pup when these strips first ran, and it's a blast to see beloved characters, now middle-aged or elderly (or even dead) reliving their youth. "And the kid goes for broke" is one of the best lines ever -- obviously, since it was also the title of the collection of strips from that period. Thanks for the memories.

RICK'S PLACE
George E. Clark | Cambridge, MA | August 25, 2014

Re the August 22nd Classic strip showing Rick's place: When this originally ran, back in 1976, a reporter could still afford a house.

STRIP
Toelle Hovan | Port Orange, FL | August 25, 2014

This is just to tell you I love your strip -- you are my hero!

DURBAN
Ed | Durban, SOUTH AFRICA | August 24, 2014

Catherine from Durban? There's another Doonesbury fan in Durban?

SMARTPHONE
Alan | Brooklyn, NY | August 24, 2014

Kudos, GBT, for your spot-on representation of the irony of putting a smartphone on the table between two people at dinner, while one of them asserts that it is possible — even easy — to completely ignore it. I am reminded of Zipper when, on being asked how Elihu Walden made his fortune, responded "In the slave trade." And added, "This was before irony."

YAY!
Catherine | Durban, SOUTH AFRICA | August 23, 2014

Yay! Yay! Yay! Thanks for posting this. I loved the wordless strip the first time I read it, and every time since then. It's a favourite, even after all these years.

JOANIE'S FACE
Carol | Merritt Island, FL | August 22, 2014

I love Joanie's face while holding on to Rick. My sister and I were looking forward to this strip all week.

A HIGHPOINT OF TOONDOM
R. | Lexington, KY | August 22, 2014

Today's wordless strip was a true classic. As I recall, it was at the end of a multi-day slow pan, a piece of work that was absolutely beautiful although it contained no characters until the final reveal. In my humble opinion this series was a highpoint of toondom. Any chance we could see the whole thing?

Editor's Note:

 This eminently reasonable request has been answered in the affirmative with an extended strip set in this newly-posted FAQ.

WAITING
Bob | Milford, MA | August 22, 2014

I was waiting for today's strip! I was at Boston University, and The Boston Globe refused to print it as it was too controversial. However, the BU daily free paper printed it!

THE WEIGHT
Alex | Baltimore, MD | August 22, 2014

As I recall, at the time today's strip was originally published some papers wouldn't run it. Am I the only one who sometimes feels like crying from the weight of all the time that's gone by?

THE HUMAN CONDITION
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | August 22, 2014

Pardon the expression, but OMG! Today's retro strip felt like the ice bucket challenge to me. When my late wife and I went to dinner the first time, we were both wide-eyed in the morning, and smiling. That happened a lot for another 34 years. Where did GBT get his awesome knowledge of the human condition?

NOTORIOUS
Karen | Layton, UT | August 22, 2014

Hard to believe now, but I remember how notorious today's strip was when it first came out in 1976. I was in college then, and the Boston Globe was one of many newspapers that refused to run it. As I recall, the Globe replaced the strip with a paragraph declaring it "in dubious taste." Fortunately, one of the local alternative weeklies printed it for us. (Remember, kids, no internet in those days.)

SMALL MASTERPIECE
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | August 21, 2014

Today's five-year flashback choked me up. Two heroes just chatting, a GBT small masterpiece. The courage of Army troops amazes me, and I'm very proud to be an Army vet, even though I served in peacetime. I've begun wearing Army insignia a little, not to share the credit I haven't earned, but to help people remember and talk about what most of us owe to the fighters.

THE PHONE
Sarah Taylor | Beijing, CHINA | August 21, 2014

Anyone else nostalgic for the days when the phone rang at home, and if you were out, you were out?

CRIMINAL MINDS
Karin L. White | West Allis, WI | August 20, 2014

Every time I watch "Criminal Minds" on television, when Thomas Gibson appears I am reminded of Doonesbury and one of your characters. But I cannot put my finger on which one!

HUMORLESS TOPICS
Karen L. Hale | San Diego, CA | August 18, 2014

Once again GBT brings humor to humorless topics. Global warming and the Ukraine situation in one strip. Brilliant.

HAPPY PAIRING
M.H. | Beaver, UT | August 18, 2014

How fun to see Joanie and Rick begin their relationship. I remember how worried I was when she declared her feelings for Andy, that he would reject her and become a hated character in my eyes. How dare anyone reject the beloved Ms. Caucus! That situation was handled perfectly and paved the way for her to have the happy pairing she so deserved.