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GOOD NIGHT MOON
Elisabeth | Philladelphia, PA | March 23, 2014

Out of the mouths of babes. I just never found Good Night Moon all that interesting. Read me Pat the Bunny any time. Thank you, Garry Trudeau.

OH DEAR
Steve Rothschild | Chicago, IL | March 23, 2014

Oh dear. Of all the targets you have chosen in the past 40+ years, GBT, Goodnight Moon may prove to be the most controversial. Too many parents have curled up with too many children reading its soothing cadences. It's not Anna Karenina, but it has created many a quiet moment for families. I fear this won't end well....

ZONK
Jerry Horn | Mill Valley, CA | March 22, 2014

Zonk has always been my guy; brought me to the dance. He's the Rock o' Gibraltar o' the D'Berry Dynasty. Cheers, dewd.

CLASSIC RE-RUNS
Andy | New York, NY | March 21, 2014

I like what you are doing with the Classic Doonesbury re-runs so far. The color is not overwhelming the line art. And I love the bigger size! I've only seen the old ones from the anthologies, and from the book with the CD/DVD. There, the scans were so small that they were barely readable at times.

ZONKER
Antonio Velarde | Mexico City, MEXICO | March 21, 2014

Zonker was the reason I started reading the Doonesbury strip, back in the '70s, while in high school. I remember clearly how he was into competitive tanning, and perfected the "in-between-the toes" toothpick technique, I have followed him through the years, and I have always been amazed how he managed to live unconventionally. Thanks for the memories.

COMING BACK
Istaboa | Jupiter, FL | March 21, 2014

It's all coming back to me now...

BACK THEN
Margaret Delgatty | Vancouver, CANADA | March 21, 2014

And who would ever have predicted back then that it wouldn't be Zonker who turned out to be gay?

HARD TO BELIEVE
Brian Harvey | Berkeley, CA | March 20, 2014

What's hard to believe, in retrospect, is that Zonker was on the football team altogether! Didn't they have a tanning team?

ZONKER?
James Mitchell | Everett, WA | March 20, 2014

Zonker? Hell, that's Richard Sherman!

HARD TO BELIEVE
Gene | San Francisco, CA | March 18, 2014

It's hard to believe that the weirdo with the tricked out football helmet, whom B.D. found so challenging in the huddle, will become nanny to B.D.'s daughter Sam!

HELLO ZONKER!
T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | March 17, 2014

And hello Zonker! My, what a long strange trip it's been. As to yesterday's strip; as an Applehead/Investor since 1984 I say yeah, things aren't moving forward too much at the moment in the public eye. But what's coming out now (to keep the peeps happy; some folks always have to have something new even if it isn't) and what's in the pipeline down the road are two different things. Sometimes it's best to sit back for a bit, tweaking things to perfection before dropping the next "bombshell /innovation" on the market. And that's what Tim's doing. But for the moment the criticisms are valid, and Apple is fully aware of the fact.

OLD?
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | March 17, 2014

Did going back to the beginning of my beloved Doonesbury, to the strips I used read at the kitchen table every morning before heading off to high school, make me feel old? Not in the least. But all these Apple gizmo references... As the proud owner of a cell phone that (gasp!) only makes phone calls, that makes me feel old. Dare I confess that I also still use the phone book?

VISUAL CHANGES
Gregg Schwinn | Oakland, CA | March 17, 2014

As usual Mr. Trudeau nailed it. Thanks for so beautifully describing my feelings about the visual changes made in the iOS 6 to 7 upgrade. I'll continue to use iOS 6 until it is no longer supported.

LIGHT PRINT
Susie | Kailua Kona, HAWAII | March 17, 2014

Thanks for putting out there about the small light print on Apple products now! I hate that change.

APPLE
Benjamin Smeall | Green Bay, WI and Cochabamba, BOLIVIA | March 17, 2014

Sorry, but I can't commiserate with your criticisms of the Apple Computer Company. I've used my Contacts app every day constantly. This App is one that is totally integral to my life. And I find that the Apple computer company still responds to any question that I have, very directly. For me this is the Small Town Ideal, but on a global scale.

EGOS AND CAREER AMBITIONS
Miles Hopkins | Redwood City, CA | March 16, 2014

It's a sad truth that most interface design changes are driven by the egos and career ambitions of people on the project teams who want to make their mark. The operational needs, consensus preferences, and ergonomic priorities of millions are generally ignored in favor of the personal whims of a few very-out-of-touch producers and engineers. Hence the steady deterioration in the usability and aesthetics of almost all user interfaces, as these self-oriented teams methodically "fix" everything that isn't broken, adding useless controls and features that are current fads within the academic and engineering worlds, but are actually counter-productive for the end user. Egregious example: the new control tab on the right-hand margin of many web pages, which can obscure the scrollbar button, rendering it inaccessible -- a disastrous design fad that's infected many products in the p ast two years.

HOORAY
Jan Cunningham | New Haven, CT | March 16, 2014

Hooray hooray hooray! Thank you, GBT, for calling out the banal new iOS interface. It gives one hope. I haven't upgraded, either, hoping that Apple will realize its mistake by the time the next update is available.

A FUNNY TAKE
Wes Smith | Lapeer, MI | March 16, 2014

Considering I just yesterday finally gave in to the new iOS update, today's strip was right in my wheelhouse. Thanks, GBT, for a funny take. Thanks, fellow readers, for taking Apple design decisions so seriously. You make me laugh, too, at you and me.

WHY
Steve Russillo | High Point, NC | March 16, 2014

Preach! Why did Apple screw with a perfectly fine look? No good reason, is why. And what's with all the g*****ned gray? The camera? The calculator? The settings? And especially the folder background. (Not to mention the Contacts app which I long ago buried with other superfluous-yet-undeletable apps in a folder called WPOS.)

IOS 7
Boise Ed | Atascadero, CA | March 16, 2014

I can only wish that I hadn't downgraded to iOS 7. But, as the old Kingston Trio lyric says, "Once you go, you can't come back." Thank you, Mr. Trudeau, for expressing my view of iOS 7 so perfectly.