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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Helicopter Parents

This cartoon was prompted by a story I heard out of Ohio University. The student laundromats are now hooked up to the internet, so students can load their laundry into the washers or dryers and return to their rooms to track the progress of their laundry on their computers.

One student I heard about called his mother in Iowa and asked her to log on and track the progress of his laundry while he went out and did errands, then to call him on his cell to let him know when it was done.


at 8/18/06, 2:18 PM Anonymous John said...

Hey Borg, I go to OU and it is very convenient because a lot of students don't have cars so you carry your laundry over go work, class, or whatever and then check online if it is done.

at 8/18/06, 4:54 PM Anonymous Joseph Harbin said...

Details can conjure up a locale perfectly -- like the crank on the dorm window.

at 8/20/06, 8:30 PM Blogger Chris Burch said...

Love the cartoon, but that blue sweatshirt is missing the "X" in front of it - go muskies.
In general, I like your lighthearted cartooning a little more than your political/social criticism, even though I almost always agree with the opinions that you express in them. I have no explanation for that.

at 8/21/06, 10:50 AM Anonymous Lucy said...

Oh, God, thank you, this made my first day of classes. I cannot tell you how often lately students have had their parents call me to resolve class matters. I smile and tell them that I will happily discuss the matter with the actual student, but good grief. I teach college for a reason.

at 8/27/06, 10:31 AM Anonymous Jon Sherry said...

What ever happened to taking you laundry and books over, maybe a laptop, and doing your homework while you your wash takes a spin? If college is supposed to be your first foray into "self-sufficient adult life", then the least these students can do is manage their own laundry. I suppose they probably have attendants on hand to dive between you and the washing machine like a soldier on a landmine when you start to put your brand new red OU sweatshirt in with your tighty-whities. Thereby saving you from the dreaded pink underwear faux pax.

Sometimes you just have to take the teat out of the kid's mouth folks. Make them mind their own laundry, its not that big of a chore.

at 8/28/06, 3:56 PM Anonymous chris said...

Well, I agree in general with you Jon, but the OU system is a little different. There are a limited amount of machines and it is quite inconvenient to tow your laundry across campus to find all of them full with half an hour left. BUT maybe we should just deal with it :) Now, calling mom to have her call you when it's done - that's weird.

at 8/27/07, 10:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a parent or helicoptered child but enjoyed the cartoon anyway. Did anyone notice the flower pot? Is it a tribute to Charlie Brown's shirt?

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