Saturday was the 60th anniversary of Peanuts, the classic cartoon by Charles Schulz.
I don’t know what my childhood would have been like without that lovable “blockhead” Charlie Brown & the other characters that made Peanuts so charming and humorous.
I still have two (2) Peanuts books from Grade School that I will always cherish.
Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz’s death), continuing in reruns afterward. Despite the end of the strip, Peanuts continues to be prevalent in multiple media, through widespread syndication, the publication of The Complete Peanuts, the release of several new television specials, and Peanuts Motion Comics. The strip is considered to be one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, with 17,897 strips published in all, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being”, according to Professor Robert Thompson of Syracuse University. At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages.
Thank you Mr. Schulz.