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Sarge Dreams #11

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 4, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, June 4, 1967.

The film version of The Sound of Music, which was adapted from the 1959 Broadway musical composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, was released on March 2, 1965. Based on the memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, the movie starred Julie Andrews as a governess who is hired by a widowed naval officer, played by Christopher Plummer, to take care of his seven children. It was the highest grossing film of 1965 and by November 1966, became the highest grossing film of all time, a distinction it held for five years.
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Sarge Dreams #10

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 16, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, April 16, 1967.

In the first chapter of Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer (1876), Aunt Polly punishes Tom for skipping school by making him whitewash a fence.

In the second chapter, “Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden.”
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Sarge Dreams #9

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 26, 1967.

Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, February 26, 1967.

On January 14, 1941, Victor de Laveleye, former Belgian Minister of Justice, urged in a BBC broadcast that Belgians begin using a hand gesture in which the index and middle finger are parted to make a “V for victoire” sign to demonstrate solidarity against the occupying German troops. By July, use of this symbol had spread throughout Europe. On July 19, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred to it in a speech and began using the hand signal himself, often with a cigar between his fingers.
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