Did you know that Charles Schulz died before his final Sunday strip was published? It was his 17,897th Peanuts strip! Many of us grew up surrounded by the wit and wisdom of Peanuts and the Gang but were you aware that even President Ronald Reagan was a huge fan? While Governor of California Reagan declared May 24th Charles Schulz Day and claimed that he identified with Charlie Brown as a character – didn’t we all!!
Songs long associated with the Charlie Brown Christmas TV shows, the Peanuts TV specials and the Peanuts album are all attributed to Jazz musicians among them; jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, Wynton Marsalis, George Winston and David Benoit. That list is quite impressive to say the least.
Some characters were taken from people Schulz knew in real life. It is reported that Charlie Brown was fashioned after a colleague from the Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis and that the beloved Snoopy was in reality his black and white pointed – real name, Spike. Even the elusive Little Red Haired Girl was based on a red-haired woman Schulz met from the accounting department where he was working. Although they dated for three years, she turned down his proposal of marriage – but she lived on in his comic strips!
Were you aware that during World War II Schulz served as a staff sergeant in the 20th Armored Infantry Division and played a part in part in liberating the Dachau concentration camp?
For more than 65 years we have enjoyed the quirks and signature sayings of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the gang. On this Interlude you will get an opportunity to tour the museum dedicated to the man who created the 19th century epic we all have enjoyed with parents, children and friends.
This museum is only one of the many interesting and entertaining stops on this wonderful wine tour adventure. Please click on the link below to read the complete Harvest, Wine, Rail & Redwood itinerary and be prepared to live, laugh and learn on this well paced and diverse escorted getaway.
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team
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