Yeah, we’re happy to treat our officers’ home addresses as public info

Even for 1964 and a smallish city, they seem to have a relaxed policy about doxxing their police force!

And incidentally, even for an established ditz like Eve, isn’t the invocation of “Who’s on first?” in panel 1 a bit of an unsupported swerve? (For those not familiar with the strip, Eve is the blonde younger sister, and the titular Juliet is the brunette older sister looking in from the doorway.)

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  1. As of today’s strip (Tues 27 April 2021 on CK, originally 2-7-1964) we still do not officially know whether this guy “Denny” (referred to but not actually appearing in above) is a sociopath, a delusional paranoid, a predatory grifter, or conceivably a sincere/truthful but misunderstood newcomer. I guess it would be a stretch to pull that last one out of the fire!

  2. Not surprising really. The idea that home addresses are confidential is very new and to me it’s kind of weird. Even a decade or two ago, “doxxing” meant to publish someone’s confidential documents, not just their address. Back in 1964, newspaper stories routinely included home addresses of people in stories (“Miss Geraldine Gilmore, of 129 Spruce Av., was elected president of the Zanesville Horticultural Society”). And, of course, almost everyone was in the phone book — you had to pay extra to be unlisted!

  3. RE: Publishing addresses. I remember well our local newspaper [remember those?] did a feature on a citizen who had a marvelous Barbie collection. printed her address, as was customary. Sure enough, within a week, she was burglarized. Soon after, that policy was dropped.

    Also, VOP letters had addresses printed; that became dangerous, too.

  4. In my mind, “doxxing” suggests malicious intent, which is not present here. I would agree with CaroZ’s assessment that as weird as it seems now (especially the combination of a policeman’s address and a random person on the phone), in 1964 people were pretty cavalier about sharing home address information.

  5. Yes, I see it now, you guys are right that “doxxing” isn’t the right term here, for lack of intent. (Also releasing the info wasn’t against the norms of the time, but that’s where we started.)

  6. @CaroZ – Yes, it may be weird but it’s another sign of the times. Here, in Seattle, people will show up at the home of someone whose opinion or action they don’t agree with and protest, which just isn’t right. This has happened to politicians as well as the Police Chief, or I should say ex-Police Chief.

  7. Let it be noted they did ask for the caller’s name, little suspecting a brilliant mastermind would give a fake one.

    Read a collection of the strip’s first year. Juliet sported a more severe hairstyle and attitude, and Eve was an actual high school slut, seducing a teacher who was engaged to Juliet. The feedback must have been swift, because at the end of the story Eve did a 180 into a sweet, well-meaning kid, and a little later Juliet literally let her hair down. Now and again you could tell the artist was using photos of Marilyn Monroe as reference for Eve.

    Been following it along with the similarly glamorous reruns of Rip Kirby (the John Prentice years), Big Ben Bolt, Johnny Hazard, Apartment 3G, Tarzan, and Judge Parker. The vintage and “current” Flash Gordons are post-Raymond, but still visually impressive. Also vintage Mandrake, Phantom, Agent X-9 and King of the Royal Mounted Police, which are fun but not nearly so handsomely drawn (except for Mandrake Sundays, quaintly pretty but often silly).

    The vintage Prince Valiant is from the John Cullen Murphy years, but it”s still excellent stuff and I have the reprint books for Hal Foster. We live in a glorious age for comic strips reprints.

  8. Lord F, I too was puzzled by Andréa’s initialism VOP. But it must be some filled-in equivalent to vox pop [uli] , maybe as Voice Of the People.

  9. BRENNAN, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which STEWART, WHITE, MARSHALL, POWELL, and STEVENS, JJ., joined. STEWART, J., filed a concurring opinion, post p. 447 U. S. 471. REHNQUIST, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which BURGER, C.J., and BLACKMUN, J., joined, post, p. 447 U. S. 472

    Gosh, Brennan; Stewart; WHITE… Those names are so far back! Oh, and there’s Rehnquist, J., not C.J. … it was Burger, C.J..

  10. I don’t know how it is in the rest of the country, but here in FL, every cop seems to take home a vehicle and park it in his/her driveway. Maybe it’s just the sheriffs who do this, but every subdivision has at least one cop/sheriff living in it; I guess the vehicle in the driveway is supposed to thwart crime. As if . . . .

  11. Per CaroZ‘s comment, wasn’t that long ago that the primary way to contact anyone was by mail – necessarily giving physical address pretty freely. Your public identity was your name and where you lived. Only recently did we consider that private, now using various forms of “@“ to abstract physical location away from public persona.

  12. Robert was the director of a children’s mental health center. When we got married he was already working there as a counselor. When we got our phone we had it listed in my maiden name so the children could not find it. (For many of the children this agency was the last step before being put into a residential program or juvenile criminal facility.)

    We had opened a PO box for our craft business so we would not putting our home address out on paperwork while at a show with our schedule so that people would not where we live and when we would be out at craft shows.

    Over the decades due to problems with our mail delivery at home, we changed our address for most mail to the box just for convenience.

    (This worked great until March last year when we no longer wanted to go out to get our mail. Forwarding of our mail has been spotty at best – with mail postmarked as far back as August 31 2020 being delivered to us in mid January and mid February and 12 missing banks statements over a 3 month period. The temporary forward for our business ran out last month so for the first time in about a year we went into the PO – at 11:30 pm Sunday night so no one else would be there) to check for what we figured might be one or two things for the business from places we forget to let know to change the address to our home – there was mail from as far back as December 2020 that was never forwarded and that was not even for our business as our personal mail, our business mail, our reenactment unit’s mail and my embroidery chapter’s mail was all originally going to the box – and of course whenever I think the address has been changed with everyone – it has not.)

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