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Brian Fies

I love Agnes.

Mark Jackson

I love Agnes also.

In reference to Red and Rover, I recall the TA on the first day of my freshman physics recitation section politely asking one of my classmates to wear shoes to class in future. The TA was the Dean of Freshmen, and a bit more formal than the average Caltech graduate student, otherwise I doubt it would have been a problem.

Mike Peterson

Mark, we make allowances in that case not only for California in general but for Caltech in particular, based on the intensity of the coursework, though showing up barefoot might seem casual -- I'm willing to believe there may have been some sort of paradoxical reaction at work.

When I was majoring in Great Books, we always had St. Johns Annapolis and Santa Fe held up as the exemplar, but we sometimes heard rumors about people there being a bit driven. I dropped by the Santa Fe campus once and found one "Come join the soccer team" poster and many, many more "I'm forming a Euclid study group" sorts of notices. I also saw a couple of students headed for class in pajamas well before that became a "thing."

I don't know about Caltech, but Johnnies burn out at a prodigious rate and should be forgiven any appearance of being absent-minded-professors-in-training.

Craig L

Back to the original topic of clueless candidates, the editorial cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee (YES! THEY STILL HAVE ONE!) is staging a parody campaign for California Governor under the name Joe King.

Considering incumbent Jerry Brown (who became California's youngest Governor AND oldest Governor with a 28-year break inbetween) has just been quoted (not TOO inaccurately) as welcoming illegal aliens from Mexico into the state... and his opponent Neel Kashkari (who is unable to correctly spell either "Neil" or "Cash&Carry") is basing his campaign on a stunt where he impersonated a homeless person looking for a job (yet followed by an 'Undercover Boss'-style camera crew), Joe King's refreshing cluelessness may be just what California needs... no, wait, we had that with Schwarzenegger...


You see what a good reaction Agnes gets? There are only 2 compilations and I have them both. I wait a while and read them again and they don't seem too old. Man, I wish there could be a stack of Agnes books for every single day of comic. Truly unsung.

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