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 “firstname.lastname@example.org.” I suppose it still functions, but you needn’t bother. I haven’t checked it since the 20th Century.