Fall Foliage 3

The Flagstons’ next-door neighbor, Thirsty Thurston, has a love-hate relationship with the season of autumn.  Throughout the year, his approach to home maintenance is laissez-faire.  He lets the grass grow in the summer and the leaves accumulate in the fall.  He would rather lounge in his lawn chair with a cold beer and watch the changing seasons than push a mower or pick up a rake.
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Fall Foliage

Dik Browne remembered seeing the autumn scenes that Frank King did in Gasoline Alley when he was growing up in the 1920s and 30s.  Here is an example from 1928.

Gasoline Alley Sunday Page by Frank King, November 4, 1928.

Gasoline Alley Sunday Page by Frank King, November 4, 1928.

Dik’s fond memories of these evocative episodes inspired him to do similar seasonal Sunday pages in Hi and Lois.  “Mort knows that I am a sucker for them,” Dik once said.  “We’ve all lived in Connecticut and know how beautiful it can get.  I think Kipling described fall as the ‘last revolt of the tree people against the dying of the year.’”
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Football Season

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For many of our readers, weekends during the fall are a time for attending high school, college and professional football games.  It’s an American tradition.

Thirsty Thurston, the Flagston’s next-door neighbor, is an avid football fan.  He also loves to eat and drink, so tailgating is an important part of his routine.  In this Sunday page from 1998, Thirsty comes to the game well prepared.
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