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Encyclopedia > B.D. (Doonesbury)

B.D. is a character fron Garry Trudeau's popular comic strip Doonesbury. Garry Trudeau Garretson Beekman Trudeau (born July 21, 1948) is an American cartoonist. ... Doonesbury was featured on the cover of the Feb. ...

BD was Originally introduced on September 30, 1968 in Trudeaus strip "Bull Tales" in the Yale Daily News. B.D.'s helmet is white, with a block letter "Y" for Yale. This information is from the offical Trudeau site at http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/retro/yale/yale1.html

B.D. was reintroduced in the first Doonesbury strip in 1970 in which the popular quarterback became roomate to the nerdy, awkward Mike Doonesbury. Mike and B.D. had many differences and initially couldn't stand each other. Nobody is certain what "B.D." is short for (he gives his last name as "D") but he was based on Brian Dowling, quarterback at Yale where Trudeau attended college. His full name was revealed to be Brian John Dowling (that of his real life namesake), in Doonesbury: A Musical Comedy. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Joe Montana, an American quaterback. ... Mike Doonesbury is the main character in Garry Trudeaus comic strip Doonesbury. ... Brian Dowling was the starting quarterback of the Yale University football team in the late 1960s. ... Yale can refer to an educational institution: Yale University, one of the United States oldest universities. ...

As captain of the Walden football team, he faced many tests of his short patience. His teammates could rarely keep their minds on the game, opting to have intense philosophical and political discussions during huddle. This became much worse when self-described "freak" Zonker Harris joined the team. Zonker Harris (his full name is revealed in Doonesbury: A Musical Comedy to be Edgar Zonker Harris) is the stereotypical hippie character in Garry Trudeaus comic strip Doonesbury. ...

B.D. was notable for having rather conservative views, in contrast to the more liberal beliefs of the other main characters, Mike, Mark and Zonker. He deplored welfare and marijuana use, and was a supporter of the Vietnam War. He eventually joined the army and went to Vietnam simply to get out of writing a term paper. He found military life to be a good match for him, and enjoyed his tour of duty immensely in sharp contrast to most of his colleagues. Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... Mike Doonesbury is the main character in Garry Trudeaus comic strip Doonesbury. ... Mark Slackmeyer is a character in the comic strip Doonesbury. ... Zonker Harris (his full name is revealed in Doonesbury: A Musical Comedy to be Edgar Zonker Harris) is the stereotypical hippie character in Garry Trudeaus comic strip Doonesbury. ... Welfare is financial assistance paid by the government to certain entities or groups of people who are unable to support themselves alone, or are perceived by the government to do be able to do function more effectively with financial assistance. ... Species Cannabis indica Cannabis ruderalis Cannabis sativa Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant that includes one or more species. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) United States of America South Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand the Philippines Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) Strength ~1,200,000 (1968) ~420,000 (1968) Casualties South Vietnamese dead: 1,250,000+ US dead: 58,226 US wounded...

While in Vietnam, B.D. met and befriended Phred, a Viet-Cong "terrorist" who captured him, only to get them both lost. B.D.'s like of Phred is odd considering his strict anti-communist beliefs, his black and white view of politics, and his gung-ho attitude as a soldier, but they remain friends to this day. Phred is a character in the comic strip Doonesbury. ...

After college, B.D. and Boopsie moved to Malibu, California. B.D. was a third string quarterback for the then Los Angeles Rams, a cop in the California Highway Patrol, and the coach of the football team of Walden College, his alma-mater. He also married his longtime girlfriend Boopsie, and had a daughter, Samantha. Malibu is a city located in western Los Angeles County, California. ... City St. ... Boopsie (aka Barbara Ann Boopstein) is a character in the comics strip Doonesbury. ...

One of B.D.'s odder traits was his helmet. For 34 years he was never seen without one. He wore a football helmet at college, as a coach and as a pro football player, a soldier's helmet in the army, a Policeman's helmet when he was a cop and even riot gear. His only explaination for this was "My ears stick out". In the February 21th 2006 strip he reveals that his mother used to give put helmets on him, as a mean of protection, when he was a child.

B.D. remained in the reserves for years, being called up for the Gulf War, and to keep order after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. He was sent to fight the Iraq War. Combatants U.S.-led coalition Iraq Commanders George H. W. Bush, Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell Saddam Hussein Strength 660,000 ~545,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 - 100,000 dead, 100,000 - 300,000 wounded The 1991 Gulf War (also Persian Gulf War) was a conflict between... The World Trade Center in New York City (sometimes informally referred to as the WTC or the Twin Towers) was a complex of seven buildings mostly designed by Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The Iraq War (2003-present) is an ongoing conflict in Iraq, which began with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and continues to the present in the form of an insurgent rebellion, which is partly believed to be assisted by Muslim militant groups like...

The helmet finally came off on April 21, 2004 when, while serving in Iraq, B.D. lost a leg. His friend and fellow soldier Ray Hightower got him airlifted to safety in time, and he survives as an above-the-knee amputee. He has successfully gone through physical therapy and can walk with the aid of a high-tech prosthetic "C-leg". His only reflection on losing the helmet was "Oh yeah, my helmet. What was up with that?". April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. ...

Although he is physically in good condition, his mental state has deteriorated since returning home. B.D. began drinking too much, suffered from nightmares and became highly irritable. Realizing the seriousness of his problems, he entered therapy in January 2006. B.D. shows great reluctance or even fear about discussing his Iraq service with the counselor; which it is hinted stems from guilt over unstated involvement in war crimes.

Chronology of major events

  • First appearance, wearing a white helmet with a star (the star is later revealed to be green): 26 October 1970
  • Becomes a third-string quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, now wears that team's helmet: 12 December 1984
  • Returns to wearing his Walden College helmet: 3 August 1987
  • Retires from professional sports: 16 August 1987
  • Called up for the first Persian Gulf War: 5 September 1990
  • Changes helmet to desert camouflage: 10 September 1990
  • Field promoted to Sergeant:
  • Returns home from first Gulf War: 6 May 1991
  • Marries Boopsie: 20 April 1992
  • Called up again to protect Los Angeles after the start of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots: 12 May 1992
  • Joins the California Highway Patrol, changes helmet: 9 September 1992
  • Moves back to Walden to coach the football team:
  • Promoted to Army Lieutenant:
  • Called up for the second Gulf War:
  • Loses leg, and helmet: 21 April 2004



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