Remember to Sonnet

October 7, 1996


How old is Arlo & Janis? Pretty darned old. Here, we have young Gene going to a bookshelf for inspiration. Then, he writes a love note to his friend Ruth on paper. When it is perfect, he delivers it in person. This was in 1996, so I was a little behind the curve, as usual. They probably would have exchanged emails via America Online or CompuServe, over a dial-up modem. I will say, in my defense, that A&J was one of the first strips out there to include an email address. It was “arlnjan@aol.com.” I suppose it still functions, but you needn’t bother. I haven’t checked it since the 20th Century.


27 thoughts on “Remember to Sonnet”

    • Adams first put that email address on his strip in early 1993. In late 1993 Dilbert strips, in uuencoded GIF format, began being carried on Clarinet, a commercial service distributed to subscribing Usenet servers; this is where I first encountered them. I believe they first became available on the Web when the United Media site went online in June 1994; this may be where I first encountered Arlo & Janis, which has – unfortunately, and despite my best efforts – never been carried by a newspaper local to where we were living.

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  1. You must be aware that a few days after this strip appeared, October 20th, you started a contest about “how old is Arlo?” I haven’t followed it to the conclusion but could you be headed in that direction? If you are, I promise not to look for the answer.

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    • After reading the strip I thought the same thing. I remember submitting my entry and winners received an Arlo and Janis t shirt. I did not have email at that time and had to call my sister for her to submit my entry.

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      • You’re welcome, Bookworm. They’re a hoot, aren’t they? I was reading the Al.com website and they started posting them there last year. But I found I could get them all on YouTube and I binge on them every now and again.

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