Thanksgiving and Feats Treats with Charlie Brown!

Tameka's Snoopy Shirt Blog 11-23-2015 MondayHello, everyone! I hope that everyone is having a month of November, just like I and the other Arc Participants are having. The other Participants and I made Thanksgiving inspired arts and crafts, such as, Mayflower Paper Ships, Paper Bag Turkeys, and went on classroom outings to a local Bill Miller’s Restaurant to have Thanksgiving themed luncheons. I wore my turkey leg antennas. (I have antennas for each holiday.)

Also, we were looking forward to celebrating the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday by having a pie social on Friday, November 20th and being with their friends. My favorite kinds of pie at the pie social were apple and cherry.

On Friday, November 6th, some of the other Arc Participants and I celebrated the sixty-fifth anniversary and the theatrical release of “The Peanuts Movie,” starring the Peanuts Gang, Snoopy and everyone’s favorite blockhead, Charlie Brown. The other Arc Participants and I made Peanuts inspired arts and crafts and wore Peanuts T-shirts. My mom took me to a local McDonald’s restaurant so I could get a Snoopy Happy Meal toy. The toy is Snoopy flying on his doghouse. We learned that the Peanuts characters started out as a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2nd, 1950 to February 13th, 2000. In 2013, TV Guide ranked the Peanuts television specials the fourth Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time. A computer-animated feature film based on the strip, “The Peanuts Movie” was released on Friday, November 6th, 2015.

Peanuts had its origin in Li’l Folks, a weekly panel comic that appeared in Schulz’s hometown paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, from 1947 to 1950. He first used the name Charlie Brown for a character there, although he applied the name in four gags to three different boys and one buried in sand. Charlie Brown, the principal character for Peanuts, was named after a co-worker at the Art Instruction Inc. The series also had a dog that looked much like the early 1950’s version of Snoopy. Schulz reportedly had an intelligent dog when he was a boy. Although this dog was a pointer and not a beagle as was Snoopy, family photos of the dog confirm a certain physical resemblance. In 1948, Schulz sold a cartoon to The Saturday Evening Post which published seventeen single-panel cartoons by Schulz. The first of these was of a boy sitting with his feet on an ottoman. Charlie Brown stated in an early strip (November 3rd, 1950) that he was “only four years old,” but he aged over the next two decades, being six years old as of November 17th, 1957 and “eight-and-a-half years old” by July 11th, 1979.

Peanuts achieved considerable success with its television specials. Several of which includes, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, (1966) won or were nominated for Emmy Awards. The holiday specials remain popular and are currently broadcast on the ABC Channel in the U.S. during the corresponding seasons. My favorite holiday special is It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! (1974) While most of the Peanuts Gang is getting ready for Easter, Linus, certain it is all a waste of time, tries convincing everyone the Easter Beagle will take care of everything, but his pleas fall on deaf ears. Only Sally believes him, though she still has some suspicions after the Halloween failure in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. My favorite part is when Sally shakes Linus by his shirt and shouts, “You owe me restitution again!” That scene always makes me laugh hysterically.

In 1983, (my favorite year because I was born) Knott’s Berry Farm, in Southern California, was the first theme park to license the Peanuts characters, creating the first Camp Snoopy area and making Snoopy the park’s mascot. Snoopy is currently the official mascot of all the Cedar Fair parks. It was previously used in all of the park logos but it has since been removed. Cedar Fair also operated a Camp Snoopy area at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Worlds of Fun, and Valley fair featuring various Peanuts-themed attractions until 2011. There is still a Camp Snoopy area at Cedar Point and Knott’s Berry Farm.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the groundbreaking ceremony for The Charles M. Schulz Museum (www.schulzmuseum.org) located in Santa Rosa, California on June 29th, 2000 was celebrated with the traditional golden shovels, including one wielded by Snoopy!

The 27,384 square foot building was constructed over a two-year period by general contractor Oliver and Company. The Museum was opened with great fanfare on August 15th, 2002. The Museum’s star-studded opening reception included such comic strip luminaries as Patrick McDonnell, Greg Evans, and Sergio Aragones.

Charles M. Schulz died in his sleep at home on February 12th, 2000 from colon cancer. The last original Peanuts strip was published the very next day, on Sunday, February 13th. Schulz had previously predicted that the strip would outlive him, with his reason being that his comic strips were usually drawn weeks before their publication. Schulz was buried at Pleasant Hills Cemetery in Sebastopol, California. Schulz was honored on May 27th, 2000, by cartoonists of more than one-hundred comic strips, who paid homage to him and Peanuts by incorporating his characters into their comic strips on that date.

The other Arc Participants and I and Staff Members truly enjoyed learning and celebrating the man who gave the world a hilariously delightful comic strip that enriched the lives of generations of children.

Thank you for reading my blog and I wish that everyone has a delicious and a terrific Thanksgiving with their families and friends. I plan to watch the eighty-ninth annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my mom, my dog named J

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