Johnny Hart, creator of the classic comic strip BC died at his storyboard Saturday at age 76.
His brainchild, the “BC” Comic strip, was launched in 1958 and appeared in 1,300 newspapers. It also may be the only comic strip to have a tournament named after it—the BC Open in Endicott, New York. The BC Open was played from 1971 to 2006. This year, it becomes the Dicks Sporting Goods Open, a Champions Tour event.
The origin of the naming of the BC Open is somewhat in question. According to some sources, it was originally named the Broome County Open, after its geographic location. Hart was a native of Endicott, however, and his cartoons have been used as the logo for as long as anyone can remember.
Thanks for many years of enjoyment, Johnny Hart.