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Timeline – 1965 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 18, 1965.

Certain gags require secondary characters, like extras in movies, who are not part of the main cast. In the Sunday page above, Dik Browne created some friends for Ditto who look like child actors from the Our Gang comedies transported to the 1960s. Did the boy with the black eye get punched in a fight? Why does the other one look like he works on a train? We’ll never know, because these nameless characters only appeared in this episode.
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Timeline – 1965 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 11, 1965.

The 1955 novel, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson, was a bestseller and the title become synonymous with the drab conformity of the business world during the decade. The main characters, Tom and Betsy Ross, lived in Westport, Connecticut. Tom would return home every day from his high-pressure public relations job in Manhattan to a Martini carefully prepared by Betty. In the novel, Tom ultimately has to make a choice between his career and his family.
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