Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Away far too long and A Little "Peanuts" Fun

As you all well know, certain things in life take precedence and can prevent us from doing all we normally do... that having been said, I have been away from our blog far too long. Thanks Mom, for the post on your "reclaimed luggage rack", sew creative! (I have always admired that piece and think it epitomizes recycling at it's best). 

A huge sewing job, that did not utilize a computer one iota, took up the entire month of January (practically every night and day... sure am glad that job is finished).

 A dear relative whose is being consumed by cancer has taken precedence in February. It is most difficult to idly sit by and watch a loved one who is experiencing quantity of life, as opposed to quality of life. One can often feel so helpless.

I have taken a much needed respite today to share some history on a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I grew up with the "Peanuts" gang and have come to appreciate many of the comics even more as I have grown older. Reminiscent of a simpler time, maybe? Enjoy!

Charles Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in St Paul. He was the only child of Carl Schulz, who was German, and Dena, who was Norwegian. When he was two days old, his uncle nicknamed him “Sparky”, after the horse Spark Plug in the Barney Google comic strip. He’s was known by that name all his life.


Shortly after his mother’s death, he was drafted into the army in February 1943. After he left in 1945, he took a job as an art teacher, having taken correspondence courses before he was drafted. After a tough beginning, Schulz’s first regular cartoons, Li’l Folks, were published from 1947 until 1950, when the cartoon was dropped. Later that year, Schulz approached the United Feature Syndicate with his best strips from Li’l Folks, and Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2nd, 1950. The rest is cartoon history.

Charles Schultz created a character that almost everyone can relate to at times and turned him into America's favorite son whose endearing qualities have endured for more than 60 years. Schultz could tell a sad story and make you laugh all the way through it, as you wept inside for poor Charlie Brown who seldom did anything right.

50 years of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Joe Cool, good grief, little league baseball, football,  the Flying Ace, summer camp, dear pen pal, kite-eating tree, unrequited love, chuck, sir, the great pumpkin, the psychiatrist is in, the little red-haired girl, and a security blanket

Every bit a gem now as when it originated, Peanuts was created October 2nd 1950 and ran until the day after Charles Schultz died in February of the year 2000.