Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Charles Schulz!

We'd like to send a special Happy Birthday message to "Peanuts" creator, Charles Schulz today. 

Charles was born on November 26, 1922, the son of Carl and Dena Halverson Schulz in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

He created the iconic comic strip "Peanuts" that we all know and love around 1950. According to a Schulz biography, "In 1950 the United Feature Syndicate of New York decided to publish Schulz's new comic strip, which he had wanted to call Li'l Folks but which was named Peanuts by the company. In 1950 the cartoon began appearing in seven newspapers with the characters Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Snoopy. Within a year the strip appeared in thirty-five papers, and by 1956 it was in over a hundred. The Peanuts cartoons were centered on the simple and touching figures of a boy, Charlie Brown, and his dog, Snoopy and their family and school friends. Adults were never seen, only hinted at, and the action involved ordinary, everyday happenings" 

Appearing in thousands of newspapers worldwide, Peanuts became a global phenomenon. Beyond the comic strip, characters from the strip have appeared on television, commercials, and merchandise. How many times have you watched "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" or  "A Charlie Brown Christmas?"

Sadly, Mr. Schulz passed away on February 12, 2000. 
There are a ton of websites and print material out there with great information on Charles Schulz and his comic strip, Peanuts. 
A few of them include:
Official "Peanuts" Website:
To see today's comic strip:
Official Charles Schulz website:

"Sparky: the Life and Art of Charles Schulz" by Beverly Gherman (2010) and "Good grief! : the story of Charles M. Schultz" by Rheta Johnson (1989)

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