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MEMORIES
Dave Logan | Chicago, IL | November 02, 2015
Thanks for keeping us sane and entertained all these years. I used to see you walking your kids to school on West 88th Street and always wanted to stop you and go into fan-boy mode, but successfully resisted the urge. I know you likely appreciated my restraint. Thanks again for providing us with so many cherished memories over the years.
FOREVER
Mike W. Barr | Akron, OH | November 02, 2015

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)!

FUNNINESS
Jennifer Jarvis-Schroeder | Tipp City, OH | November 02, 2015

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.

GOLD STANDARD
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | November 02, 2015
Congratulations on 45 years of Doonesbury, GBT. I was a high school senior in Bayonne, NJ, when you started. I discovered Doonesbury while at Lafayette. The strip has kept me in touch with the nuances of U.S. popular culture during the 35 years I've lived in Australia. Along with Peanuts, it represents the gold standard of the modern comic strip. If you wrote musicals, you'd be Gilbert and Sullivan. If you made documentary films, you'd be Ken Burns. If you wrote 19th century novels, you'd be Dickens, Austen, and Twain. Thanks for 45 years.
MISSED SOMETHING
Michael R. Graham | USA | November 02, 2015

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.

STILL ENJOYING
Carol Jackson | Los Lunas, NM | November 02, 2015

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.

THE COMICS
Lynn Margolis | Austin, TX | November 01, 2015

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!

REALITY AND LAUGHTER
Evan Samuel | London, UK | November 01, 2015
Happy birthday. I first came across Doonesbury in Australia in the late Seventies, possibly early Eighties -- my university years. The strip was my crash course in U.S. politics and culture; I've got the collections (back to the Yale strips), I read it religiously (in the absence of, you know, religion) and I'm dreading the next five months in China, where I think I may struggle to get my fix. Carry on the great work. Reality and laughter: a potent combination.
BODES WELL
Luc Alexander | Toronto, CANADA | November 01, 2015

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.

MY FRIEND MARK
Joyce Saenz Harris | Dallas, TX | November 01, 2015

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.

IMPRESSED ME THEN
Brian Wilson | Tulsa, OK | November 01, 2015

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.

STILL ROCKS
Mary Wamsley | Denver, CO | November 01, 2015

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!

NEWSPAPERS
Patrick Michael | Chicago, IL | November 01, 2015
I grew up in a family where things were a little...um...chaotic. I was brought up by Ann Landers, Mike Royko, and Garry Trudeau. Thank God for newspapers.
REFLECTED
Allen | Barrington, IL | November 01, 2015

I cannot remember the last time I started my day without reading Doonesbury. Being just a bit younger than Mr. Trudeau I began relating to freshman Mike Doonesbury's awkward attempts at trying to find a date, continued through the exposure to the social, cultural, and political upheavals of the 1970s , and over the years have seen my own life experiences and attitudes reflected through the eyes of fictional characters who have become as welcome as old friends. Along the way they have made me laugh, cry, and kept me informed about the issues that define our collective place in the world. Thank you for providing the commentary for two generations (three with Alex's twins?). Your work will continue to withstand the test of time, and I think your strip will be remembered as the work of my generation's Mark Twain.

GROUNDWORK
JoAnne Orr | OHIO | November 01, 2015

I like today's Doonesbury, but please do not give Kasich too much free publicity. Perhaps the strip is laying the groundwork for Kasich's "truth in advertising" campaign.

OLD-FASHIONED
Grame Roberts | Birmingham, UK | November 01, 2015

Lacey 25 years ago today: 28,000 thank-you letters. Where did old-fashioned politicians and manners like that go?

GOOD WORK
Mark Warhus | Milwaukee, WI | October 30, 2015

Congratulations on 45 years, and thanks for the entertainment, laughs, and insights. Nothing pithy on my part, just a note of appreciation. Keep up the good work.

FUN
Jean-Daniel Breque | Blagnac, FRANCE | October 30, 2015

Happy 45th and thanks for teaching me American life and politics. Doonesbury should be required reading in American Civilization courses all around the world. Besides, it's fun.

THE REAL AMERICA
Mark | Centralia, IL | October 30, 2015

I've always thought of Doonesbury as the Mike Royko of comics. Thank you for giving Americans a look at the real America.

MADE MY DAY
Bonnie Yantis | Edmund, OK | October 28, 2015
Forty five years of the best! You have made my day so many times. Humor is hard to write, and there I was snorting coffee out my nose, thinking "What a gift this strip is and what a gift this man has!" Happy Birthday and Many More. I also love The Sandbox and all you've done for vets.