Trixie is the most popular member of the Hi and Lois cast. She gets more mail than any other character, particularly from parents who are convinced that their babies must be thinking the same thoughts.
Trixie has added many new dimensions to her personality over the years. She is appropriately cute and cuddly, but she is also resourceful, perceptive and downright defiant at times. She watches the world through the window of the Flagston home and sees things in a way no one else can.
Trixie’s sunbeam is one of Mort Walker’s most successful inspirations. “I got that idea from observing my own children,” he recounts. “It looked so cute, seeing a baby sitting in the sunlight, luxuriating in the warmth and brightness, with sparkly dust flying around, glistening in the sun’s rays.”
Readers, particularly grandparents, love Trixie and her friend the sunbeam. People are suckers for sentimentality and, as the creators of Hi and Lois, we aren’t afraid to give it to them without letting it get too saccharine.
It’s hard to keep coming up with new angles for the sunbeam. Keyholes, blinds and clouds have all been put to use. Hopefully, for the sake of our readers, the variations are endless.
– Brian Walker