Timeline – 1998 Part 1

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Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, May 10, 1998.

When I was a teenager back in the 1960s, I used to go out on “dates.” Before I got my driver’s license this usually involved inviting a girl to meet me at a local movie theater or pizza place.  When I started driving, I could pick her up at her house and take her places, like restaurants, dances or parties.
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Timeline – 1997 Part 4

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Hi and Lois Sunday page December 28, 1997.

The last Sunday page of the year presents an opportunity to review the events of the previous twelve months.  In the episode above Hi and Lois are looking back at recent milestones in the life of the family.

Of course, since the characters don’t age, many of these accomplishments will be repeated year after year.  Chip’s band will get another “first gig,” Ditto will be a baseball hero again, Dot always gets straight As and Trixie will relearn how to talk.
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Timeline – 1997 Part 3

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Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, May 18, 1997.

This gag was inspired by a book I read when my son was playing baseball – League League Confidential by Bill Geist.  Here is a review of that book from Pulisher’s Weekly on May 4, 1992.

This Little League coach’s account of his woes, travails and soul storms in the course of one season is side-splitting. Geist, a CBS News correspondent, lives in Ridgewood, N.J., where he has shepherded preadolescents on the diamond for nine years and, to his amazement, has survived. He describes the draft system for securing players and a shrewd angle-worker who rigged the system. He analyzes the four major types of coaches: “It’s only a game, so let’s just have fun” (the nerd, according to the kids); “Win or I’ll kill you” (the asshole, according to the kids); “We’re here to build character, to learn life’s lessons” (the despicable preacher, according to Geist); “I pick the kids with the best-looking mothers” (attribution superfluous). He writes of the games, with pitchers flinging balls three feet over the batters’ heads, outfielders aiming for third base but throwing to first and a few tyros who are actually good. For anyone in need of a good laugh.
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