Lynn's Comments: Every Christmas I write a newsletter to my friends and family about stuff we've done over the past 12 months. For this I rely heavily on my old paper calendars, and I've kept them for years. Each one is like a diary—a record of our lives.
Lynn's Comments: This punchline comes from my own childhood. My dad was a great pal to my brother and I when we were young. He'd play outside, letting us ride on his back, swinging us around and showing us how to make horns out of dandelion stems. Inside, he'd play board games and sing children's songs, strumming the chords on his guitar. He was a big kid at heart! When we grew too old for these things, he was a bit lost—he couldn't quite believe we had outgrown the things he so enjoyed. I remember the little kids in the neighbourhood coming to the front door and asking, "Can Mr. Ridgway come out to play?"
Lynn's Comments: I clearly remember sucking my thumb. I think I did this until I was in grade one. I remember the feel and the taste and the comfort. The good thing about thumbs (I thought at the time) is that they are permanently attached and always available.
Lynn's Comments: I loved working with Miss Edwards. She allowed me to pontificate on issues I thought were important...without everyone thinking it was me!
Lynn's Comments: This reminds me of a story. My friend Mike Peters, who does the wonderful comic strip "Mother Goose and Grimm," told me that his daughter once left her lunch at home and he decided to take it to the school himself. Knowing she'd be thoroughly embarrassed to see him at the door of her classroom with her lunch in hand...he dressed as Superman. He burst into her class holding out the lunch, cape flying, and shouting, "Superman to the rescue!!" She was speechless...and will tell you today that it was one of the craziest things that had ever happened to her. Needless to say, his daughter never forgot her lunch again!
Lynn's Comments: Baby April was so much fun to work with. I have always thanked my friend Cathy Guisewite for suggesting that I create her! That sounds strange, doesn't it.
Lynn's Comments: This strip became the title of one of the annual collection books. Finding a title was often the hardest part of putting a book together. I always tried to find the title in the text of the strips that appeared in that book.
Lynn's Comments: Sunday pages gave me the opportunity to stretch things out. It was especially enjoyable when I could come up with TV jargon and funny game show dialogue. "I'll take a P" and the subject of cross-dressing were against the censorship rules, but in a case like this, it was lost in the mix. Great fun.
Lynn's Comments: We're living in Vancouver now, so I sure don't miss the snow! The rain, however, is worth grousing about!
Lynn's Comments: This is one of my LEAST funny punch lines. Oh well, you can't win 'em all!
Lynn's Comments: They say that each car has a "face." By the way the lights are placed and the grill is shaped, a car can have a real personality. One of the Volkswagens was designed to have such a visible face that eyelashes were created just to augment the illusion! I noticed recently that the new Lexus has a face...it looks surprisingly like a boss I once had. If I owned a Lexus, I'd call it "Mitch."
Lynn's Comments: My daughter saved up for her first car. She was so excited about buying one. She had a used car picked out and was ready to negotiate the price, but the salesman kept referring to her dad. Eventually, her dad told the salesman to talk to the actual buyer! Kate took the reins and negotiated a great deal. It was a high five for all of us!
Lynn's Comments: This is one of the first instances where we see Gordon's interest in vehicles.