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Fall Foliage #9

Hi and Lois Sunday page, October 3, 1999.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, October 3, 1999.

Most of the leaves are on the ground in New England now, so it’s clean up time. This is one of Hi Flagston’s least favorite household chores. When I was a young boy, my father made me help with the leaf raking, so I dread this job as much as Hi does. Many years ago, I hired my neighbor’s son to clean up my yard every year. This has saved my balky back.
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Fall Foliage #8

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, Novemver 1, 1964.

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, Novemver 1, 1964.

There are still leaves on the trees in New England, so we are extending our fall foliage series for a few more weeks.

Dik Browne would often translate an ordinary gag into an autumn scene and this Sunday page is a good example of that process. The storyline could have just as easily occurred in the spring or summer. Dik added color to the trees and leaves floating through the air to create a seasonal atmosphere. The dramatic perspective shots of Ditto on the roof help to establish a sense of danger to his predicament at the end.
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Elections

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 7, 1999.

Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 7, 1999.

I wrote this episode when Jesse Ventura, a former professional wrestler, was elected governor of Minnesota in 1999. The line between entertainment and reality in American politics has become increasingly less defined since that time. The prospect of a rock and roll musician running for president does not seem so ridiculous now. Who knows? Some of Chip’s ideas might actually come to pass.
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