Timeline – 1973 Part 1

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Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, February 18, 1973.

When this strip came out, jogging had become a huge fad.

Running at a leisurely pace was a new concept. The idea was to get exercise without putting too much stress on the body. Joggers typically run less than six miles an hour and have wider foot spacing to establish stability.

An early reference to the term is in William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew (1593). “You may be jogging whiles your boots are green,” referred to a character departing.

In his 1884 novel, My Run Home, Australian author Rolf Boldrewood wrote, “Your bedroom curtains were still drawn as I passed on my morning jog.”

In 1962, a group of New Zealand fitness enthusiasts who gathered once a week to go for a run became know as the “Auckland Joggers Club.”

After visiting New Zealand, University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman wrote the book, Jogging, in 1966 which popularized the trend in the United States.

In this episode, Hi is starting a new exercise routine to stay in shape for golf. Chip, Dot, Ditto and Dawg join him on his run and they all end up at the Waffle Shoppe. Hi’s best intentions usually backfire like this.

Next week we will continue the Timeline series in 1973, so be sure to check back.

– Brian Walker

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One thought on “Timeline – 1973 Part 1

  1. I thought your strip that ran in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sun., Feb. 18 about snowmen was one of the best I’ve read.
    It captures the spirit of the political times we live in today, when a simple act of children building snowmen like past presidents, could cause an “argument among neighbors” if the current president was included. It is a very simple, powerful political statement.
    It is effective on many levels. Thank you for creating and running it on a Sunday. I hope you get a lot of positive feedback from your readers.

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