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JOANIE
Linda Welling | Victoria, CANADA | October 26, 2015

Forty-five years?! I became hooked on the strip when Joanie appeared. Still here. Thanks.

45
Guy Geerts | Leuven, BELGIUM | October 26, 2015

Just want to say thanks. Here's to 45 years. Cheers!

THE TRUTH
Birgitte Thomsen | Arhus, DENMARK | October 26, 2015

I love, love, love Doonesbury and have done so for more than 40 years. Our Danish newspaper, Information, has brought the strip since the very start and I have read the newspaper and Doonesbury with the greatest of joy every single day since 1973. Thank you so much. My life wouldn't have been the same without it, and that is the truth.

HIGHLIGHT
Roberta Decker | Fremont, CA | October 26, 2015

Thank you for Doonesbury. It has been the highlight of many of my days...

ANGER
Andrew | Austin, TX | October 26, 2015

I don't know how you contain your anger and focus it through the strip. I'm still angry that the Austin American-Statesman took Doonsebury off the daily comics page (they publish it elsewhere) due to it being too controversially political, and that was about 30 years ago.  I thank you for all the times you've put my heart(and mind-)felt opinions into your strip. I thank you for all the yucks, too.

THANK YOU
G. | Healdsburg, CA | October 26, 2015

Thank you for your service!

SABBATICALS
John Brockhaus | Washingtonville, NY | October 26, 2015

Given all the enjoyment that you have brought to the followers of your strip over the years, I think I can speak for many of us when I say take as many well deserved sabbaticals as you feel you need. The historic Classic strips are still outstanding!

SPECIAL
P.J.D. | Cowley, WYOMING | October 26, 2015

Congratulations on 45 years! Doonesbury has a special place in the Billings Gazette -- sandwiched between Dilbert and Mallard Fillmore in the "Classified Bonus" section, which is buried deep between the Horoscopes and Suduko.

STICK AROUND
P.J. Wilson | North Bay, CANADA | October 26, 2015

Congratulations on 45 years. Hard to believe I've been reading your strip since I was 15. Who can forget Guilty, Guilty, Guilty! or Dare to Be Great, Ms Caucus. Looking forward to another 45. I'll try to stick around for your 90th.

WHO KNEW?
Mike Willson | Vineland, NJ | October 26, 2015
And so it began. Forty-five years ago...who knew? Congratulations, and thank you.
DON'T
Ross | Sedona, AZ | October 26, 2015

Please: Don't - Ever - Stop!

THE SAME AGE
Marilynn Bachorik | Dearborn, MI | October 26, 2015

I've been reading and laughing since the first strip. I'm the same age as Mike and his friends, and feel like we've all grown up together. Thanks for 45 years of thought provoking and just all out funny entertainment.

A KID
Hanna Brown | New York, NY | October 26, 2015

Thanks for a great 45 years! I was introduced to Doonesbury when I was a kid in New York City, and my babysitter, who was from Long Island, would bring a week's worth back from visits to her parents, who subscribed to Newsday. At first I identified with the kids, and now, well, with the older people. Thanks again for so many wonderful laughs, touching moments, and wonderful commentary that taught me so much.

CONTINUE
Robert de Vos | Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA | October 26, 2015

You take on society and especially politics is superb. May you continue for many years to come!

AGING FASTER
Cindy Talmadge | Chicago, IL | October 26, 2015

Thanks for 45 great years! It has been an enormous pleasure following the Doonesbury family, even as the woman seem to be aging faster than the men.

EVERY DAY
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | October 26, 2015

Although I didn't know the anniversary date, I've known for years that GBT has been keeping the flame of graphic historical humor burning bright. I would regret the fact I only became aware of it a dozen or so years ago via the Internet, except that the treasure of the Doones oeuvre is intact and searchable. So I have become a full member of the chorus, heaping well-deserved praise on Garry and the team, including recently, the Washington Post. The enriching experience daily and especially Sunday makes me feel smarter every day at 80.

EVERY DOONESBURY
Walter | Portland, OR | October 26, 2015

Back in 2000-2001, between stints in grad school, I had a temp job at a medical school that was going through a routine accreditation process. I'd been hired to help organize some of the necessary paperwork. After about a week and a half I had everything sorted but no one (especially my boss) wanted to admit that hiring me hadn't really been necessary, so they just kept saying what a great job I was doing, despite the fact that days would go by without anything coming across my desk. It was about a month into this that I decided to read every Doonesbury. I started at the beginning and worked my way forward. I'd read plenty before, but going through a hundred at a time was different; I began to feel connected to the characters and their bizarre universe. It was a blast. Congratulations on such a long and successful run!

DAILY BREAD
J. Granzow | Oak Creek, WI | October 26, 2015

At 58, I look back on decades of Doonesbury with great fondness. It was my daily bread for a lot of years, in my late teens and 20s. Marriage, and the lack of a good daily paper, led me in other directions, but for a loooong time your strip was my touchstone to politics, social and cultural issues, family matters, and so much more, all tinged with some of the funniest observations I've ever had the pleasure of reading; they often taught me I wasn't nearly as weird as I thought I was. All the best, for many more years. Thanks for nearly a half-century of laughter and thought-provoking insights.

NEVER MISS
Richard Hutt | Oak Park, IL | October 26, 2015

Forty five years? Heck, I have guitars older than that! Seriously, keep up this marvelous work. I never miss a day.

CLOSER
Kerry | COLORADO | October 26, 2015

Thanks for keeping me sane in college and driving me closer to insanity in my old age. Happy birthday.