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April 21, 2004

After 35 years, all is revealed

DallasNews.com | B.D.'s war wound drawn from real life

In “Doonesbury” today, former Yale star quarterback B.D. lost his leg in action in Iraq. In the strip, B.D. is a Vietnam vet (who befriended a Viet Cong named Phred while both were lost in the jungle), who was called to active duty as a reservist.

For me, the funny thing is ... I didn't notice B.D.'s missing limb, revealed in the last panel, because he is, for the first time in 35 years, not wearing a helmet. In every other appearance (doubtless thousands), he's wearing either a football helmet or an Army helmet.

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