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Theory of the Month – Part Two

Parents are always trying to maintain some semblance of order in a household with children.  They often make rules to control the chaos but these inevitably backfire.  Kids have a way of subverting ideas their parents have about the proper way to raise them.

This dynamic of family life inspired Mort Walker and Dik Browne to do a special series in the late 1960s.  “The Theory of the Month” strips ran about once a month during 1966 and continued off and on until the end of the decade.
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Summer Vacations

Hi and Lois has been primarily a gag-a-day strip since its inception.  This means that each episode is a self-contained entity.  There have been stories that lasted for a week or more, but these tend to be special occasions.

Vacations have provided periodic opportunities for the Flagstons to break out of their daily routine and travel to interesting destinations.  In the early years of the feature, these usually occurred on a single Sunday.
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Family Service

Most cartoonists try to give back to their communities whenever they can and Mort Walker is no exception.  Sometimes he has even managed to get his family involved in charitable activities.  In 1964 Mort created the “Community Chest Kids,” who looked very similar to Dot and Ditto in  Hi and Lois, for the Community Chest Drive in our hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut.  The goal was to raise $449,000 for ten local services.
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