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Timeline – 1998 Part 2

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, July 19, 1998.

It was a big fad back in the late 1990s. Beanie Babies were plush animals filled with plastic pellets.  The nine original characters introduced by Ty Inc. in 1993 were Legs the Frog, Squealer the Pig, Spot the Dog, Flash the Orca, Splash the Whale, Chocolate the Moose, Patti the Platypus, Brownie the Bear and Pinchers the Lobster.They didn’t sell well at first, but Ty released each generation in limited quantities that were retired before the next generation came out. In 1996, tags were added that identified their date of birth with a four-line poem about the character.
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Timeline – 1998 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, February 8, 1998.

In this Sunday page, Miss Buxley is encouraging Beetle to apply to Officer’s school. He responds with a speech about the important role that privates have played throughout history.

Private is the lowest rank in the U.S. Army. There are two levels.  The PV1, sometimes know as a “recruit” wears no uniform rank insignia.  A PV2 has a single chevron.  Advancement to PV2 is usually automatic after six months of service. Even though Beetle has been in the army for over sixty years, he doesn’t have a chevron, so he’s probably a PV1.
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Timeline – 1997 Part 1

Beetle Bailey Sunday page digital proof, April 4, 1997.

In last week’s post we documented the original “Sarge Dreams” series that ran between 1964 and 1974.  Since that time we have revisited this theme on numerous occasions.  The episode above was inspired by some of the classic horror films of my youth.
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