Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
It wasn't too long before the guests at the party at the Jane Haslem Gallery Wednesday night all began to look like characters from a Doonesbury cartoon - wry young congressional sides, starry-eyed '60s types whose idealism hadn't faded with their blue jeans, est-bested professionals in three-piece suits, and of course, the hard-headed, warm-hearted feminist veterans for whose benefit about 80 of Garry Trudeau's original cartoons were for sale.
By the of the reception, about 73 percent of the drawings had already been sold - at prices ranging from $200 for a daily strip to $375 for a Sunday strip - even though the show will continue for over a week.
Members of the National Women's Political Caucus, which will receive the proceeds from the sale, were there in force, talking over the day's meeting of the group's advisory board and last week's elections. Trudeau himself stood off to one side, signing autographs, avoiding the press and smiling shyly at the crowd of admirers, who found a mirror to their own emotions in his work.
Caucus members were particularly gleeful that nearly 75 percent of the candidates they had targeted in state legislative races this year had won in seven states that had not yet ratified the Equal Rights Amendment.
"We walk well in the air of success," said Lix Carpenter, who was in on the founding of the Caucus in 1971. "Back in the beginning, it was all a lot of noise and hope."
Standing out among Caucus members such as former congresswoman Bella Abrug and Trudeau's fellow political cartoonists Pat Oliphant and Tony Auth was Richard Kelly, 28, whose purchase of two of the cartoons brught his collection to a total of seven. Kelly said he bought the strips with money from his inheritance collecting Doonesburies being his principal occupation. "He has the same kind of outlook I do," Kelly said. "Cynical."