A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 9, 1976

Regular readers of comic strips will immediately recognize the illustration on our cover this week as the work of Cartoonist Garry Trudeau. The seven Doonesbury characters that he drew for us are the main inhabitants of Trudeau's Walden Puddle Commune: Uncle Duke, sitting smugly with an ever-present cocktail in hand, surrounded by flaky, pot-smoking Zonker Harris, Virginia, Michael J. Doonesbury himself, Joanie Caucus, football-playing B.D. and Megaphone Mark Slackmeyer, the local campus radical.

Occasionally, of course, other characters turn up in Doonesbury's world. For a while, one visitor to the commune was a...