Michael and Elizabeth may have been a product of one of those “love-ins”. While I certain associate love-ins and flower power with the hippie movement, I thought sit-ins were more about the civil rights movement. Back when my dad went to Wake Forest University, the students that participated in the 1960 Winston-Salem Woolworth’s sit-in were by-and-large conservative Baptists, who disagreed with the idea of segregated lunch counters because of their religious principles. They were about as far from being hippies as you can imagine.
And that’s the last we will see of Fay as her mother finds her another drama teacher.
I think the author had issues with 1980s fashion. The few times she put Elly into something fashionable for the time, it was usually accompanied by a joke ridiculing the outfit. Consequently, Elly tends to dress a lot like the stereotypical Marion the librarian.
Phil and Elly were born to parents who came back from fighting in WWII and then had children. They are both firmly in the Baby Boomer generation.
A few comments:
1. In the first panel, the line “about my activism” was originally “about the 60s” in the 1989 version of the comic strip.
2. Elly and Phil are only separated in age by 2 years, so they were really a part of the same generation. They are both Baby Boomers.
3. While Elly may be proud of what she did compared to what Phil did, Phil can be proud that he is the one who actually achieved his goals.
But, if Fay’s mother comes to the audition, then she will meet Axel and see how Fay reacts around him. Is this really a good idea?
Symbolically it means that she is making off color remarks.
Just because Elly could play the guitar, it doesn’t mean she would be a good teacher.
An excellent point. We have seen enough comic strips where Elly tried to teach something to know exactly why Elly was not the one to teach April to play the guitar.
Take a walk down 4th Avenue in Tucson, Arizona and you will find an abundance of people playing street music with guitars.
After this comic strip today, you would think Elly would be the one to teach her.