September 2nd, 2017
by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, January 21, 1968.
A reader once wrote to Mort Walker about an episode of Hi and Lois she had seen in the newspaper. “You must have been looking through my window,” she exclaimed, “because the same thing happened to me.” King Features Syndicate has used this quote many times in their sales brochures to describe the unique appeal of the strip. Hi and Lois has maintained its popularity by reflecting the daily experiences of family life that millions of people share.
In 1957, radio and television personality Art Linkletter published a best-selling book, Kids Say the Darndest Things, which was based on interviews he did with children on his long-running shows, House Party and People are Funny.
This book inspired Mort to do a series of Hi and Lois Sunday pages that asked the question “Did you…?” and ended with the phrase, “Welcome to the Human Race.”
The installment above explores how people often forget what it was they originally planned to do or fail to follow their intended purposes. Life is full of contradictions. If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, then you are a full-blooded member of the human race.
We hope you have enjoyed this Sunday page from our archives. Next week we will continue our Timeline series, so check back.
– Brian Walker
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