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Douglas Welsch | Cedar Park, TX | July 12, 2014

I think Gaydar was probably a function of where you lived. I lived in Southern California and worked on the fringes of the entertainment industry (Disneyland) and Gaydar was fairly widespread and functional, and I imagine San Francisco, New York, and other large cities had the same thing, due more to exposure than any locational superiority.

C.J. | Willis, VA | July 11, 2014

Today's was always one of my favorite daily strips. I have always remembered it, and any time someone tells me they are gay or someone else points out that someone is gay I just smile and say, "Oh that's okay. I'm usually pretty happy myself."

John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | July 11, 2014

We Mad Men fans are fond of discussing the concept of "gaydar" among current teens and its absence during the 60s. GBT looks to have been somewhat ground-breaking while acknowledging that mid-70s gaydar was none-too-finely-tuned. We parents presume that our own teenagers have more sensitive gaydar than we (and women's more so than men), however it's ironic to note that when my son came out last year, neither his mother nor his sister had a clue (and he seems exactly the same to me now, "post-closet").

Molly Cook | New York, NY | July 11, 2014

I've had mixed feelings about your running the vintage strips, but that changed this morning with my all-time favorite -- Andy and Joanie and that tender, loving, confusing revelation to any woman who's ever loved a gay man (and didn't know it). This strip tops them all for me, and led to many more ahead of their time regarding the gay community, AIDS, all of it. A treasure. Thanks.

Casey | New York, NY | July 08, 2014

I love re-reading the vintage strips. I have all of the books and pick them up at random. Andy's story is one (of several) that makes me cry every time I read it. AIDS was such a taboo subject, and GBT handled it with such compassion and sensitivity. His ability to address important issues with grace, and a smile, is what makes Doonesbury an art form. Thank you and keep 'em coming.

Elizabeth Connor | Washington, D.C. | July 08, 2014

The story of Joanie meeting Andy Lippincott was wonderful and sweet the first time so many decades ago. Now that we know the rest of the story, it's heartbreaking, too.

David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | July 08, 2014

Re: Skid's fingerless gloves. Once again I am enlightened by Doonesbury. About a year ago I saw someone wearing gloves in the summertime and wondered why. Now I know. Thanks!

Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | July 07, 2014

Hey, I love the progression in today's Flashbacks page. Early on, we see frazzled uncertain Joanie going off to law school, and 20 years later she is forcefully prosecuting big tobacco. Way to go!

Joshua Rey | London, UK | July 06, 2014

Great to get a fix on Duke's age; in today's 35-years-ago Flashback strip he's 42 years old. So he's still hale and hearty at 77. Must be a lifestyle thing...

John | Madison, WI | July 06, 2014

Just an FYI about bikers; there is a method to our apparent madness. Having ridden now for 30 years on freeways all over the country I can tell you that the best way to get killed on a motorcycle is to ride like you drive a car. You will be run over, or at least off the road, if you pace traffic. The safest speed is 10 mph faster than the cages. It gives them fewer shots at you. Pinballing is just part of the deal.

Karen L. Hale | San Diego, CA | July 06, 2014

I love Skid. Good to see him. And yes, he brought up a very valid point: Iif you are carrying, you need to be absolutely legal in all things vehicular.

Tess | Chestertown,MD | July 04, 2014

Hey! Our family loves Doonesbury. We have almost all of the books, which have become ever-changing rotations for our bathroom reading. I just wanted to let you know that I noticed a big typo when I was re-reading Heckuva Job, Bushie! When B.D. is telling his daughter Sam that he's going back to the hospital for more tests after losing his leg, he calls her "Alex." Oops! You've probably seen that by now, but I just thought I'd let you know, to be sure. Keep the books coming! Squared Away was excellent.

John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | July 02, 2014

There is another nostalgic aspect to that Little Feat video. Though not listed in the title, Jesse Winchester also sang in the chorus. Aside from his songwriting, Winchester is known for moving to Canada to avoid the war in Viet Nam. He died earlier this year in Virginia. Here is a tribute video, with his beautiful song "I Wave Bye Bye."

Barb | Bend, OR | July 02, 2014

John Denver. One of the only non-politicians who became a semi-regular in the strip; when Duke showed up, his off-panel neighbor from Colorado often rated a mention. I wonder how Mr. Denver took this particular form of immortality.

Grame Roberts | Birmingham, UK | July 02, 2014

Ah, we are reminded again of Duke's love for John Denver. The two eventually became neighbors in Colorado.

Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | July 02, 2014

Whoot! What a way to start the day -- "Dixie Chicken" and Emmylou with hair still dark. I feel 40 years younger -- well, at least until I try to get up from the computer chair. I will gratefully have the tune stuck in my head all day.

Editor's Note:

 Upon realizing John Denver was reffed in today's Classic Doonesbury strip, the Duty Officer felt compelled to switch to a different musical classic -- Toots and the Maytals' cover of "Take Me Home Country Roads." But "Dixie Chicken" was post-dated to yesterday, and can still be enjoyed via the Video Archive.

Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | July 02, 2014

Another way to support independent music artists; listen to independent, community radio station Once you discover an artist who touches you, buy their CD.

Jonathan | Potters Bar, UK | July 01, 2014

Re Sunday's strip about the music biz, the fact that there are a variety of means by which people can voluntarily support their musicians, as though those musicians were so many charitable causes, is not a substitute for an actual market in music. A market is an arrangement whereby someone who desires a good, is obliged to pay for it if he wishes to enjoy it. A situation in which anybody can enjoy the good without paying for it, is not a market. I say "the good," but in reality this means the dwindling output of fewer and fewer artists who are less and less able to afford to devote themselves mastery of the art of composition.

Nick Dangerfield | Tillamook, OR | July 01, 2014

Jimmy Thudpucker living in his car?! To put it in Nate-Harris-Speak, "Methinks not." Unless, of course, his car is one of those tricked-out mega mobile homes, maybe...

T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | June 30, 2014

As a professional musician currently "retired" in my mid 50s both by choice as well as circumstance I have to say Sunday's Thudpucker strip was right on the money. There's tons of virtual fame to be had with almost zero income to go with it. If video killed the radio star, downloads, YouTube, and the Net in general are killing off the genuine musicians, leaving behind a trail of  "virtual" ephemeral entertainers, very few of whom can be considered musicians.