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JOANIE
Cathy | Bloomington, IN | April 10, 2014

I love your old strips! Joanie is introduced, and that brings me joy. I used her in a paper I wrote for a feminist class, "back in the day." Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

FASCINATING
Mark Walmsley | Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | April 09, 2014

Today's strip was fascinating for two reasons. Mark and Mike met-cute with soon-to-be-a-principal Joanie, but they also introduced the recurrent mode of humor whereby a grandiose vision in the third frame is reduced to the quotidian in the fourth. One can play a game of rewriting these strips in GBT's mature style, where instead of simply reacting Mike would close the scene with a deadpan, "We could take 94 north."

RELIVING MY YOUTH
Susan Davis | Fort Lauderdale, FL | April 09, 2014

I love the Flashback strips. I am reliving my youth right along with the characters. I don't want you to stop!!!!

FABULOUS
Andy Paige | New York, NY | April 09, 2014

In Sunday's fabulous Doonesbury strip Alex made mention of a product very much like the one I have invented and hold three patents on. The GirlyGoGarter(R), is a sexy, safe, comfortable hands-free purse that adheres to the upper thigh with patented GentleFlex(TM) Grippers and discretely holds up to three pounds of a lady's essentials. The GirlyGoGarter(R) was launched into the market place in August 2013 and with just eight months of sales we are in 1,000 retailers in five countries.

HARD TO BELIEVE
S. Chapman | Chicago, IL | April 09, 2014

Hard to believe that Joanie is a great-grandmother now that Alex has had the twins, but after all, today's strip is 42 years old.

UN SALUDO
Lenox Napier | Mojacar, SPAIN | April 09, 2014

Hi, just to say thanks for all the laughs. I have two early books of yours, Greatest Hits and Chronicles, bought while visiting the USA in my twenties. I'm a Brit and live in Spain. Un saludo!

JOANIE
Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | April 09, 2014

In today's strip Joanie doesn't look at all like someone who would become one of the Beltway's slickest political operatives, working for the likes of Lacey Davenport and Elizabeth Warren. I wonder if Mike had an inkling, there by the side of the road looking at a map and talking about Cleveland, that he was talking to his future mother-in-law.

THE SANDBOX
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 08, 2014

I don't recall whether I've said this before, but as you wind down The Sandbox, it's worth repeating if I have. Thank you for creating this milblog. It was a huge source of personal education as these wars plodded, struggled, bounced, and screeched on their way. Our news media in Canada kept us a bit better in touch with what our troops were doing and how they were doing (smaller country, higher reporters-to-troops ratio, I think), but I never did find a milblog that kept me more aware of the world they lived in than The Sandbox. To all the contributors, a huge thank you, and all my hope for your well-being as we move away from these wars in an uncertain world. I assume that the contents of the Sandbox will be archived and available -- I certainly hope so.

Editor's Note:

 The Sandbox will remain in place as an archive. The final post will introduce future visitors to the wealth of content it contains: almost 800 posts by around 150 contributors. The first post went up in October 2006.

HOW COOL
Paul Parsons | Montpelier, VT | April 08, 2014

Nothing like a Beemer and a side car for a cross-country road trip! My brother had this on his door when he first got his R75/5 as an example on how cool it was to own a BMW.

LOVE IT
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 07, 2014

Love, love, love that a case of Schiltz can be used as a diplomatic olive branch. Love it almost as much as loving that B.D. is a "sweet drunk."

TAKE ME BACK
M.H.F. | Athens, GREECE | April 07, 2014

Being a senior Boomer, these first strips really take me back. I had forgotten about Phred. I was 24 years old, and just settled into D.C. -- Watergate had just happened (nothing to do with my hitting town) -- and I was introduced to Doonesbury. Thanks for the memories.

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.