|Say it isn't so Charlie Brown!|
How can we get along without Peanuts? The furor about the manipulated end of Beanie Babies does not even compare to this. The END of Charlie Brown -- a much greater loss to our hearts and minds than a fuzzy toy. Apparently it is really happening and one of our early morning rituals will soon be gone as Charles Schulz puts his pen and pencil away. No more Peanuts!
Charlie Brown readers and collectors knew one day this would happen, but no one was ready for it this year as the 50th year celebration was upon us.
Charlie Brown has changed a little over the years, but not much! October 2, 1950 was his debut, with Snoopy following two days later. Who could even imagine this ageless little boy would still be with us in 1999 showing us a lighter side to the same problems we had while growing up. Linus' blanket, the Great Pumpkin and even the Charlie Brown Christmas tree became part of our American lifestyle as Peanuts became much more than a comic strip to our lives.
Schulz will be using his strength in the upcoming months to battle recently detected cancer. He is doing better, but says in part . . . . "I want to focus on my health and family without the worry of a daily deadline".
So, in celebration of 50 years of the most loved comic strip in American history, we thank you Charles Schulz for bringing these kids into our lives and hearts. We wish you and your family well. You are in our hearts and prayers as you now use your strength to get well.
We will miss you . . . .
Charles M. Schulz passed away on February 12, 2000, the day before the publication of his final strip. He never had to see the ending strip in print.
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