Hi and Lois Sunday page, black-and-white proof, November 9, 1980.
In the previous post, I featured a map of Wilton, hometown of Hi and Lois, which was drawn by Chance Browne in 2010. In the upper left-hand corner, the Silvermine Golf Club can be seen. The picturesque red barn, where the maintenance equipment for the golf course is stored, is also shown in the first panel of the Hi and Lois Sunday page above and in the photo below.
Chip Flagston got a job as a paperboy in 1970 and, like many boys his age, had his first experiences in the world of business. I had a paper route delivering the Greenwich Time in the mid-1960s, which might have inspired my father to come up with this idea.
Collecting money from his clients, counting his meager earnings and eventually being outdone by a papergirl taught Chip responsibility, integrity and how to get Ditto to do his deliveries for him.
Here is a classic example of the “Better Words” series that ran from 1963 to 1966.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, April 19, 1964.
In a blog post dated March 14, 2013, we chronicled how Mort Walker came up with this idea when his son, Greg, called the Empire State Building the “entire state building.” This comment led to the series, which showed examples of phrases kids invent that are more descriptive than the original terms. Readers were invited to send in their own “Better Words” and the response was initially overwhelming. The novelty eventually wore off and the series was discontinued.