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  1. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Luann Againn 7 days ago

    “Breck is back!”

  2. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Thatababy 8 days ago

    Well, turning to the concrete, what about “LeRoy”?

  3. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Ripley's Believe It or Not 8 days ago

    Ain’t no difference between Yakutsk and East Barnard, Vermont.

  4. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 8 days ago

    Well, God knows I could have used a unicorn at Phoebe’s age. It hadn’t been so bad when I was 5–6, because in that bedroom the spill from the hallway was focused perfectly, but the next bedroom directed the spill at the foot of the bed, so I had to lie on my stomach with my feet on the pillows to read.

  5. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 12 days ago

    The problem is that you never know what you’re missing. For years I avoided “Pride and Prejudice” in the expectation—based on the title alone—of “awful sublimity and unmitigated grimth”, but, one day, fearing that I hadn’t had as much Horrid Medicine lately as was good for me, I picked it up, and roared my ribs out at the first sentence. My wife and I spent a good deal of our honeymoon in England visiting sites connected with l’aimable Jane.

  6. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Francis 12 days ago

    Neither “O sole mio” nor “Arrivederci Roma” is from an opera; they’re just a couple of old-fashioned pop songs. And “O sole mio” isn’t even in Italian; it’s in Neapolitan.

  7. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 15 days ago

    There is a real mountain pass in Oregon named “Opie Dilldock Pass”, apparently in honor of this strip.

  8. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on New Adventures of Queen Victoria 15 days ago

    It was the original publisher that said that the grown-up Scout’s memories of her youth seemed to be interesting, and that the book should be recast to those earlier times. “Go Set a Watchman” was the original book. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was what was made out of it.

    And let me say, as someone born and raised in the USA, albeit in the North, and who is old enough to remember the 1950s and 1960s, the idea of someone like Atticus Finch turning in that direction in his later years is all too painfully believable.

  9. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Gray Matters 15 days ago

    Dad must have worked for AT&T Bell Labs, because those 16-button phones never went out to customers. (The extra buttons, running down the right side, were for back up, rewind, fast forward, etc., on telephone-dictation equipment, but they decided that just the two extra * and # buttons, together with combinations like *1, #0, etc., were just as good.)

  10. John W Kennedy GoComics Pro Member commented on Origins of the Sunday Comics 19 days ago

    There was more of a taste for that sort of thing. Read the later Oz books.