Charles Schulz


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Original Name Charles Monroe Schulz
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Death 12 Feb 2000 (aged 77)
Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA
Burial Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California, USA
Plot Veterans Section (next to triple fountains at south-east corner of cemetery)
Memorial ID 8520 View Source

Cartoonist. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, within days of his birth he acquired the nickname "Sparky" after the racehorse, Spark Plug, seen in the comic strip, "Barney Google." In 1934, the family acquired a dog, Spike, who would become the inspiration for Snoopy in later years. A 1937, drawing of Spike, reproduced in the nationally syndicated "Ripley's Believe it or Not" newspaper feature, was his first published work. After high school, he completed a correspondence course with the Federal School of Applied Cartooning (Art Instruction Schools). He was drafted in 1942, and was assigned to Company B in the Eighth Armored Battalion of the Twentieth Armored Infantry Division. By 1944, he was promoted to Sergeant, leader of a light machine-gun squad. He was discharged in January 1946. For the next five years, he worked as an instructor at Art Instruction Schools. His first published comic strip, "Just Keep Laughing," appeared in the Topix comic book in February 1947. "Sparky's Li'l Folks" appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune that same year. He sold "Li'l Folks" to United Feature Syndicate in 1950 for national syndication, but due to title issues with another work, the syndicate renamed the strip "Peanuts" despite the author's objection. The strip debuted in October of that year in seven newspapers across the U.S. In January 1952, the first Sunday full color "Peanuts" strip debuted. The popularity of the strip increased quickly. Peanuts comic books appeared in 1952, and would be produced through 1964. Reprints of daily strips were compiled and sold as Peanuts collections. He won the Reuben award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in 1955. In 1958, dolls of the Peanuts characters first appeared, they were also then licensed for advertising copy, and in Hallmark greeting cards by 1960. Books featuring the Peanuts characters, such as "Happiness is a Warm Puppy," began appearing in 1962. He became the first person ever to receive a second Reuben award in 1964. The now classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program, premiered in December 1965 as the first Peanuts animated television special. Others would later appear including; "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," and "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." In 1968, NASA astronauts named the Apollo 10 command module "Charlie Brown," and the lunar module, "Snoopy." A Snoopy balloon debuted in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City that year. A Snoopy or Charlie Brown balloon has been included each year since. The feature film, "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" premiered the following year. The popularity of the strip never seemed to wane. Numerous shows, parks, exhibits, fashion, and events featuring his characters continued to appear. In 1980, the National Cartoonist Society awarded him the Elzie Segar Award for outstanding contributions to the art of cartooning. In 1990, the French Minister of Culture presented him, Commandeur de l'Ordre Des Artes et Lettres, and in 1992, he received the Italian, Commendatore Della Repubblica Italiana. In December 1999, he announced his retirement. His characters were at that time seen in over 2,600 newspapers worldwide, and in published collections translated into 25 languages. He succumbed to complications from colon cancer two months later. The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center opened in 2002. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

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  • Added: 23 Feb 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 8520
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Schulz (26 Nov 1922–12 Feb 2000), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8520, citing Pleasant Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .