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Q&A: 'Cathy' comic strip ending after 34 years

'Cathy' creator calls it quits

Someone told me that the comic strip Cathy was ending. Is that right? Hope not. She's one of my favorites.

Sorry, but it's true.

Cathy, the comic strip about the problems a career-oriented woman had finding happiness, is ending after 34 years. The final daily strip runs Oct. 2; the final Sunday strip Oct. 3. (The strip doesn't run in the St. Petersburg Times but appears on the newspaper's website at

Creator Cathy Guisewite said she wants to spend more time with her daughter, who is entering her senior year of high school, and her parents, who live in Florida. "Also, I am 60 and I just realized that there is a lot more that I want to do creatively," she told the Chicago Tribune.

She doesn't argue with critics who think the cartoon is antifeminist. She told the Tribune that some stereotypes are the best to illustrate.

"The subjects like weight and style and look are these microcosms of all the extra expectations that are placed on women," she told the Tribune. "As women have become more powerful and stronger, it has become a lot more complicated for women to feel good about themselves. I like to think that Cathy is the voice for women who can't say, 'I feel stupid about something silly, but it still really ruined my day.' "

All about 'Bachelorette's' Ali

When watching this season's Bachelorette I think I heard that Ali was from Massachusetts and I was wondering if you would happen to know what town since I was born and lived in Massachusetts for many years.

According to her bio on the Bachelorette fans page ( articles/ali-fedotowskys-full-bio), Alexandra "Ali" Fedotowsky, 25, grew up in Williamstown, Mass. She went to Mount Greylock Regional High School, then graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

She moved to California for a job, and worked for four years before being chosen as a contestant for The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love earlier this year. She was among the final four choices for bachelor Jake Pavelka, but left the show to keep her marketing job at Facebook.

Because she was popular with fans of that show, she was selected to be The Bachelorette for Season 6, and on Aug. 2 chose former Tampa resident Roberto Martinez, now in the insurance business in San Diego, as her partner.

You can follow the couple at

Bonnie Hunt repeats end soon

Did Warner Bros. wise up, or did they really cancel The Bonnie Hunt Show? I know she's still on but these seem to be repeats.

The Bonnie Hunt Show was canceled, and the last original episode aired May 26. The repeats are reportedly ending in September. Fans have organized to protest the cancellation, but so far there has been no change of heart by the network.

Q&A: 'Cathy' comic strip ending after 34 years 08/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 27, 2010 2:26pm]
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