Happy Birthday, Charles Schulz!

Our boys love to watch episodes of Charlie Brown, particularly this time of year when the holiday episodes are readily available. We are happy to oblige … until I hear the almost four year old mutter, “I must be the dumbest person in the world,” as he tries (unsuccessfully) to master a new skill. But he just as quickly spouts off a perfectly timed “good grief” every now and then, which makes me smile. The creative genius behind that lovable yet quirky comic strip would be ninety-one today. There’s a lot of great posts floating around the web today with details about Charles Schulz. Here’s a fun one posted at Parade called “17 Wonderful Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Schulz”. For insight into the more painful experiences that shaped his creativity, Mental Floss is re-running a post about the similarities between Charlie Brown and his creator. You can check out “6 Ways Charles Schulz Is Like Charlie Brown” here

My favorite list of interesting Charles Schulz minutiae is up over at Huffington Post : “20 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Schulz”. I love that he didn’t hesitate to draw on his real life experiences (even the hard stuff) as well as his friends and family to inspire his work. Which only serves to re-emphasize the infamous adage: be careful what you say in front of a writer … you might end up in their next novel.

How about you? Have a favorite character from Peanuts or a scene from the cartoon you love to watch again and again? 

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