@Fuddy Duddy –You raised some interesting questions yesterday evening. By the time I read them, however, it was time for me to hit the sack. I would like to respond now, if you please.Should the Benders “bow out gracefully” as I suggested, I realize the possibility of the strip being discontinued. It may be that the Benders actually own Alley Oop and if they retire, it just might mean that this historical comic strip would go the way of Pogo and Li’l Abner. I’d certainly hate for that to happen. But they will retire someday. Such is inevitable. What I am advocating is that now, in the twilight of the Benders’ career, that they graciously turn the strip over to a team who are more capable of showing the care and respect for this historical comic strip that it deserves. I want Alley Oop to continue, like Gasoline Alley and Dick Tracy. If that’s not possible, then the other option would be reruns, like is being done with Tarzan and Peanuts. But certainly, the demise of the strip would not be an option that any of us would desire.