Timeline – 2002 Part 3

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 28, 2002.

The Sunday page above features a character that was first introduced in 2002.  At that time, the Beetle Bailey creative team decided that Camp Swampy needed a technology officer.

On May 6 (below) a new face appeared on Mort Walker’s drawing board and readers were invited to send in names for the cyberwhiz.  More than 84,000 submissions were received.On June 25, Mort Walker and Secretary of State Colin Powell announced the winners – four IT managers from the State Department in the Foreign Affairs Systems Integration Office. Melinda Isachsen, Bob King, Ken Hill and Earl Hemminger, called themselves “Team CG.”

Timeline – 2002 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, March 24, 2002.

When the Sunday page above was published, the Army was in the process of closing military camps around the country. After the Cold War ended, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) was a congressionally authorized program in which the federal government began consolidating and reorganizing its operations to improve the efficiency of the Department of Defense.  In five rounds, beginning in 1988 and continuing in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 2005, 350 installations were shut down.