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Letter: It'd be boffo to have this comic strip

The Kingman Daily Miner continues to surprise us with unexpected comics changes, about a dozen times in the last 15 years.

Every time one of these unexpected changes occur, I dutifully remind the editor that I have been "stumping" for a "Mr. Boffo" cartoon strip in the Miner for years. (I might as well use a political term here for "promoting, advocating and asking for," since the politics of newspaper cartoon selection seems to have escaped me thus far.)

It was never adequate to simply inform the Miner's editor-in-chief of the existence of one of the funniest cartoon strips out there, or even to send in samples for consideration.

Nor was it sufficient with this editor to go out and buy a book of Mr. Boffo's cartoons and give it to him on indefinite loan, as a continual reminder in his home or office, to consider this strip the next time the newspaper comes up for a change.

One thing I have considered but haven't actually tried yet, is to bombard the Miner's entire staff with copies of the strip almost daily, until it finally "catches on."  But I would rather spend my time just reading the archives myself for some good belly-laughs. (It's very healing.)  Besides, the daily strips have now been withdrawn from the website, no doubt due to theft-of-content; but the Sunday strips are still there.

As an aside, I never made so much noise in a public library in my life as the day that I was laughing at some of the Mr. Boffo archives from the 1980s. Loud talking isn't the only thing that can get you in trouble in a library!

My only hope now, after three editor changes at the Miner, is to appeal to the readership to "storm the gates" until we prevail by increasing the "amusement level" of our Amusement page. Readers, log on to and see if you agree with me about the strip's humor content.

Rich, I want my Mr. Boffo cartoon book back!

Norman Swartz


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