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Ask the Times: What happened to Daisy's puppies (in 'Blondie')?

Daisy's puppies a tough draw

This question has been buzzing around in my head for years: Whatever happened to all the puppies that Dagwood Bumstead's dog, Daisy, had?

Chic Young started the strip Blondie in 1930. Dagwood Bumstead was a playboy from a wealthy family and Blondie Boopadoop was a "flapper" who frequented dance halls.

They fell in love and got married in 1933, and Dagwood's father promptly disinherited him for marrying "beneath his class." So Dagwood and Blondie began their ordinary middle-class life, complete with a two-story home in the suburbs, an office job for Dagwood and a mutt named Daisy.

In 1934, the Bumsteads welcomed a son, Alexander, into the home, and shortly after that Daisy had a litter of five pups — four females and a mischievous male named Elmer. The puppies appeared in the strips for years before suddenly vanishing. Where did they go?

Dean Young, who lives in Clearwater and took over the strip after his father died in 1973, had this to say in 2005 during an online chat marking the strip's 75th birthday:

Q: Gosh, Daisy must be 550 years old! Are her pups ever going to make another appearance?

Dean Young: No. The pups, I imagine, are somewhere in the neighborhood, but, in my tenure, I found that drawing five little puppies in each panel was more than I can bear.

ABC's 'Eastwick' not renewed

I was wondering what happened to the show Witches of Eastwick. It was on last season on ABC. I thought it was the best. Do you know if any of the stars are working on any other series?

The series, based on the book and movie The Witches of Eastwick, was called Eastwick. ABC decided not to renew it for a second season. None of the main performers is in a new series.

Look for 'Big Brother' in July

When will Big Brother be back?

The series begins a new season on July 8.

'Defying Gravity' is lost in space

I just finished watching Defying Gravity on DVD. I know the show was canceled by ABC, but not why. I thought it was good. Any chance another network may bring it back? Syfy channel seems like a good fit.

The series did not deliver the audience ABC hoped for (although there's some question whether ABC really tried to make it a hit). The sets have been destroyed and the actors released from their contracts, so any revival would be a long shot. But the show did have long-term plans, and you can find an interview with series creator James D. Parriott at www.cliqueclack.com/tv (type Parriott into the site search engine) where he details what was going to happen next.

Ask the Times: What happened to Daisy's puppies (in 'Blondie')? 06/10/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:17pm]
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