Saturday, November 27, 2010
It spoke to everyone. Young and old, liberal and conservative, everyone could identify with the beleaguered Charlie Brown, or the insouciant Lucy, or the befuddled Linus. And, of course, everyone loved Snoopy, the hipster-dog.
"Peanuts" also had simple plots that were common human dramas. We could all relate to them, including in our youth.
I just started reading the acclaimed biography of Charles Schulz, the creator of "Peanuts." The book is surprising -- it explains how, for a comic as popular and cheerful as this one, its maker was equally as private and unhappy. Schulz had demons and never found his way to true happiness.
Did you ever read this comic? Did you like it? Did you identify with any of the characters?
I once dressed up for Halloween as Charlie Brown and, throughout my childhood, I drew pictures of Snoopy on all my schoolbooks.