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Timeline – 1997 Part 4

Hi and Lois Sunday page December 28, 1997.

The last Sunday page of the year presents an opportunity to review the events of the previous twelve months.  In the episode above Hi and Lois are looking back at recent milestones in the life of the family.

Of course, since the characters don’t age, many of these accomplishments will be repeated year after year.  Chip’s band will get another “first gig,” Ditto will be a baseball hero again, Dot always gets straight As and Trixie will relearn how to talk.
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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.
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Timeline – 1996 Part 3

Hi and Lois Sunday page digital proof, September 15, 1996.

Without a doubt, the most iconic image from Hi and Lois is Trixie sitting in her sunbeam.  Readers frequently write that this is their favorite recurring scene in the strip.

Here is a variation that Chance Browne did for a sales brochure a few years ago.It is actually quite challenging to write gags on this theme.  We have shown the sunbeam from every angle – shining brightly through the Flagston’s large picture window or peaking timidly between venetian blinds. We’ve compared the sunbeam to a moonbeam.  We’ve shown Trixie singing songs and reciting poetry telepathically to her trusty friend.  She competes with the family pet Dawg for space in the sun. The variations are endless but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a new twist on this long-running set-up.
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