Timeline – 1973 Part 1

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.
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Timeline – 1972 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, December 10, 1972.

Some of the most memorable Hi and Lois gags are based on real life experiences.

In Mort Walker’s 1975 autobiography, Backstage at the Strips, he wrote, “About half the gags Jerry Dumas brings in I can spot as having come from Gail [his wife] or his three boys. His son Tim is an avid autograph collector. He goes after the usual celebrity and sports star signatures but also seeks signatures of unusual personalities. He reads up on the Supreme Court, for instance, and writes knowledgeable letters to the justices, asking them questions in order to get interesting replies. He reads books and writes the authors, commenting at great length on his favorite passages. His letters are warmly humorous, and we’ve used several of them verbatim in Hi and Lois.”
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