Dick Tracy by Mike Curtis and Shelley Pleger for December 17, 2017

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    Pequod  over 4 years ago

    Beautiful day in the neighborhood. Bribery takes a run

    Loves the risk on a morning brisk. Daring danger makes things fun.

    The story goes his little rose is told of all his schemes

    Plots bad deeds and plants ill seeds, both awake and in his dreams.

    His niece is back from Europe. The school taught her well

    “Giggle-snort” is her retort. Her Uncle thinks she’s swell.

    Now in the zone he picks up speed, as skinny as a rail

    Passes other runners along the crowded jogging trail.

    A lady jogger in his way is hip-checked to the street

    Bus driver breaks a bit too late, it seems she is dead meat.

    What a hubbub this does cause, as Bribery sprints away

    To do such harm and cause alarm, this surely makes his day.

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    22ph  over 4 years ago

    Bribery used his brand of krav maga to clear his path 8D

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    Ray Toler  over 4 years ago

    Today we mourn the death of our dear friend, Vista Bill. According to his daughter’s post on his Facebook page, he passed away suddenly.

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    avenger09  over 4 years ago

    The battle has begun

    Awareness fading like the setting sun

    Must not allow myself to succumb

    To the drowsiness that is overwhelming me

    “Stay awake!” I plead within

    To sleep would be a grievous sin

    Shortly Sunday will finally begin

    And my Tracy fix will be fed

    “What’s This I read?” Understand I don’t

    “Surely it’s a mistake or a joke”

    The pain is more than a Stooged fingered poke

    I didn’t stay up for this

    Alas the joke is always on me

    A lesson learned and forgotten with glee

    Just wait seven days I’ll be here, you’ll see

    Smiling or frowning I’ll have to wait and see.

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    avenger09  over 4 years ago

    Goodbye VistaBill, our hearts are truly broken. You were a rock in this insanity called Tracyville. You will never be forgotten.

    God’s peace and comfort to Bills family and friends in this time of great sorrow.

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    Gweedo -it's legal here- Murray  over 4 years ago

    The chill of December

    makes me remember

    the loss of so great a member

    as our own Vista Bill

    who has rode the last hill

    for the last time.


    Keep a channel open for us in the great Broadcast booth in the sky, Bill !  BMBG forever !!!

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    blunebottle  over 4 years ago

    Somehow, I just don’t feel like commenting on Bribery today.

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    mikatt1  over 4 years ago

    So sorry to hear of Vista Bill’s passing I always enjoyed his posts.

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    Ken in Ohio  over 4 years ago

    God’s peace to the family of Vista Bill, our friend and a gentleman!

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    Jonathan K.  over 4 years ago

    I am sad to learn that the rumours are true. We have lost Vista Bill. It seemed unusual that he hadn’t posted anything since Wednesday and I was afraid something had happened. His final post read “I’m on a mixed schedule these days,” which made me think of doctors’ appointments.

    William Raley was truly a gentleman whose postings were enjoyed by many people here. I always looked forward to his daily “Good morning, guys!” greetings.

    My condolences and prayers go out to the Raley family and friends.

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    corpcasselbury  over 4 years ago

    To Vista Bill I say, “Good night, sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”.

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    jrankin1959  over 4 years ago

    My condolences to Vista Bill’s family.

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    jrankin1959  over 4 years ago

    And, You’re a mean one, Mr. Grin…

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    Gweedo -it's legal here- Murray  over 4 years ago

    Syd’s daughter came on here.. I hope Bill’s does too !

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    Little Rascal  over 4 years ago

    So sorry to hear about Vista Bill. He made this group special.

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    Durak Premium Member over 4 years ago

    What a great bunch of folks. I am proud that so many genuinely care about the loss of Vista Bill. It would take news like this to so completely overshadow what Mr. Bribery has done today, a deed most foul.

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    kantuck-nadie  over 4 years ago

    My grandmother always told me from a young age to respect our elders, to listen to them, and to learn from them, most of all love them. Mr. Raely may not have liked me, but he never disrespected me either privately to me, or in public. Which gained my respect, for I’ve been insulted and even attacked before by others.

    I saw Mr. Raely as the soul of the strip, and our elder in which we should respect and admire.

    hilayui itsula ditlohisdi siquu galv, atsiladiyega

    (When we meet again, Honored elder)

    - Kan

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    Cheapskate0  over 4 years ago

    What with VB ‘s passing, not sure if I should post anything. I was going to say something about jogging trails. Here, in Denver, the contest between hikers and bikers is getting intense. As for me, I used to love going up Pike’s Peak. But it’s been pretty much spoiled by all those bikers who like to be driven to the top, only to coast downhill, unable to stop, and driving climbers off the trail! // None of this exonerates Bribery, of course. But my sympathies might have been affected if that were a biker he just threw under the bus!

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    Cheapskate0  over 4 years ago

    That said, what a truly stupid thing Bribery has done! Earlier this week, comments were that Bribery was foolish for jogging in public. If he wasn’t high profile then, he sure is now! (Downtown jogging trails around here have cameras on them)

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    bluegirl285  over 4 years ago

    Goodbye and Godspeed, Vista Bill. As for Bribery, I’m pretty sure the jog and pushing that lady is part of the plan he cooked up with Sawtooth.

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    kantuck-nadie  over 4 years ago

    A tribute to Vista Bill: At :26 you can just make out what we all are thinking;

    “Too Soon”


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    ElGato  over 4 years ago

    My sincere condolence to family and friends of Vista Bill. May he rest in peace.

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    BreathlessMahoney77  over 4 years ago

    I bet God & St. Peter received a “Good Morning, guys!” like they never heard before.

    R.I.P., Vista Bill, and may the many happy memories you surely left behind to your many friends & loved ones assuage their grief in the days ahead.

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    BreathlessMahoney77  over 4 years ago

    Regarding today’s strip, this seems to leave Lee in a difficult spot. Did she witness this murder & if so, can she just stand by without arresting Bribery now?

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    Night-Gaunt49  over 4 years ago

    “Ode To Vista Bill Raily”

    The shade is drawn, the night is long, the wolves howl looking for the moon. But the moon has set and there is no threat just darkness for the rest will be soon. The cemetery has a new guest. Make him welcome. He is a friend sit down and jest. Life may be over the eternity is always there, ready for all of us some time anywhere. We lost one what a guy, he will be missed, I feel a tear in my eye. Good night Sweet cow poke we say all that we love about you will not be forgotten by us. A prince of a man was he.

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    margueritem  over 4 years ago

    So sorry to hear about this from Gweedo Murray today. R.I.P. Dear Bill. He sent me a picture of his two great grandchildren in his Christmas card. He was very proud of them. We’ll all miss him.

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    Sisyphos  over 4 years ago

    Chillingly cold action from Mr. Bribery today. Could this lead to his downfall? One might hope so.

    I posted a notice of the passing of William K. “Vista Bill” Raley here late yesterday. Let me add to it by saying that he was like a Protective Spirit hovering over this page, a true gentleman, one whom I thought of as a real friend though we had not met in person, and who was also a Friend on that social networking site [whose name I choose not to use; it doesn’t need free publicity from me]. His cheery greeting and good-hearted fun will be missed here, but not forgotten. Rest In Peace, Vista Bill!

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    Kaeto  over 4 years ago

    For Vista Bill “May ye be a half an hour in Heaven afore the Devil knows you’re dead.”


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    Night-Gaunt49  over 4 years ago

    I couldn’t bring myself to concentrate on the strip today. Probably tomorrow.

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    DaleMcNamee  over 4 years ago

    Sorry for the late response to Vista Bill’s death… My condolences to his family and his friends, including the Dick Tracy community…

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    fredville  over 4 years ago

    ….just got back in town and to this strip and read the sad news. I have been coming here for many years, and it almost seemed like Vista Bill was the emcee introducing the strip daily to us. You can tell just what a class act he was by the response to his passing; a mountain of comments filled with love, praise, and great memories! R.I.P Vista Bill

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