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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.

MORE
Georgia | Tucson, AZ | October 26, 2015

You have been with me longer than my husband, and have given me intense humor, consolation, knowledge, and satisfaction through all the years. Keep it up, Garry! We need more Alpha House. We need more Doonesbury!

THE DOONESTER
Fiona | North Wales, UK | October 26, 2015

Happy Birthday to The Doonster! I may not share your continent, or indeed your politics, but you have made this God-believing, somewhat-right-of-centre Brit smile, and very often laugh, since I was 15 years old. Thank you.

MANY MORE
Maggi Lunde | Chicago, IL | October 26, 2015

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the years of enjoyment and saying things that needed to be said. I am looking forward for man more years of the same.

YESTERDAY
Robin | Port Richey, FL | October 26, 2015

I cannot believe it's been 45 years! It seems like only yesterday Mike was meeting B.D. and Zonker on the field. Then again, it seems like Doonesbury has always been a part of my life. It is also hard to believe that so many of the politically oriented strips are just as topical in 2015 as they were in 1970.

HISTORICAL LOOK
Frank M. Hansen | Los Angeles, CA | October 26, 2015

Doonesbury stands as a legitimate historical look at 45 years, and it will be studied for years to come. I only wish I knew how you have been able to put together four panels time and time again with the perfect mix of social commentary, inner truth, and humor without being dipping into negativity, because you are a master at it.Thank you so much for what you do.

NO SMALL FEAT
B. Szaton | Park Forest, IL | October 26, 2015

You got me through two Bush administations -- no small feat, for which I am eternally grateful. Thank you for your wit and wisdom. If you didn't vote them in at least you can laugh at them.