Chip Flagston had a job delivering newspapers from 1970 to 1975. Here are two strips from this period that show him on his route.
Hi and Lois daily strips, November 13, 1970 and January 15, 1972.
Customer relations was obviously one of Chip’s skills, particularly if one of them was a pretty girl. He was definitely growing up.
Here is a Sunday page from 1971 during a period when Chip had a job delivering newspapers.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, June 13, 1971.
Chip was about eight years old when Hi and Lois started in 1954. Over the next few years, he gradually evolved into a teenager and has remained about fifteen years old ever since. This change provided a fertile source for gag material.
Chip Flagston got a job as a paperboy in 1970 and, like many boys his age, had his first experiences in the world of business. I had a paper route delivering the Greenwich Time in the mid-1960s, which might have inspired my father to come up with this idea.
Collecting money from his clients, counting his meager earnings and eventually being outdone by a papergirl taught Chip responsibility, integrity and how to get Ditto to do his deliveries for him.