If you haven’t read about it, down here we are suffering from red tide. It’s caused by a growth of a toxic algae which is very irritating to the eyes, throat and nasal passages. I mentioned it a while back. It still hasn’t gone away. This is a long outbreak compared to others. Some said it was triggered by the release of water from Lake Okeechobee, which is full of algae. Years ago the Army Corps of Engineers put dikes around the lake. They knew more about what’s good for the environment that ol’ Mom Nature. When I was a boy we had two particularly bad outbreaks. This was in the early 50s. Dead fish were piled up on the beaches. The men would dig holes in the sand and bury them. I lived right across from the beach in the trailer park, and the gas from the rotting fish and the algae were unbearable. Air conditioning helps. Back then we didn’t have any. This current outbreak is very bad. It is even killing dolphins and manatees.
This is the first Sunday strip. It appeared February 7, 1988. The syndicate was particularly concerned that the characters were defined early on. It’s an introduction to Uncle Sid. Sorry, I don’t have the color files.