Timeline – 1997 Part 3

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.

Timeline – 1997 Part 2

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, March 9, 1997.

Syndicated cartoonists are under contract to create fresh ideas 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  They aren’t supposed to reuse material.  But sometimes they slip up.

One morning Dik Browne woke up out of a deep sleep to the ringing of his phone. Bill Yates, the comics editor of King Features Syndicate, was calling.  Bill said that a subscribing newspaper had discovered that Dik had reapeated a gag in Hagar the Horrible, word for word.  The reporter wanted a comment on the mistake and Bill wondered if Dik had an answer.  Dik apologetically explained, “As we got through this life we learn that there are three things that tend to repeat themselves…history, sauerkraut and old cartoonists.”

Timeline – 1997 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, April 20, 1997.

The episode above was inspired by an article I read about the health benefits of laughter.

I learned that, laughter strengthens immune systems, changes moods, diminishes discomfort, and releases stress. Children laugh freely and frequently, but adults tend to be more serious and laugh less often. Humor can improve emotional health, strengthen relationships, provide happiness and even add years to our lives.