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Uncle Duke is a fictional character in the comic strip Doonesbury. He is nominally Zonker Harris's uncle, although early in the Doonesbury continuity he was established as a Harris family friend, making him an "uncle by courtesy" only. Duke himself seems to remember winning Zonker in a poker game. Duke's appearance and mannerisms are heavily based on the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (see Raoul Duke). Between 7 March 2005 (roughly two weeks after Thompson's suicide) and 12 March 2005, the strip even ran what was referred to as a tribute, with Uncle Duke lamenting the death of the man he called his "inspiration." The first of these strips[1] featured a panel with artwork similar to that of Ralph Steadman, who illustrated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Doonesbury was featured on the cover of the Feb. ... 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. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... A noted Gurung tradition is the institution of “Rodi” where teenagers form fictive kinship bonds and become Rodi members to socialize, perform communal tasks, and find marriage partners. ... Gonzo Journalism is a journalistic style, most famously used by Hunter S. Thompson. ... Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. ... Raoul Duke was the pseudonym used by Hunter S. Thompson for the character based on him in his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. ... March 7 is the 66th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (67th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (72nd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ralph Steadman (born Wallasey, May 15, 1936) is a British cartoonist and caricaturist. ...

Uncle Duke
Uncle Duke

Some people regard Uncle Duke, a rabid controlled-substances buff, as "the High Lord of Inner Space," but he is really, as his son would describe him, "Forrest Gump's evil twin", a devious and hardworking scam artist with a cynical sense of humour. He has had a lot of adventures over the years, and has held many different jobs, some distinguished and political in nature, others decidedly not. Image File history File links Uncleduke. ... Image File history File links Uncleduke. ... Forrest Gump is a 1985 novel by Winston Groom, a 1994 film adaptation, and the name of the title character of both. ... A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ...

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Biography

Duke's early life is murky, but it is almost certain that he had a father, and was born in a hospital. While he was Ambassador to China, his mother sent him a Christmas gift. "Duke" was the only name he was ever given in the strip--it is not even clear whether Duke is his first or last name; however, the obituary excerpt on the back of the Doonesbury book "Death of a Party Animal" gives his full name as "Raoul Duke". (References in the strip to him as "Governor Duke" and "Ambassador Duke" would also support the idea that "Duke" is his last name.) He recalls that he was born wearing Ray Ban sunglasses, and is almost never seen without them. Raoul Duke was the pseudonym used by Hunter S. Thompson for the character based on him in his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. ... Ray Ban is a manufacturer of sunglasses, founded in 1937 by Bausch & Lomb, on commission of the United States Air Force. ...


Duke is unique among Doonesbury characters in that he does not seem to age; the only major physical transformation he has gone through has been a lightening of his hair from dark brown to sandy brown. Even as other members of the cast have gone from young adulthood to middle age since the strip began, Duke has been consistently portrayed as being in what appear to be his mid-to-late forties. This oddity appears to go unnoticed by the rest of the cast, although this may be because Duke's globetrotting usually keeps him away from the other characters (with the exception of Honey) and it's rare that he ever interacts with any of them. Other theories include that this is a holdover from when he was "zombified" (although he was not dead in any clinical sense) and also that he has so many substances constantly coursing through him that he is somehow preserved, almost like a mummy. A mummy is a corpse whose skin and dried flesh have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold or dryness, or airlessness. ...


Duke vs. John Denver

At some point he acquired a dislike for John Denver, who for a period of time was his next door neighbor, and made a habit of shooting icicles off of Denver's porch roof with a high powered rifle. To this day the song "Rocky Mountain High" sends him into a violent frenzy. Despite theories by many of Duke's fans, Trudeau has refused to confirm or deny any complicity on Duke's part in the death of Denver in an ultralight flying accident. The closest he has come to commenting on the matter comes from the FAQ pages on the official Doonesbury Website. Although the original entry was more caustic towards readers demanding that Trudeau make parody of a tragic event, the current FAQ entry regarding Duke's reaction to Denver's death now reads as follows: John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... Rocky Mountain High is a folk/rock song written by John Denver and Mike Taylor about Colorado. ...

Q: Will Duke react to John Denver's death? --E. Zuckerman
A: Fortunately, Duke is not in charge of his own storylines. Readers will be spared his grotesque, loathsome reaction.

Career Path(s)

The 1970's

Since his first appearance in the strip, Duke has assumed many career hats, each one arguably more outlandish than the previous. When first introduced, Duke was working as a writer under Jann Wenner for Rolling Stone magazine, much to Wenner's chagrin and aggravation over Duke's inability to meet deadlines and/or maintain coherency within the confines of his articles. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music, politics and popular culture. ...


While still on the staff of Rolling Stone, on a lark Duke applied for the position of Governor of American Samoa, and to his - and everyone else's - surprise, was actually appointed to the post by Congress. His term as the Governor was a period unlike anything the island's inhabitants had ever seen, a term that saw one crisis after another plague the island. Most notable of these crises were a series of natural disasters precipitated by a volcano virgin's refusal to sacrifice herself to a volcano god as scheduled, and a hostage crisis instigated by Duke himself that resulted in a US rescue operation highlighted by the rescue force's inability to locate American Samoa. During this period, Duke also recruited his nephew, Zonker Harris, as the Lieutenant Governor, who accepted the assignment for the sole purpose of acquiring the perfect tan. A congress is a gathering of people, especially a gathering for a political purpose. ... 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. ...


Despite these events, then-President Gerald Ford expressed his positive impression with Duke's "knack for diplomacy", and appointed him as Ambassador to People's Republic of China where he served from 1976 to 1977, before being recalled by newly-elected President Carter. While in China he met translator Honey Huan, his future aide and devoted companion. Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... Honey Huan is a character in the comic strip Doonesbury Honey is from China, and first appeared when Uncle Duke became an ambassador there, as his assistant and translator. ...


Following his "triumph" in Peking, Mr. Duke attempted a brief career as a laetrile farmer. He then made a name for himself as General Manager of the Washington Redskins, having been hired for his expertise in "sports medicine". His experience in packing heat led him to serve as a lobbyist for the NRA. Amygdalin (from the Greek amugdale, almond), C20H27NO11, is a glucoside isolated from bitter almonds by H. E. Robiquet and A. F. Boutron-Charlard in 1830, and subsequently investigated by Liebig and Wöhler, and others. ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Vinny Cerrato Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... National Rifle Association logo This article concerns the National Rifle Association of the USA. For the UK organisation, see National Rifle Association, UK The National Rifle Association, or NRA, is a non-profit group for the promotion of marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and personal protection firearm...


The "53rd Hostage"

The NRA gig led to in what most fans and critics consider the most media-watched Duke story ever told by Trudeau, as Duke became "the 53rd hostage" of the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. While acting as an NRA lobbyist, Duke was offered a job by Universal Petroleum to negotiate with officials in Iran for oil rights. As this was a clandestine mission - Duke was required to parachute into Tehran due to travel restrictions - events naturally took a turn for the worse, and Duke was captured by revolutionary forces. After Trudeau showed Duke in a cliffhanger attempt to bargain for his life before a firing squad, he was not seen in the strip for 17 months; Trudeau vowed that Duke would remain as a hostage so long as the US Embassy hostages remained in captivity. During this period, attempts were made by Duke's caretaker, Zeke Brenner, to have Duke legally declared deceased after having written a "tell-all" book on his employer. However, Zeke's efforts were thwarted by Zonker, who was declared Duke's sole heir in his will, and subsequently placed Duke's estate in escrow. A blindfolded American hostage is paraded by members of the Muslim Student Followers of the Imams Line. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Tehran (IPA: ; Persian: تهران, also transliterated as Teheran or Tehrān), population (as of 2005) 7,314,000 (metropolitan: 12,151,000), and a land area of 658 square kilometers, is the capital city of Iran (Persia) and the center of Tehran Province. ... Zeke Brenner is a character in the comics strip Doonesbury. ...


The 1980's

Upon release, Duke first attempted to seek revenge against Zeke - not only for the attempts to have Duke declared legally deceased, but for refusing to send Duke his stash of Krugeraands he needed to negotiate his release - and after only wounding his former employee, settled down to a new career as a drug smuggler in Florida. This new career move was cut short by an ill-timed sightseeing cruise to the Falkland Islands during the Falklands War. Duke and Honey ended up on a desert island, where they survived for months, believing themselves to be stranded in the Atlantic, until he took a pair of bird watchers hostage, who summarily informed him that he was on Matagorda Island, a few miles from the mainland of Texas. These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration In jurisdictions where legislation restricts or prohibits the sale of certain popular drugs, it is common for an illegal drugs trade to develop. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Combatants United Kingdom Argentina Casualties 258 killed [1] 777 wounded 59 taken prisoner 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner The Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas) was fought in 1982 between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich... Matagorda Island is a 38-mile-long barrier island on the Texas Gulf coast, about seven miles south of Port OConnor. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Following his rescue from Matagorda, Duke became entangled in Hollywood politics, encountering "superagent" Sid Kibbitz. Kibbitz represented Duke in negotiations for a John De Lorean biopic project entitled "Fast Lanes, White Lines". Not surprisingly, the subject wound up leading to Duke and Honey being the target of a major cocaine bust. Shortly after, Trudeau took a 22 month hiatus (from January 1983 to October 1984), during which he helped create a Doonesbury Broadway production. The Broadway show, entitled Doonesbury: A Musical Comedy. While the fate of Duke following the cocaine bust was covered in the plot of the musical - Duke is found guilty, sentenced to five years probation, and required by the court to open and manage a drug rehabilitation center for that period - most readers were unaware of these events due to the show's short run and limited publicity. At the end of the musical, Duke's efforts to sieze the Walden Commune so it can be razed and the land used for the rehab center are thwarted, and Trudeau has stated in interviews and on the official website FAQ that, while not shown in the musical, both Duke and Honey were forced to flee the country afterwards. Sid Kibbitz is a fictional character from the popular comic strip Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


Following the hiatus, Duke and Honey opened the Baby Doc College of Offshore Medicine in Haiti, where Zonker was admitted as a medical student not because of his grades - which were unsurprisingly low - but because the volleball team needed his talent. Discovered by Honey as "more inert than usual" one morning, Duke was pronounced dead. The death was portrayed by Trudeau seriously enough that the St. Petersburg Times ran a full obituary for Duke. Jean-Claude Duvalier (nicknamed Bébé Doc or Baby Doc) (born July 3, 1951) was Haiti from 1971 to 1986. ... Logo of the St. ...


However, unknown to all but Trudeau, but suspected by fans, Duke was in fact not dead, but merely "zombified" and taken into slavery. He winds up being purchased by the deposed tyrant Duvalier, and becomes his footservant now responding only to the name of "Legume". A side effect of the zombie process resulted in Duke losing nearly all his hair, which almost prevented reporter Rick Redfern from recognizing "Legume" as the former Ambassador when Redfern interviewed Duvalier while in exile. Redfern notified Zonker of Duke's existence, upon which Zonker arranged to buy Duke's freedom using most of the $23 million dollar (USD) lottery he'd recently won. A participant in a Zombie Walk event in Calgary This article is about the undead. ... Jean-Claude Duvalier (nicknamed Bébé Doc or Baby Doc) (born July 3, 1951) was Haiti from 1971 to 1986. ... Rick Redfern is a character in the comics strip Doonesbury. ...


Back on his feet, Duke founded the Dr. Whoopee condom company, but lost control of it following a bad financial deal with John Gotti. Afterwards, Duke took a much-deserved rest in Bellevue, which was followed by a return to active duty as captain of Donald Trump's executive cruise ship, the Trump Princess. During his captaincy, Honey returned to Bejing for a college reunion, which led to her inadvertent involvement in the Tiananmen Square uprising. After seeking refuge in the U.S. Embassy after being named one of China's "25 most-wanted hooligans", Duke then smuggled Honey out of China and she begame his constant companion. A 67 m long condom on the Obelisk of Buenos Aires, Argentina, part of an awareness campaign for the 2005 World AIDS Day A condom is a device, usually made of latex, or more recently polyurethane, that is used during sexual intercourse. ... For other people named John Gotti, see John Gotti (disambiguation). ... Donald John Trump, Sr. ... (help· info) (IPA pei˩ tɕɪŋ˦), a city in northern China (formerly known in western, democratic cultures as Peking or Peiking), is the capital of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ...


Tapped by President George H. W. Bush, Duke served as Maximum Proconsul in post-invasion Panama. George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States of America serving from 1989 to 1993. ...


The 1990's

Afterwards, Duke smuggled arms to the underground resistance in Kuwait during the first Gulf War, then opened Club Scud, a popular wartime watering hole in Kuwait City. After working on David Duke's campaign, he began selling doctored photos of the John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas, Texas to conspiracy theorists. Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf Saddam Hussein Strength 660,000 360,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 dead, 75,000 wounded The Persian Gulf War or The Gulf War (1990–1991) was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of approximately 30... Kuwait City Kuwait City (also Al-Kuwait - الكويت), population 305,694 (1998), is the capital of the emirate of Kuwait and part of the Al-Asimah goveronate. ... David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is a former Louisiana Republican state representative, and former Imperial Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. ... President Kennedy, with his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally in the Presidential limousine shortly before the assassination. ...      Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City 997. ... A conspiracy theory is a theory that defies common historical or current understanding of events, under the claim that those events are the result of manipulations by two or more individuals or various secretive powers or conspiracies. ...


After the Republican revolution of 1994 Duke appealed to Speaker Newt Gingrich to help him open a low budget, privatized orphanage titled "Nothin' But Orphans." One of his first charges, according to the DNA test results, was one of his long-lost sons, Earl. Abandoning the orphans and Ms. Huan, father and son lived in a trailer in Las Vegas, gaming and trafficking in stolen Beanie Babies. The U.S. House election, 1994 was an election for the United States House of Representatives in 1994 which occurred in the middle of President Bill Clintons first term. ... Newton Leroy Gingrich (born June 17, 1943) is an American politician who is best known as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... Teddy Beanie Baby A Beanie Baby is a stuffed animal filled with plastic pellets, or beans, rather than stuffing (see PVC). ...


He spent some time in the early nineties as a bodyguard for Ollie North. When asked by Honey why North needed a bodyguard Duke replied "The Colonel's got enemies- powerful enemies!" When pressed he admitted, "Well, so far they're mostly imaginary." North was slow to trust him; but Duke soon became a key part of his security during his campaign for senator in Virginia. Lt-Col. ... A senate is a deliberative body, often the upper house or chamber of a legislature. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...


Duke 2000 And Beyond

Duke ran for the White House after a short stretch as a key advisor to Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His campaign, headquartered in a motel in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was a resounding failure, despite corporate sponsorships by heavy hitters Lipton Tea and Absolut Vodka. (Through the magic of motion capture technology, Duke was able to announce his candidacy in the real world on Larry King Live.) A successful business trafficking in stem cells was followed by a lucrative involvement in the messy fallout from the Enron scandal. As conflict with Iraq loomed, Duke made a return to government work, taking up a post as Viceroy-in-Waiting. Jesse Ventura (born 15 July 1951, as James George Janos) is an American politician, Navy UDT, professional wrestler, actor, and radio talk show host. ... A tin of Lipton Finest Earl Grey Lipton is the worlds biggest tea brand, selling both hot and iced tea around the world. ... Absolut Vodka is a Swedish brand of vodka, owned by V&S Group, and produced at their facilities near Ã…hus, SkÃ¥ne in southern Sweden. ... Motion capture, or mocap, is a technique of digitally recording the movements of real things — usually humans — it originally developed as an analysis tool in biomechanics research, but has grown increasingly important as a source of motion data for computer animation. ... Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by broadcaster and writer Larry King. ... Mouse embryonic stem cells. ... Enron Corporation was an American energy company based in Houston, Texas. ...


During the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Duke installed himself as mayor of the (fictional) Iraqi city of Al Amok. In late September 2005, Duke escaped Iraq and relocated again to New Orleans to profit from the reconstruction efforts after Hurricane Katrina and Rita. It was during this time that after years of verbal abuse and ignorance - with the "final straw" being that she was living in a lifeboat while Duke occupied a first-class suite - Honey finally abandoned Duke and went to find a new life partying at Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. It is the final day of Carnival (English:IPA: and Romance languages:IPA: ). It is a celebration that is held just before the beginning of the Christian liturgical season...


Current Events

Since his separation from Honey, Duke has reunited with his son Earl, now a Washington lobbyist using Duke's knowledge of indigenous people to secure lucrative contracts with Native American tribes. It has been revealed that Duke was somewhat comatose during the entire period he spent as a lobbyist working with Earl, and only recently has awakened to the surprise that, while comatose, he was Washington's most effective and successful lobbyist.


References

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