Friday, October 31, 2008

Charles Schulz


Today we celebrate Charles Schulz (1922-2000) for his accomplishments in the world of syndicated comic strips - namely his "Peanuts" cartoons.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Charles Schulz developed an early interest in cartooning. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Schulz returned to Minnesota to pursue his artistic ambition. After several small comic strip appearances (1945-1950) in papers such as the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Saturday Evening Post, Schulz landed his first nationally-syndicated spot in seven national papers on October 2, 1950. Peanuts was a hit. Over the next decade, Peanuts would become an international success and earn Schulz several honorary cartoonist awards.

Today, we continue to enjoy Charles Schulz' work in many ways including: classic Peanuts television specials such as "Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (scene pictured above), over 1400 literary publications, or theatrical plays such as "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" - the most-produced musical in American theatre.

When Charles Schulz retired, Peanuts was running in over 2600 newspapers worldwide.

We celebrate Charles Schulz as a Hero of Capitalism not only because his comics contributed to the success of countless newspapers worldwide, but also because Charles Schulz' pursuit of happiness extended something of special value to the entire world - a good laugh.

Sources:

Schulz Museum
Charles M. Schulz Biography
Wikipedia
Also: www.Snoopy.com

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