23 Facts About the Original Peanut, Charles Schulz

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23 Facts About the Original Peanut, Charles Schulz

23 Facts About the Original Peanut, Charles Schulz

Whether you’re excited for the live action Peanuts movies or not there is no denying the lasting ability these characters have. It’s not Christmas until I’ve watched Charlie Brown Christmas and it has to be on TV. But what about the creator, what do you know about him? Here are 23 fun facts to wow your friends with next holiday season!

Schulz

  • Schulz’s father was German born and his mother Norwegian. Schulz himself was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1922.
  • He was nicknamed “Sparky” after the horse in a comic strip called Barney Google
  • A drawing he did of the family dog, who evidently liked to eat pins and tacks, to Ripley’s, Believe It Or Not, it appeared on Robert Ripley’s syndicated panel crediting Schulz as “Sparky”
  • Schulz skipped ahead two grades, because of this he became shy and timid and retreated into drawing
  • His mother encouraged him to take a correspondence course to learn more about cartooning
  • He was asked to submit drawings into his high school yearbook, but they were later rejected. The school has since erected a statue of Snoopy in honor of him.
  • Schulz served as a staff sergeant with the 20th Armored Division in Europe after he was drafted in 1943.
  • He served as a squad leader on a .50 caliber machine gun team but only ever got one opportunity to fire it, and he had forgotten to load it. Lucky for him, the German soldier surrendered willingly.
  • In 1946, Schulz took a teaching job at Art Instruction Inc. until he made enough money drawing comics to quit.
  • His first comic was called “Li’l Folks” which was eventually sold to United Feature Syndicate in 1950 and would be retitled Peanuts. 

lil folks

 

  • Though the work on Peanuts kept him busy, Schulz illustrated two volumes of Kids Say the Darndest Things in 1957 and 1961 respectively
  • For almost 50 years, Schulz drew roughly 18,000 strips of Peanuts cartoons
  • Linus and Shermy were based on real life friends of Schulz, Linus Maurer, and Sherman Plepler
  • Schulz was married to Joyce Halverson in 1951, they had 4 children. He later divorced in 1972 and married a 25-year-old woman whom he remained married to until his death in 2000
  • When he wasn’t cartooning, Schulz loved ice sports and owned his own ice rink while living in Santa Rosa, California
  • He formed Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament at his ice rink and was later awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to the sport of hockey in the United States.
  • President Ronald Regan called Schulz personally after having heart bypass surgery to wish him a speedy recovery
  •  In 1988 two gunman broke into Schulz’s home in an attempt to kidnap his daughter Jean. The plan was foiled when his other daughter, Jill, arrived home and scared the intruders away.
  • Schulz hosted the very first Over 75 Hockey Tournament in 1998
  • His favorite classical musician was Brahms, not Beethoven as commonly played by Schroeder in the Peanuts cartoons
St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota

 

  • After several minor strokes, a blocked aorta, metastasized colon cancer and depleting vision he announced his retirement December 14, 1999
  • Charles M. Schulz died in his sleep at home February 12, 2000. The final original Peanuts strip was published the next day, a Sunday.
  • His will declared that the characters of the Peanuts were to remain as authentic as possible and no other comics could be drawn using them as characters

 

 

Related topics artist, Charles Schulz. Peanuts, Charlie Brown, comic strip, Comics, Snoopy
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