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Father of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the PEANUTS has passed on, along with Roger Vadim

Hey folks, Harry here. I'm back in the U.S. Back here at Geek Headquarters... and the first thing I have to pass on to you is this... Charles Schulz has passed away. I really don't even have the words to cover this personally. I have met Chuck on many occassions as a child. I sat and watched him draw for hours and tell stories at San Diego and Detroit. When I was living a rather dark period of my life, his paperback collections of the PEANUTS' adventures... kept me a happy boy. Well... I'm gonna go now. I have some paperbacks to dig out....

NEWSFLASH PEANUTS CREATOR CHARLES SCHULZ DIES

Harry,

It's 11:30 p.m. California time. The local news just announced that Charles Schulz, creator of "Peanuts" has died.

Since he is a local celebrity, they got the news first. Expect AP and CNN and others to cover it soon.

Marc

California

FATHER GEEK here with a brief statement about CHARLES SCHULZ' death and life. I am very touched by this as are a huge amount of the American public, no make that the worldwide public because Schulz and his creations were known and loved in every country of this world we all share. Toys, Coloring books, Lunch boxes, Dolls, Valentines, Toothbrushes, Stuffed Animals, TV shows, Books, Comic Books, Daily & Weeky Newspaper Comic Strips, and even Feature Motion Pictures have combined to spread his loviable creations into every corner, every home on our planet, and SNOOPY is right up there with Mickey Mouse as one of the most recogonized characters in history. When Harry was 1 or 2 years old we picked up an animation cel of Snoopy ice skating for him and hung it in his room over his bed, it stayed there well into his twenties. In the early 1970's every comicbook convention in the country would have a major comic strip artist as a guest who would give a "chalktalk", drawing their characters 2 feet high on oversized artist tablets while recanting some of their adventures for the audience. We were lucky enough to catch some of the immortals; Al (Lil Abner) Capp, Milton (Terry and the Pirates) Caniff, Walt (Pogo) Kelly, and perhaps the greatest of them all, Charles Schulz, doing these performances. Though I haven't seen Chuck in many years in person his life's lessons, his simple little cartoon stories have always been there to lend a hand with life's bumps and I will miss him greatly.

On another sad note, the great French Director Roger Vadim has also just died. Probably best remembered in the United States as the Director of BARBARELLA starring his then wife Jane Fonda, he also gave us AND GOD CREATED WOMAN featuring another of his wifes, Brigitte Bardot. He made LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES with yet another wife, Annette Stroyberg and he discovered and took as his lover the great Catherine Deneuve when she was 17 and they made 2 films including VICE AND VIRTURE. He also made movies with several other beauties, including Jeanne Moreau,Angie Dickinson, and Susan Sarandon. His creative spark and love of life will be sorely missed around the world.

FATHER GEEK

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  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Destiny

    by Brundledan

    Oh no. Oh God, no. The death of "Peanuts" was hard enough. That the man who gave us such joy has died on the very day the last strip runs is just more than I can take. We shall miss you, Sparky.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:26 a.m. CST

    If I am not mistaken...

    by ratfromNIMH

    Wasent today, Febuary 13, the last day that an original Sunday Penuts strip was supposed to run? I know the last daily ran a few weeks back but... well, its to weird. Thanks for everything Charlie Brown.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Sunday, February 13

    by ALF

    Today is the day the last Peanuts strip will run. Anyway, it was great always waking up on Sunday mornings to see the Peanuts comics among others. He will truely be missed.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:33 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by MAlkovich

    this is what i call poetic irony. God rest your soul

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:38 a.m. CST

    more sadness

    by ruggervince

    I usually just read the talkbacks, but I feel a need to post now. Peanuts, no matter what anyone says, is one of the enduring memories that all of us can say we have from childhood. It's amazing how you can still connect with something on the same level you did when you were young. A true artist allows you to do that. There's nothing else to say. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace and enjoy your reward Charles Schultz.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:38 a.m. CST

    :o(

    by kkrankk

    It happens to everyone but what timing, huh? I read and reread the paperback collections of the early strips as a kid, too. Beautiful, sweet stuff. He didn't change the world but he touched millions of people over a period of decades. Thinking about it like that, maybe he did change the world a little bit --probably a lot more than most of us ever will.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:55 a.m. CST

    wow

    by Needlenose Ned

    this is definately terrible news. he left more of an impact on this world than just about anyone else i can think of in our time. does anyone else know if the last sunday strip today is going to be a new one or a rerun? i would sure like to see a new one one last time to say goodbye.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:07 a.m. CST

    The death of a great artist...

    by Nagual

    What can be said? Throughout all the seasons of my existance, Charlie and friends were always there to bring laughter and bittersweet wisdom. His life's work is finished, but it will endure. Thanks Mr. Schulz...

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Still in shock

    by Brundledan

    For almost an hour now, I've been sitting here, in shock. If ever there were proof that there is a God, and that His timing is nothing short of poetic, this is it. There has been another death today, besides that of Charles Schulz and of "Peanuts". It is the death of the comic strip medium itself. The decline of the comic strip has been very long and very painful to behold, but the simultaneous deaths of both "Peanuts", the last truly great comic strip there was, and of the man who created it, are the final nail in the medium's coffin. Schulz... was a hero to me. He was a man who created, often from the depths of depression, characters with such life, such power to make us laugh. I will miss you, Sparky. I am sad that your great creation, which spoke to me and to many others in a way no other strip ever could, will exist only in reprints - and in our memories. But most of all, I am sad in knowing that the man behind it all, one of the true heroes of American art, no longer walks among us on this Earth. You devoted fifty years of your life to something that has touched the entire world. Enjoy your retirement, Sparky, and thanks for the great times. We'll never forget them. We'll never forget you.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:18 a.m. CST

    This isn't true.

    by Anal_Probe

    My apologies in advance to family and friends of Mr. Schultz if I'm wrong, but I honestly don't believe this story. More than two hours have passed and it still hasn't made it to any major news source I've seen.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:23 a.m. CST

    I'm wrong

    by Anal_Probe

    It wasn't on CNN while I was watching, but it is on their website. 77 years old. Died in his sleep at 9:45 PM. I wish the story had been false.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Art Spieglman tribute...

    by Angelist

    in the New Yorker this week to Charles Schultz. It features conversations between Spieglman as his mouse alter-ego and a kind of Schultz-Charlie Brown hybrid from an interview about a year ago. It also contains analysis of Schultz's comics work and place in comics history. Very intellectually stimulating and a fiting tribute, I think. Go out and buy it.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Bye...

    by Hipalien

    Charlie Brown you finally kicked that football!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:41 a.m. CST

    :(

    by DarthZachToo

    A part of me has died today too. It's like there's a hole in my soul where Peanuts should be. love z

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:48 a.m. CST

    God bless you, Charlie Brown

    by stewdog

    Mr. Shultz had to know how many people's lives had been touched by his work. It's such a shame that he'll never see his final strip in the paper. My prayers go out to his friends and family.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:48 a.m. CST

    the legacy of Peanuts

    by Lazarus Long

    I remember when I wa a wee tyke, I would check out 15 books from the library every week. I went through every volume of the collected Peanuts strip. While not as political as Doonesbury, or as twisted as Bloom County, Charles Schultz tackled a wide variety of subjects over the course of his reign. I think he tried to make his messgage understandable to all readers, not just the hip & cynical ones. There was a character in Peanuts that everyone could identify with, whether it was Charlie himself, Schroeder, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, whatever. Franklin was the Jackie Robinson of the comic medium. I think this is a loss on par with the day Walt Disney died; in this case no one will be stepping in to take over on Peanuts where CMS left off...but perhaps that's a good thing. Rest In Peace.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Snoopy has left the building!

    by cripster

    Aaaaaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:55 a.m. CST

    good bye chuck

    by baff

    when i heard that 'peanuts' was coming to an end and saw how many people around me loved it (and how deeply they loved it) i went to my uncles house and carried hom the pies of paperback books he has had since he was a child beginning in the 50's. I tried to read them in order and saw charlie brown's little baby sister grow up, the numerous and convincing ways lucy could convince charlie brown to kick that football, and also watched snoopy stand up. The way they were drawn made them seem that they had all grown a little through time. good grief im going to miss you. baff

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:06 a.m. CST

    i apologise for my spelling...

    by baff

    wishy washy,round headed kid, sweetie, good grief, 5c pshiciatric help,snoopy's family, kick the football, summer camp, the falling autumn leaves, security blanket, beethovens birthday, linus the theologian,lucy's list of whats wrong with charlie brown,the eye patch the little red haired girl,pig pen,'sir',woodstock, snoopy, lucy, linus, chuck, charlie, charlie brown; ill miss it all.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:06 a.m. CST

    while people while away their hours....

    by lickerish

    Doing nothing, video games, movies, comics, we could be researching artificial intelligence and implementing the arrival of immortality...it sounds ridiculous, but the fact is, this is very possible, only a matter of time.. then we can play....Perry Farrell was on top "Man ain't meant to work, c'mon build a machine, so we can sleep and make love deeper" Stop these atrocitites from happening, study physics, study programming algorithms, evolutionary alg...show us few who are working that there is support..much synthetic love to mr.schultz...will he be frozen?

  • Today, in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Edition, February 13, was the final Sunday color run for the syndicated "Peanuts." Its like Mr. Schultz knew the final day all along. A sad, end of an era, for all. I wished Good Ol' Charlie Brown got to kick that football just once. Here's a hoist of a root beer for Snoopy and the gang. Thank you for the wonderful childhood, Mr. Schultz.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Welcome back Harry

    by Malchizedik

    RIP Schultz, there was a time when one of your creations saved me from certain misery. I would have been beaten badly had I not had a Snoopy watch. It is personal so I wont go into details, but thank you for 20 wonderful years.Rainbow!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:40 a.m. CST

    A moment of silence...

    by Fluffy da Bunny

    ...the irony that he passed away just as his last strip was being published...We will miss you. Goodbye, Sparky.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Ironic?

    by LaughingBuddha

    Ironic? I think not. Charles Shultz has died and I am sad, but ever if there were a fitting way to go, would it not be a simultaneoous departure with your beloved creation. That one thing that you are marked with! Forever!!! I call it not irony, I call it sweet justice, that he not have to suffer one day on this earth without the company of his life's endeavor. Godspeed you, Sir! And may your family find solace in the knowledge that your departure may not have been coincidental.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Your a good man Charles Schulz

    by Faeton

    May heaven grow more joyful with the addition of you Mr Schulz. We're going to miss you.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:58 a.m. CST

    A sad day made even more sad

    by maikeru

    If this wasn't already going to be one of the saddest days, it has now truely become that. I have so many happy memories of the Penuts, both the strip and cartoons. Thank you for all the happyness you have brought us.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:59 a.m. CST

    THANKS!

    by BranMakMorn

    Too many giants have passed on recently... how the world seems so harsh without their shade. Thanks for good times, Sparky.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Goodbye, Sparky

    by Nordling

    Last night I was playing with my daughter with a stuufed Snoopy and Woodstock, and I was reading to her from a leaflet book called Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Knowing today would be the last day that we would ever see an original Peanuts comic had brought a little sadness in my heart. This, however, is...beyond words. I grew up with and loved Peanuts all my life and this is so sad. I don't mean this in a weird or cynical way, but I guess God was a fan too, and couldn't bear to see Sparky finish his beloved comic. Enjoy your root beers with Bill Mauldin, Sparky...we love you and will always cherish you. Harry, ban all flamers from this site forever. FOREVER.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Always on a Sunday !

    by RobinP

    The great and the good always seem to die on a Sunday. Thanks for the smiles, the laughs, the philosophy, and the insights.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 9:26 a.m. CST

    why?

    by crash_davis

    Right now I'm trying to supress this unmistakable choking feeling in my throat that I don't get often. My eyes are very nearly welling up. I remember the joy that Schulz gave me, from those little cartoon specials to the daily comic strips. See you up there in heaven, or maybe that infinitely deep, black universe, (like Charlie Brown said so himself), Charles. Hope you find so much more sadness that you can cure up there. I'll miss you.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Curse you Red Baron!

    by deadboy1313

    My theory is that as Snoopy was gassing up his Sophwith Camel for the very last flight, he decided to take his best friend Sparky along for the ride. So when you look up in the sky today and see the two of them flying overhead, raise a glass of root beer in honor of all the happiness they gave us through the years. Thanks for all the smiles Sparky!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 9:58 a.m. CST

    The Age Of Comic Strips Has Passed

    by DwDunphy

    More than any, the art of Charles M. Schulz typified the comics medium at, often, it's funniest and, always, its smartest. While it dealt with the little details of childhood, the Peanuts strip also vocalized a lot of high-minded ideas. The kids didn't talk like kids, but then again, they weren't meant to. These are things you weren't going to want to hear from adult characters: Charlie Brown's phobias, Linus' obsessions, Schroeder's innate hero worship and Lucy's innocent, but everpresent, selfishness. I feel very sad right now, not simply because Schulz has died, not simply because the Peanuts strip has ended its impressive and illustrious run, but because the comics page has now become a dumber version of itself. We're gonna miss Mr. Schulz and Mr,. Brown more than we understand at this particular moment.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 10:05 a.m. CST

    what a great life.

    by wato

    I only hope and pray that I can live a life that has as much impact as his did. It's 7:45 am in Phoenix, and I just walked into my 8 month only daughter's room and watched her wake up. It is almost unbearable to think that she will grow up in a world where Snoopy vs. the Red Baron and Lucy pulling the football away at the last second are part of a past. They will never be a reality to her, just a 'was'. I will miss you so much. God's speed.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown!

    by Stephen Dedalus

    I will miss Schultz and his wonderful comic strip. The truly sad thing is that he planned to write screenplays for video cartoons of PEANUTS after he recovered from his colon cancer. One of my favorite animated movies is BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN, which is the best Peanuts movie of them all. Go out and rent it. A truly charming film from a truly great artist.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 11:54 a.m. CST

    The Great Pumpkin...

    by Capt FUBAR

    Well, as I read the news today, I wasn't terribly surprised, but it still hurts. Charles Schulz had a profound effect on all that read him from a young age. The Great Pumpkin, The Red Barron, "I got a rock", "I am infinite!", Psychological Help 5

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Saw the last strip yesterday...

    by Powerslave

    The Toronto Star monster weekend paper comes out on Saturdays, and they have the Sunday color comics in them (Sunday comics on Saturday. Go figure). Anyhow, they had the last Peanuts comic strip in there. Quite poignant, especially with this latest bit of news. When I was younger, I was absolutely nuts about Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest. I don't know why; maybe Charlie Brown spoke to me on some subliminal level. You know, the eternal loser always trying to come out on top, no matter how the odds are stacked against him. You knew his baseball team would never win, you knew he'd never kick the football, you knew the tree would always eat his kite, but you always hoped that maybe, just once, Charlie Brown would kick that ball, win the game, and confess his love to the little red-haired girl.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Well it might not be ironic...

    by splat

    ..but it sure is spooky as hell. Goodbye Mr. Shultz!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 12:29 p.m. CST

    You're a Good Man Charles Schulz

    by m2298

    Well, it wouldn't be truthful to say that I really kept up with PEANUTS over the past two decades, but from the time I was three throughout my grade school years, Charle Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy & Co. were very constant companions. Whether it was owning a poster, wearing a sweatshirt or reading volume after volume of those Fawcett Crest paperbacks, I was able to laugh and enjoy the best work of Charles Schulz. Schulz was a creator who was not afraid to express his deep spiritual beliefs in his work without being didactic and preachy. As someone who has always taken his licks from the Lucys, Pattys and Violets of this world, I always strongly identified with good ol' Charlie Brown even though it was the more flamboyant Snoopy who tended to get the most attention from the media. Peanuts has seemed to be something that would go on forever, but such is life. Goodbye, Sparky.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 12:34 p.m. CST

    What, No flowers?

    by BigRick

    I really will MISS Charles Schultz and his creative talent. Let me say that Cage is correct. The best way to show someone that they are loved and appreciated is while they're ALIVE not when they aren't here anymore. Now I'm just waiting around for DMFC to start trolling around. See you in the funny pages...

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Celebrity deaths always come in threes...

    by jimimack

    The latest hat trick, sadly enough, is Jim Varney, Tom Landry, and Charles Schultz. We'll miss you, Chuck.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:02 p.m. CST

    First Desmond,then Varney,now Chuck...

    by user id indeed!

    Unbeleivable.The irony is,these three people had just finished their last projects before passing on!They didn't even get to enjoy their retirement.Thant's not fair.Who could be next,I wonder?

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:08 p.m. CST

    a sad loss

    by mstryoda

    a good man that will be missed by all comic fans everywhere goodbye chuck...

  • Some of us had the pleasure of meeting great people or people of influence. I met Mr. Schultz and his wife, along with Dale Messick(She drew and wrote "Brenda Starr", rather well too!) at a cartoonist's convention. I was it awe of the man who helped shaped so many children's lives with his stories and artwork. I had to tell him how much I identified with Charlie Brown as a child. His words were "Good grief!" and we had a good laugh! After our discussion, as I walked away, yelled out, "See you later, Charlie Brown!" The group around us couldn't stop laughing! What a great moment! As for missing Mr. Varney, yes, I do because when I first saw him on television he was doing car commercials for "Cerritos Ford" when I was in high school and he made me laugh. So what's wrong with that? There is too much sadness in the world and people should laugh more. The world is a little lonlier now that these two men have passed. Maybe, one day you'll understand what living is all about, what a short time we have here and respecting people that have done incredible things instead of being insignificant and callous.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Sorry to see you go Charles

    by Wheel99

    I kind of saw this coming but it sucks none the less. While I didn't read peanuts on a regular basis in the last few years, I always did as a kid. Hey Cage,Seeing how many people are taking the time out to post thier condolances only serves to negate your take on this whole thing.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:15 p.m. CST

    First Jim Varney, now this...

    by The Garbage Man

    What a crappy weekend.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Good Grief

    by riskebiz

    I know everyone has to die eventually, but I feel like a part of me died when I read this. I feel like not only did Charles Shulz die, but the entire Peanuts gang ... that's too much to think about. Thank god they reprinted (of course ... now out of print, unbelievable) the Peanuts Classics just a few years ago. It was nice to get close to 30 volumes of all the Peanuts classics and I can go and commiserate with the Peanuts gang over this. Now Charlie Brown will never kick that stupid football.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Unbelievable, cage...

    by George McFly

    I guess, after reading Talkback for so long, it shouldn't surprise me reading such comments (i.e. cage's). But with this one, I feel compelled to respond...first of all, pal, you don't know me and you sure as hell don't know what is relevant to me and/or my family. The fact is, I've been a long-time fan of Peanuts. I read the strip every day, and both my wife and I watch all of the Charlie Brown specials on TV. Those specials, along with the Dolly Madison commercials sprinkled throughout, were a big part of my childhood (I'm 29 now). As my wife and I expect our first child in July, I've been giving more thought to what *my* baby's childhood will be like. What will be the good things that my child will remember from his/her childhood after he/she grows up, especially in a world that is growing colder and colder. For my wife and I, "Peanuts" was a big part of our childhoods. It taught me, as a child, that it was okay to make mistakes. I could identify with a Charlie Brown getting his kite stuck in a tree. Failing to kick that football. Or--once I got into junior high--failing to get up the courage to talk to the little red-haired girl. So it should be no surprise to you that, as I read this news on AICN this morning, my eyes filled with tears at realizing that this man has passed. With simple drawings and messages, he touched me greatly. And when I hear the phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword", I can't think of anyone else but Mr. Schulz. Given how popular "Peanuts" was in this world, I'd say a lot of people felt the same...I'll pray for you, cage. Someday, when you find true love, you'll find it'll open your heart to lots of things. And then you'll finally be able to understand how some people can feel...McFly<--

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:36 p.m. CST

    The best was still to come

    by Magic_Al

    Like many people I once had begun to think that Charlie Brown and Snoopy's best days were behind them, in all the compiled strips I'd read as a child, and that what was being published in the present was just more of the same. But in recent years, Schulz's work definitely changed. I was drawn back into the strip one day when I happened to notice that the traditional four square panels of the daily strip were gone and that Schulz had begun to vary the panels, sometimes even using a single panel. I was startled to see a format change in something that had been so constant for so long, and it got my attention. I began reading the strip regularly for the first time in perhaps a decade. I noticed the content and mood had changed as well. The strip seemed to me more surreal, and more emotional. It was as though Schulz had begun looking at things from a somewhat different perspective, as though a new and deeper appreciation of life was evident. Some of the final strips, in particular a single panel portrait of all the character ice skating, don't attempt to tell a joke at all, but are simply expressions of pure joy. Peanuts had begun to transcend itself and was moving to a different level of thought. The contrast with the 1974 strips now being rerun is shocking, even appalling. The journey has been aborted, and we are back where we have always been. I'm saddened that we won't ever get to see where Schulz could have gone with his creation if he could have kept going.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the memories, Charlie Brown

    by Joey Stylez

    The year is 1977. It's a special year for me as a 9 year old. It was the last year I would spend in my hometown of New York City. I watched with my father as Reggie Jackson smacked 3 homers to clinch the series for the Yankees, I fell in love with a movie called Star Wars, and my mother bought me a brand new Peanuts blanket. Here we are, 23 years later. I'm 32, living in Miami. My father and I still love the Yankees, I'm still in love with Star Wars, and I still use that same Peanuts blanket. It's a little faded but otherwise in great shape. It feels comfortable, it keeps me warm but not too much, and the best thing is on the weekends when I have my daughter, that blanket is the one she sleeps with. I've been able to pass this special blanket on to my child. As I read about the passing of Charles Schultz today, I think about the animated specials I used to love as a child, the daily strip I still read as an adult, and my very own security blanket, much like the one Linus had. Thanks for the memories and the laughs, Mr. Schultz. You've passed on to a better place. Rest assured that the legacy of Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and all the rest will live on forever. I'll look out to the sky tonight and dream of seeing the Red Baron taking one last flight across the skies, and as I crawl into bed, I'll pull my blue Peanuts blanket over me to keep warm.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:38 p.m. CST

    <You're a good man, Charlie Schultz>

    by Saulot

    When I first heard of Charles Schultz passing away on the morning news, I thought it was a mistake. I only thought that "Peanuts" was gone, but then the reality sunk in to me. "Peanuts" was one of the last comic strips that was both funny and philosophical. Mr. Schultz was the last of the great cartoonists to stay around. Now what? I just don't know. I remember when I used to read "Peanuts" at a young age with my late grandfather. Those were magical times, full of the innocence of childhood. Oh well, I guess I'll have to find my old Charlie Brown tapes to watch now.--Saulot--

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:42 p.m. CST

    NOW WE WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT THAT DAMN TEACHER WAS SAYING!!!

    by Darth Siskel

    Charles was the only one that could've translated for us, and now it's too late. Kenny from South Park is also dead, so he can't do it either. Damn. But the worst part about Schultz dying is that now we'll probably see a horrible LIVE-ACTION PEANUTS MOVIE with Rosie O' Donnell as Lucy!! Noooooooo!!!!!!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:50 p.m. CST

    The end of an era

    by Darth Taun Taun

    Charles Schultz stayed true to his vision. In an era when it has become politically incorrect to mention God, Schultz stuck to his guns. Thanks for the laughs, old boy. This Christmas, I'm getting the most pathetic tree I can find.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Happiness is....

    by Rand Canuck

    Actually, I can't think of anything too happy to say, but I don't think Sparky would want us to only speak of sadness. Truly, he was a great success in life, in so many ways. He has always been a hero to me, and I feel honoured just to have been alive at the same time as him. With the decline of the comic strip, it is unlikely that there will ever be another like him. My best wishes go out to his family... doubtless we number in the millions.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Everything happens in threes!

    by Rishpa

    Between Jim Varney, and Charles Schulz, I'm getting very nervous about Gene Wilder

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Farewell to Sparky

    by floob

    We've lost a man who was not just an entertaining cartoonist, but a friend as well. We'll all miss Charles Schulz. Rest well there, Sparky.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Good Grief!

    by The Great One

    Hmmm... just to start off, I have to say this has not been a good week for famous people. Recently, the following have fallen: Doug Henning- illusionist Derrick Thomas- NFL Linebacker Jim Varney- Actor (Ernest) Big Punisher- Rap Artist And another rap artist whose name escapes me right now. I got on another message board and asked who would be next. Within two days, I got my answer... sadly. Screamin Jay Hawkins- R&B Legend Tom Landry- Dallas Cowboys coach And the one that breaks my heart the most: Charles M. Schulz- Peanuts creator I feel bad for all these people, but this one gets me because Mr. Schulz died the night before his final comic strip was published. I know he said he wanted Peanuts to end with his death, but somehow I don't think this is what he meant. I was hoping he'd get to enjoy some of the fruits of his work. Then again, I'd hoped the same thing for Desmond Llewelyn.... I still have Boondocks to enjoy in the Sunday paper, but for now all I can say is the following: R.I.P. Charles. You made me laugh all my life even when I didn't think it was possible. No one will ever replace you. Wonder what character Snoopy would turn into right about now?

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:26 p.m. CST

    When I was a wee little psycho...

    by user id indeed!

    Watching the Charlie Brown and Snoopy show was a staple in my life.Before school,I would always watch the whole show,then tape it,then watch it repeatedly until the next episode came on the next morning.If I missed an episode,I would begin beating my head a screaming,ala Rain Man.I've gotten over those times,but now that Shultz is gone I can remember almost every episode I've seen.Thank you for introducing me to die-hard ritual and obsessive behavior,both of which have carved a deep indentation into my personality.God bless you,Chuck,and I hope in heaven there are no reruns.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Let's have a party with Charlie Brown and Snoopy

    by user id indeed!

    Watching the Charlie Brown and Snoopy show was a staple in my life.Before school,I would always watch the whole show,then tape it,then watch it repeatedly until the next episode came on the next morning.If I missed an episode,I would begin beating my head a screaming,ala Rain Man.I've gotten over those times,but now that Shultz is gone I can remember almost every episode I've seen.Thank you for introducing me to die-hard ritual and obsessive behavior,both of which have carved a deep indentation into my personality.God bless you,Chuck,and I hope in heaven there are no reruns.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Oopsie daisy

    by user id indeed!

    I posted the samemessage twice?My bad.Sorry all.Good to have you back,Harry!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Yes, it was like he knew.

    by All Thumbs

    To die the same day the final strip is run is sadly poetic and actually a fitting tribute to the man who brought so many of us joy. My fondest Peanuts memories are of going to flea markets with my parents and my aunt and uncle and buying the older books. I have one that only cost fifty cents when today comic collections like that cost anywhere from 5 dollars to 50 dollars. My greatest finds were two books that held collections of the strip from the first two years it was run. Charlie Brown's head was HUGE and every character was introduced in that book -- from Schroder to Linus to Lucy. Too bad my mother packed most of those books away.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:42 p.m. CST

    The Passing of Childhood Heroes

    by Sean Orca

    I haven't posted here in a long time, but I am compelled to now on this saddest of days. When I was passing from childhood into my teens in the late 60s/early 70s, I had many passions, as do we all at that wonderful/horrible time of life. Two of my top passions were "Peanuts" and the Dallas Cowboys. I lived and died with the Cowboys every fall Sunday as they quested towards that elusive (at the time) first championship - always so close yet so far. They were My Team long before they were "America's Team". To me, Tom Landry was The Man - the stoic genius on the sidelines, who exemplified class and dignity in the face of every defeat, and humility in the times of triumph. He was a Hero. Unlike the Cowboys, "Peanuts" was an all-year obsession. The walls of my room were covered with "Peanuts" pennants. I bought all the books. I watched all the specials and movies. For over 6 years I cut the strips from the Shreveport Times every day and mounted them on paper in scrapbooks. To me, Charles Schulz was The Man - the quiet genius behind the scenes, who seemed to be able to peer into my adolescent soul and express my hopes & fears through his marvelous characters. He was a Hero. Both of these obsessions eventually passed, as these things do. Oh, I still count myself as a Cowboys fan, but now they're just football games. And I still read "Peanuts" every day, but I haven't clipped a strip in over 20 years. Yet my admiration for these two men has never wavered, and grew in the last few months, as they each faced their final battles with grace. I don't know if Tom Landry ever read "Peanuts". I do know that Charles Schulz was much more of a hockey fan than a football fan. I have no idea if they ever met in life. Yet I like to think that pehaps the Coach and Sparky are chatting right now in Heaven (or wherever it is the good souls go) - one good man to another, reflecting on the joys and sadness of their time here on Earth. Rest in peace, gentlemen, and enjoy your eternal reward. You've earned it.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:50 p.m. CST

    All Thumbs

    by user id indeed!

    Hi.Wasn't Charlie's head gargantuan?!!Geez.I thought the poor kid had elaphantitis the first time I saw him.It was even worse in the 50's-the poor kid's head was an oval!All I could think of was a guy who invisions people like that was surely either a genius or an insane old man.Maybe the lovable guy was a little bit of both,may he rest in peace.Hey,did you get that email?Sorry,I didn't mean to make it so long.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Tragedy

    by bijou27

    Just the other day I was watching that special on TV about Peanuts, and was just beginning to accept it's cancellation. Now the creator dies along with his legacy, and it is an awful tragedy. Schultz has influenced every comic strip running today, and I regret having to pick up my sunday paper and have to read both the news of his passing and his final work. Also, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who sees the similarities between Lewellyn's passing and Schultz's. It's so sad to see the side effects of time; in the dawn of the new century, we are losing those who represented the last one so clearly for us.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Goodbye to a legend

    by Ellie Sattler

    When I heard Charles Schulz was sick, I meant to write and wish him farewell...due to school and other stupid complications, I never got around to it. "Peanuts" was one of the biggest influences on my childhood. It taught me to read when I was a little kid; it taught me who Beethoven was and about the importance of Veteran's Day. I used to lead imaginary hikes in my backyard, a la Snoopy; and I once set up a psychiatrist's booth in my front yard (it was less successful than Lucy's). Wherever you are, Mr. Schulz, thank you for sparking my imagination and sense of humor. Thank you for those drawings you sent me when I was 6 (even though my mom accidentally threw them away). Thank you for everything and RIP. Love, Vanessa

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 3:32 p.m. CST

    There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said already...

    by Niiiice

    My mother grew up reading Peanuts and I remember leafing through these huge trade paperbacks when I was small. What made it stand out in today's world of cynics and sardonicism was its honest to goodness frankness and the sometimes foolish optimism that its central character potrayed. It seems like now everyone's concerned with being witty or low-brow...I think there's a little more Charlie Brown in all of us than we'd like to admit.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Here's an interesting,if not morbid,idea

    by user id indeed!

    I saw this TV special Friday night,and Shultz said that Peanuts was literally part of him.Maybe,after 50 years of creating a life for Charlie Brown,Brown became an actual part of him,and when he had just finished the last cartoon(which,by the way,was very touching),and Charlie Brown was no more,then...SHULTZ was no more...????Nah,probably not.I just wanna keep my reputation as a productive TalkBacker.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:17 p.m. CST

    It's just not fair!

    by Redball

    I can't not believe Schultz is dead. First its Varney, then Tom Landry is dead and now Schultz. I just can't believe this is happening. But something like this is inevitable to all of us. While that is true the death of a person that we all known and love is painful. At least all of these guys got to see 2000. R.I.P Charles Schultz and good luck to where ever you are.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:19 p.m. CST

    :(

    by Lizzybeth

    It's so sad. Like he knew his time was coming and had to tie up the Peanuts column before it was too late. Mere weeks after the man finished everything, closed the door and locked it up behind him. I was watching the Peanuts Valentine's Day special last night on Nickelodeon without knowing this news. I hadn't watched the specials in years. My old paperbacks are at my parents' house. Maybe I'll go get them.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Oh, no. Aw, SHIT!!!

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    This sucks. This is beyond ass-licious. I'm sorry for the language and all, but I'm rather depressed right now. I don't know, I guess I was hoping against hope he'd recover. Well, it's down to Powell's Books to grab me some Peanuts paperbacks and relive some good memories. Jim Varney and Charles Schultz, both dead of the same rotten disease--cancer. I AM giving some cash to the Cancer Society this week, homies. Peace (and good health) out to all. Oh, and P.S.--just like in the Jim Varney talkback and in the Talkback about why Harry isn't going to review Magnolia, there WILL be subhuman assholes who'll post crap like "good riddance!" etc. Don't give these chimpanzees the one thing they really want-attention. Just ignore them.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Both Charles Shulz and his creation will be forever missed...

    by DyrektorsCut

    I usually don't participate in these talk backs but I felt I needed to for this. The PEANUTS characters have always been a huge part of my life. I grew up reading the daily comic strips as often as I could, and one of my fondest memories as a kid was reading the Sunday comics with my brother. And every Sunday, the very first comic strip I would go to would be PEANUTS. I could relate to Charlie Brown in everyway possible because I wasn't one of those kids that excelled at sports and wasn't the most popular kid at school either. I was one of those kids that tried the sports, but I never was as good as the other kids. I guess I loved Charlie Brown so much because he always tried to win, whether in baseball or just trying to kick that darn football. Even though he never did, I could relate to him on that level. And I think many people could because Charlie Brown wasn't perfect. He was just a kid, a normal kid. Someone mentioned above that Snoopy is one of those recognizable icons just like Mickey Mouse is. That is so true. As a kid, I went to bed every night with a Snoopy doll that was almost as big as I was. Even though I didn't like the fact that I was growing up, I could always have that Snoopy doll somewhere near me to remind me what it was like to be a kid. That was the brilliance of Charles Shulz and the PEANUTS gang. They contain that innocence that you can't find in too many places nowadays. Charles Shulz and the PEANUTS gang were so magical because it reached out to different generations. Back in November my last grandparent died. And in my grandmother's last days on this earth, she kept a Snoopy doll next to her in her hospital bed that she gave her grandson so many years before. As a kid, each one of her grandchildren had a Snoopy doll. It seemed like a part of growing up in my family. Snoopy was always there. And in my grandmothers final days, it was comforting seeing Snoopy right there next to her. In a way, it seemed like another family member was with her. I want to take this moment to thank Charles Shulz for everything he gave to this world. Thank you for the memories, thank you for Charlie Brown, and thank you for being a part of my childhood. May you rest in peace.

  • I don't know when I first started reading Peanuts, but I would like to say that it has been one of the favorite warmest funniest comic strips, I have ever had the joy to experience. All of the characters from Charlie Brown to Snoppy, Sally, Lucy, Woodstock, Linus, Pepermint Patty, Marcy, Franklin, Schroder, Pigpen, Rerun and all the others have touched my life, I have shared in their triumphs, sorrows and laugher. My God. First, Roger Vadim filmmaker, then R&B man Screamin' Jay Hawkins and just a few minutes ago on the radio I heard that, Charles M. Schulz has passed away. I've seen the Peanuts TV shows, movies and for Xmas, I got a copy of Schulz' collection of comic strips book, called Peanuts: A Golden Celebration. My mom got it for me and I thanked her. When I heard the news that Schulz died, I felt sad and almost could cry, but then my dad who was with me comforted me saying Schulz had lived a long and good life. My father is right. Rest in peace, Charles M. Schulz (for people like me your were our security blanket) and may your work on Peanuts live on forever.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 5:38 p.m. CST

    So long, Sparky. You'll be very sorely missed

    by Jopapa

    What else can be said? I'm actually teary-eyed over this. You don't realize how much someone or their creation meant to you until they're gone. We'll miss you, Charles.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Man, its a real bummer when Talkback is used as an Obituary

    by Tall_Boy

    oh well, at least geeks can express grief nationally (and rail on the one jackass who makes a joke about it) RIP Chuckie.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:15 p.m. CST

    An opinionation.....

    by brody

    Charles Schultz is dead...boo,hoo,hoo. You know, I lost my fiance 3 years ago in a car accident, that's real loss. It took me some time to get over it, and it hurt like hell, but I did GET OVER IT. I may be uncaring or I may just be a heartless fuck, but when a celebrity kicks it, I just don't care. I do like to read the talkbacks, though....sappy comments and anecdotes from people who never even met the deceased about what great a loss they feel, what a tradgedy it is, blah, blah, BLAH!! People die, live with it! And if you ever had met the corpse in question, do honestly think they remember you after they sign your autograph and leave? probably not. I know someone's gonna say, "We know them through their medium, they touch us with their words," Or something like that...but I don't want to hear it. As for "Peanuts" I used to like to read the old ones from the 1950's to the early 1970's, after that, the strip started to suck. It failed to be funny and just tried to be cute....mostly it was just an annoying waste of space and personally, Shultz should've retired long ago..!! Save the tears and remembrances for those around you. They won't be around for ever. Hey, that's just my opinion.... BE NICE. Brody

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Dirty Bird's Dirty Farewell

    by Dirty_Bird

    My favorite joke was always that Charlie Brown could never kick the football. I bet if he ever did kick it it would go like, 200 yards becuase look at how much force he'd put into it.! When he missed he'd fly like 20 feet in the air, I think if I remember right. Say, did anyone see the NFL commercial with the Peanuts gang just a month or 2 go after Charles announced his retirement? It had the peanuts gang playing football to the NFL films music, and Charlie Brown lined up to kick the gaming winning fiel Goal and Patty pulled it away from him. It was great. There was a crowd in a Stadium and The Little Red Haired Girl was a cheerleader. It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. And at the end it said "Thank you Charles Schulz" or somethign like that. It was a while ago. It was funny though. Say, is there any place that I can buy that orange shirt that Charlie Brown wore, i think I saw one once. I could always relate to him and always not being able to talk with the Little Red Haired Girl. As a matter of fact I'm still like that sometimes, and I'm almost 16...<sigh>Now that I REALLY think about it...Peanuts was one of the best strips ever besides maybe Calvin and Hobbes...<sigh>Well miss you Sparky. Time to go do my Snoopy 25 piece Jigsaw Puzzle...

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:28 p.m. CST

    My childhood crumbles

    by Withnail

    The only thing I can compare this to is the loss of Jim Henson. First Jim, now Charles. "Sorry, Billy, Santa won't be coming this year, he has cancer." I can't stand it.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Always Too Late

    by Teethclenched

    Peanuts was one of the defining influences of my childhood. But my childhood was a long time ago. I probably have not read over a dozen Peanuts strips in the last five years. I thought them not worth my time. Schulz's best work was far behind him. Now I wish I'd made sure to read every one. God bless you, Sparky. There are a lot of childhood heroes and formative-years influences out there getting older every day; for me: Ray Bradbury, Chuck Jones, FJA, Christopher Lee, Harlan Ellison-- way too many to name them all. You all have your own names to list. I'm gonna try to make it a point not to forget about them or take them for granted anymore. Life is just too fucking short for all of us.

  • Mr. Shultz left behind a legacy. What have you done for humanity?

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 6:57 p.m. CST

    A salute.......

    by Mr Big

    To the only man who ever made me give a damn about what a dog was thinking. Thanks Charles.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:01 p.m. CST

    to Brody

    by thinker

    I lost my grandmother, the sweetest lady I ever knew, just over two months ago. Yes, I am getting over it, but that doesn't mean that the death of an artist whose cartoons reached generations of children is unimportant. My god, Peanuts is a global fixture, and no matter what you thought of later strips, the man deserves respect for remaining pure to his visionn all those years, and making children smile. I have never had that much impact on people, and I am wiping tears from my eyes as I write this. I will miss the strip, and feel the loss of the man. Save your heartless thoughts for another talkback, please. Thinker

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:05 p.m. CST

    (Good) Grief

    by Brundledan

    You're right, Brody. You ARE a heartless fuck. And surprise, but MOST of us have lost people very close to us. I certainly have. Now, I may have never met Charles Schulz personally, but I felt that I almost DID know him. His comic strip was a window into his soul. He himself suggested to anyone who wanted to know what he was really like that all they need do was read "Peanuts". I'm sorry you lost someone special to you, but it's pretty damn selfish of you to assume that you're the only one and that that gives you the right to minimize other peoples' losses. Don't preach to us about who we should and should not grieve; it really makes you come across as a selfish, embittered prick. Would that, when our times come, we all could have such a massive outpouring of love and affection, from people from all corners of the globe - from people who never even met us - as Mr. Schulz has received.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Now, I said BE NICE!

    by brody

    Uncapie, didn't I say be nice? And now here you are wishing for my death. Shame on you. Aint I entitled to my opinions just the same as you and everyone else?? I have done plenty for humanity, nothing of which I am about to list here. As for a legacy, still working on that. What did Charles Schultz do for humanity?? He wrote a comic strip for Christ sakes...he didn't invent a cure for cancer....Ooops, bad example. Don't give me any crap about bringing a smile to everyones faces for many years, or anything like that... I DON'T CARE. I guess to put it a little gentler, when a celeb dies, they are never really dead, they live on through their respective mediums. So pop in your favorite "Peanuts" tape, kick back with some Skippy peanut butter on Butternut bread and a nice A&W root beer(All officially endorsed by Peanut$ and $noopy) and have yourself a million smiles for me, okay? Be Nice. Brody

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Fuck off, Brody

    by Brundledan

    I'd trade you for Schulz any day, Brody. It's pretty clear that the man had more class in his pinky finger than you can muster in your poor excuse for a soul. But maybe it's all just as well; these days there are too many shit-for-brains like you who don't deserve him. And no, that ISN'T very fucking nice. Neither are you, cheesedick.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Yes, Brody, you are entitled to your opinions...

    by Loki Trickster

    you're even entitled to be an asshole...however, when you ARE an asshole, we're entitled to tell you so. Personally, I loved the Peanuts cartoons when I was a child, but I haven't read them for years...I grew up, moved on, etc. But I feel bad about his death; I feel like there is definitely a hole where he once was. And there's never anything wrong with mourning someone's death...no matter who it is. -Loki

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:38 p.m. CST

    My Childhood is dying.

    by DantetheMallrat

    I'm Nineteen now. Almost Twenty. I should be doing a paper on Movies and Television for my FILM course for tomorrow, but I have had this on my mind the entire day. Not really an overall thought, but jagged little pieces of memory and whatever you want to call it. Personally, death has been all around me the past few months. A friend of mine died in a car accident. Sadly enough it was on the night of his bachlor party. Three months later, his daughter was born. His daughter [born Dec. 18, 1999] is the sweetest thing in the world to happen at that time. His mother was in terrible condition, [He was 21 if anyone cared] she was away from the city when he died. As was the rest of his family. Everyone had to fly in. My mother was with her at the time [they are both teachers that work together and were at a conference], and since then has never been the same. Some later, another one my friend dies. Car wreck. Coming home for Christmas. About a week ago, my friend's [the dead one] mom's husband got into a wreck and almost died. I see the world changing around me and i am powerless to stop it. Went to eat breakfast with this perfect human being this morning after i heard about the news and she says that looking back, she'd never change anything. We learn from it all. I don't know. I was named after my dad's best friend that killed himself. All our life we live in the shadow of death? is that how it goes? Hopefully not. I don't know. Anywho. This person. Maggie. She wont be reading this, she wont get mad at me. Maggie just said to live life and be happy with what you have when you have it. when it's gone, you'll regret its passing, but there is no changing it. sad, but true. Ever since, i saw Charlie Brown's Christmas, I look for the narled dog out the pound to save. I look for that one little runt that wants it moment, but because everyone overlooks it, it may never get it. I'm smiling. Thank's Harry, if you ever read this. Know that is is good therapy. Please don't charge. My aunt was the same way, with the tree when she was a kid. I went to France this year thinking about the Gang's trip over. It put a smile on my face every time i thought about it. This man, Mr. Schulz, has a legacy. he has everyone in his life captured on paper. he has depedency [linus], hope [mr brown], mischiefness [misspelled, I always thought she was like my sister, Lucy] it goes on and on. terrible. i used to love opening the comics page. calvin and hobbes. far side. outland. peanuts. the good ones leave, but family circus lives on. terrible. Looking back, i remember going through my mother's old books and finding charlie brown this and that. now a copy of the golden collection sits on my shelf in my dorm. last night. last night, i talked to my friends about the death that effected most in our lives. that is one that isnt family related. i have to say this. this is the hardest hit in my life next to bob kane and jack kirby and dr suess. no. schulz is about just...no i cant rank their importance. each of their creations has turned me into me. thanks. thanks guys. i like who've i become. and it's sad to know that these men and their creations it was raining today. seems fitting. but the people that we interact with die when we grow up. right? isnt that how it goes? mr schulz where ever you might be. what ever you might believe as a soul of after life, know that you made me laugh and smile and wherever you are...in my mind, Charlie Brown got to kick the football at least once. even though you are gone, and without a doubt you will be missed, thank you. it was hard growing up and being a blockhead. you made it easier for all of us. i regret that you will no longer be able to tell us that is okay, but without regrets...i wont look back at this negatively. you have blessed us all. i never use religious words, if that tells you how much i am moved, and well, you bring out the block head in all of us. staying up to see the red baron...thanks.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:45 p.m. CST

    You never know what you have...

    by Buckeye

    I also have to admit that over the past few years I haven't read many of the Peanuts strips that have appeared in my local paper. However, I did always make a point of trying to watch the holiday specials when they were on television. As a 33 year old, I remember reading the paperbacks that many of the others who have posted here have mentioned. My generation was raised with the Peanuts gang. From day one the Peanuts have been a part of our lives. I guess that is why a lot of us haven't kept up with the daily strips...we just thought they would always be there because they always have been. Like so many others, I could identify with Charlie Brown and I absolutely loved Snoopy. Peanuts was such a part of our lives that it's even become a part of our vocabulary. If I had a dime for every time that I or one of my friends said "I got a rock" or imitated Charlie Brown's teacher whenever a garbled message came over a loud speaker I'd be a rich man. With the passing of Charles Schulz the Peanuts have gone from being a part of our lives to being part of our memories...our history. No more new adventures for Snoopy? Who ever thought this day would come? One person who posted here said that over the past few years the Peanuts strip "sucked", that it wasn't funny just "cute". I don't think it was the Peanuts that changed, it was the world we live in that changed. I recently found out that my wife is pregnant with our first child and the thought of my children growing up without the characters that were so much a part of my life makes me sad. It'll probably be a world of Pokemon and Power Ranger clones for them. Entertaining? Sure. But where is the value? What are the lessons to be learned from them. As someone else said, Peanuts was able to accomplish teaching without preaching. You never really do know what you have until it's gone. Farewell Charles Schulz. You'll be missed by those who were touched by your work but even moreso by those who won't have the opportunity to be.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Anybody else Notice.......

    by Nymbus7

    If you get the strip Luann in your paper, the last pannel shows Luann sitting in her bedroom looking depressed and there's a poster on the wall with a picture of charlie brown saying "Bye" looking very sad and waving goodbye. It was a nice tribute. If you don't get luann there's a url in the corner www.comics.com I haven't checked it yet but I'm guessing you can see it there."Cathy" also had a tribute to Mr. Schulz today. While I usually find "Cathy" to be Annoying, this was nice. Hopefully more tributes will be popping up in the comics section real soon! Rest in peace Mr. Schulz.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Brody's last post.

    by brody

    Well, You're certainly the nasty one, aint ya, Brundledan? You said some naughty words...does your mother know??? I don't care what you think of me. I am the one lacking class?? I don't lower myself to cheap insults and cusswords to get my point across, such as you. No, I have a little more CLASS than that. Let me just say you don't know me. You don't know who I am and you can't judge me from a couple of posts. You don't want to know me and I don't care to know you. I DO find your posts to me amusing, though. I get a laugh out of them and how worked up you are getting. You start off with a semi-intelligent post to me(I never said I was the only person who ever lost someone close, pal.)and now you've gotten all FLUSTERED and the BAD words start coming out and it's pretty damn funny to read. I like it. Anyway, I am fucking off as you so politely put it. I am off to Vietnam with my wife and kid for 3 months, so DON'T bother posting anything else to me..I won't be around to read it...shame, I could use the humor. But do the rest of the board a favor and watch your language....alright? Brody

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Yes, Mr. Brody, there is a Great Pumpkin...

    by Uncapie

    That's our right to believe. You don't have to, that's cool. Just don't print callous opinions of a man who has influenced generations of people worldwide. You never answered my question of what you've done humanity? Mr. Schultz's work speaks for itself and if he made a million dollars for what he did with endorsements, God bless him! He started out with nothing and ended up with something that he also put back into the Santa Rosa community. Did you know that he built an ice rink because Santa Rosa needed one? Did you know that he gave away scholarship's to children? He wasn't some scumbag actor that throws tantrums on a movie set, commanding $20 million dollars a picture. No, he was a successful, humble man that made millions of people happy. And that, is what true success is all about.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:06 p.m. CST

    There was also a tribute from Garfield

    by user id indeed!

    He was looking at a red doghouse and going"Sigh",as he always does.Cute.Also,I like how Shultz always ended the sentences with two periods.Look back!It never failed!Two periods,like this:..Isn't that great?Sigh.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Brody, you're right. You ARE a heartless little fuck

    by Jopapa

    Schultz was a great entertainer who appealed to the Charlie Brown in all of us. Like I'm sure everyone else here has at some time or another, I've felt that I could relate to Charlie Brown frequently. I know it's gotta hurt like hell to have gone through your loss, but it doesn't mean you can't mourn the loss of a guy who was respected and loved around the world.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Now Maude Flanders is dead!!!!!!!!!

    by user id indeed!

    Aiiieeee!!!!!!So many deaths!!!!When will it end??!?!?!!?!?

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I wish I were home now...

    by Frank TJ Mackey

    Because right now my entire hometown of Santa Rosa, along with the world, is grieving for Charles Schulz. I have been to his ice arena many times: I bought my first pair of rollerblades in the pro shop, have enjoyed the annual Christmas performances there, been to many a childhood friend's birthday party there, and it was there that I first put on a pair of ice skates. You will not find better french fries in Santa Rosa than at the Warm Puppy coffee shop. Unfortunately, I never met "Sparky" in person, though I believe he attended the Christmas ice show one of the years I was there. At a young age I noted that our hometown paper printed "Peanuts" separate from the other strips, appearing at the top of a preceding page on which the horoscopes and advice columns appeared. Maybe putting "Peanuts" on the "advice" page was intentional... I often wondered if Mr. Schulz hand-delivered each day's copy of the strip to the paper, before I knew of such things as "the wire" and syndicates and the fact that cartoonists work several weeks in advance. Although I am away from Santa Rosa at the moment, I look forward to returning and viewing the city council's tribute to Charles Schulz and the "Peanuts" gang: bronze statues of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and of course Snoopy and all the rest right in the heart of downtown, where young children can gaze up at the creations, asking their parents, "Who were the 'Peanuts'?"

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:38 p.m. CST

    In Memoriam

    by Clavius

    God bless you Charles Schulz.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:40 p.m. CST

    God Bless you Charles Schulz!

    by EL Duderino

    You brought joy and inspiration to millions of people across the world. Your strip drew people closer together, and gave a shed of hope to those who were suicidal. You gave us somebody we could relate to, and a whole group of characters that has affected our lives beyond comprehension. How will the forthcoming generations survive without your inspiration? A great man has died. Not a celebrity.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Touching post here....

    by BigLarz

    I really respected Charles Schultz. Y'know, I believe that the comic strip medium reflects the creators personality more than any other medium. For example, you know Gary Larson has gotta be a weirdo. What I got from Peanuts was Charles Schultz was humble, compassionate, and greatly appreciative of the importance of friendship. I can't remember Peanuts ever making me laugh out loud like The Far Side, or Calvin and Hobbs, but I also can't remember a time it failed to put a smile on my face. Slightly off topic, did Charlie Brown ever get to kick that football? Regardless, though their creator may have passed away, Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the rest of the gang with undoubtedly continue to live on in the hearts of their legions of fans.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Sigh....

    by F For Fake

    Gil Kane, Jim Varney, Charles Schulz. This is the most depressing week I've ever experienced, I believe. Valentine's Day (tomorrow) won't be the same without the vision of Linus buying his teacher that big heart shaped box of candy. :(

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Yes,Charlie Brown did get to kick the football!

    by user id indeed!

    Repeatedly,in fact.Therev was a little-seen Peanuts special where Snoop became a magician,and when he chose Charlie for a disappearing trick,Charlie became invisible.He then decided to make the most of it by finding Lucy,who happened to be holding a football,and kicking the CRAP out of that football over and over again.Lucy was freaked,and I was chagrined.Obviouly,it was rare because the animators realized they made a horrible mistake and tried to make it as little publicized as possible.I don't remember where I saw it,but I swear it's true.I swear!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Rats!

    by Jinxo

    Someone asked what the last color strip was. It was a collage of various images from the run of the strip - Lucy getting bonked with a baseball, Charlie Brown missing the football, Snoopy fighting the Red Baron... Then at the bottom was a letter from Charles Schulz thanking everyone for reading and explaining why the strip was ending. All things considered it is more touching than it was surely intended to be. I just keep thinking about a cartoon from Saturday Night Live. It was a christmas toon where Jesus came down to Earth and was saddened that everyone had forgotten was he and Christmas were about. He was sickened by TV evangelists, politicians and religious sorts preaching hate in his name, Kathy Lee Gifford squealing out Christmas carrolls etc. Then in the end Jesus stood out front of a department store window and watched on the TV's inside the end of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special where Linus recites from the bible about the birth of Christ. Jesus got a huge grin, with tears in his eyes that someone got it right. Then to the classic Peanuts music, Jesus started to do that Peanuts dance they do in that special - where the kid's head moves from left to right as his feet point in and then out. I thought it summed up the warmth of Charles Schulz in such a cynical world and it seems the appropriate image to remember him by. God bless you Charles S. The world psychiatric help booth is closed. The doctor is out.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Godspeed, my childhood friend.

    by rlabrana

    Godspeed, my childhood friend.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 10:06 p.m. CST

    a giant has passed on

    by PRINCE OF EGYPT

    I still can't believe it. Charles M. Schulz is gone. No words can express such a loss to the world. An entertainer, artist, teacher, humourist, social commentator, and, above all else, inspiration. It is an extremely short list of people that can claim the all the same titles. I can still remember reading those words for the first time: Maybe next year! Charlie Brown epitomized Sir Winston Churchill's famous speech: "Never give up." Snoopy... what can you say about Snoopy? Everything joyous of life, that is Snoopy. When I was told I was dyslexic, I used Peanuts strips (and James Bond books) to prove to myself that it didn't matter. That a label someone else gave me didn't make a difference to who I am or what I can become. I wish I could have met him. How many people, the world over, mourn his passing cannot be counted. My 2 year old son will only have what has already been created. Will newspapers rerun (Lucy & Linus' brother) Peanuts? I honestly doubt it. I fear that it is more than just the giant that has passed into the next realm: it is more likely that his creation will vanish from the general public. All that is left is the collections that loyal fans refuse to toss aside. Farewell Charles. I'm sorry I'll never see you finally kick that football. I grieve that I'll never get to fly the Sopwith Camel with Snoopy again. That Linus and I will never spend another Hallowe'en sitting up in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin makes my heart ache. My son's birthday party was today and a friend gave him a sweatshirt with Joe Cool on it. I had to go into the next room for a while so no one would see me crying. My wife doesn't understand my emotional reaction. No sense of history, I guess. Goodbye Charlie Brown. May the Lord smile upon you for all the smiles you've created.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Who cares about a subject

    by morden

    First time poster, beware. I usually lurk around the feedbacks, mainly because I find the behaviour of many of the posters appalling. It warms my heart to at least see that on some issues there's a mostly united front. I was sad when I learned that Peanuts would end. Now, to learn of the passing of Schulz at the same time as the final strip, I'm upset. I can't imagine a world where Charlie Brown and Snoopy are just memories. I'm also upset that just because he disagrees with people mourning Schulz's passing, one person needs to try to make himself the center of attention. Brody, if you don't like seeing people mourn for one of the world's truly great men then please take your browser and click on another link - I feel sick seeing you toy with the comments people have posted here. I'm off to buy myself a big Snoopy doll to cuddle until I fall asleep...

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Brody - Be Nice!

    by Goodgulf

    Sorry for your loss, but I see you are already married to another and have a child. You end your first post with "BE NICE", but you certainly didn't write a "nice" post, so why expect others to treat you with any respect? You seem to act like only your fiance is worthy of grief. Others have done a good job of pointing out that they can grieve for family and loved ones as well as a "celebrity" whose work they enjoyed. And by your "amusement" at the responses to your post I suggest that you are merely "trolling" the Talk Back, hoping to cause discontent. That you use the death of another human being for your platform tells me much about you, none of it good I'm afraid. By the way, has the U.S. State Department warned the Vietnamese government of your impending arrival? I'm sure a person with your jovial personality will make many friends for us. Make sure you tell all the Vietnamese you meet that they shouldn't have grieved over losing Ho Chi Minh, since they didn't actually know him. And above all BE NICE!

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Dirty Bird's Dirty Thoughts on this whole brody vs. the world th

    by Dirty_Bird

    I was going to stay out of this and let the situation die down, but it doesn't look like it will. Quite frankly, I'm sick of it. It's a perfect example of how cynical this world has gotten. Is this how Charles Schulz would want it? Having people cuss and swear over him? Fighting? I'm taking sides, but my personal opinion is that he was a great man and brody certainly is entitled to his own opinion, but NO ONE should say "So What" when a person dies. No matter who it is. And everyone who responded to Brody by cussing and swearing at him need to realize that THEY are examples of the world as it is today. Now I'm no Saint by far but I have more sense then to gripe with some ignorant man whose opinions differ from mine. Just remember Schulz. If not as a cartoonist. Then as a person.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Dirty Bird's Dirty Correction

    by Dirty_Bird

    Im NOT taking sides. But I still stand with my above post.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Fitting, tomorrow is valentine's day

    by Gilda Mundson

    You know, I love peanuts. as a kid, lucy and sally were my heros, linus was just like me (blanket and all) and I wanted a dog just like snoopy. But I always felt bad for charlie brown. I wanted him to have one good valentines day. I guess that'll never happen. But I am going to be insanely sad for charles schultz all day tomorrow. Your a good man, Charles Schultz.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Being Nice

    by Brundledan

    Brody, you presumed to know all of US in your initial childish tirade. Now you want us not to judge you? That's hilarious, because everyone here already has, and with good reason. I say again: Fuck off. If you do have kids, I hope to God they're getting their values from someone other than you.

  • Feb. 13, 2000, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Forget about it.

    by Runt

    As a personal friend of "Brody's" I can tell ya just to forget about his postings and get on with your grieving. Iv'e known Brody almost all of his life, despite how cynical he seems on these talk backs, he REALLY is a nice guy. The work he has done for his community and the money he has donated to various charities both local and foreign is OUTSTANDING!! I know some will say that he is still an asshole. Don't lower youselves. Don't base your opinions of somebody over a couple of postings. Everyone is different in real life than they are online, He just gets off on little inside jokes...like the one he just played on you all. Dirty bird is right, the only reason "Brody" posted the way he did was to prove a point...that the people who responded to him with swears and insults are no better than he is, in fact some are just a little more bitter. That is what the world has come to. Anyway, he is probably on his way to Vietnam right now reading what you all have posted from his laptop and having a good chuckle. So, do us all a favor, Brody, if your reading this AND STOP POSTING!! POINT TAKEN!! From your bud, Scotty the Mouth. Ps...have a nice trip and say Hi to Thu for me...I'll miss ya both. All the rest of you potential posters, just forget about him and don't waste anymore space responding to him.....get on with getting over your loss. C'ya!! Scotty the Mouth

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 12:08 a.m. CST

    The ghetto life of Charlie B.

    by BIG JIM SLADE

    Yo yo yo, lets spark up a fatty and tip our 40's in respect my niggas.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 12:25 a.m. CST

    charles schultz said when he was gone peanuts would end | malchi

    by darthpsychotic

    *malchizedik are familiar with pee nuts it is a 'gay' version of peanuts which is absolutely hilarious. go to http://www.2xtreme.net/jwd/k6/copyrite/schulz.htm *lickerish you mentioned 'programming algorithms' are you a programmer/networker like me? i almost felt sorry for my suggestive posts about you in another area...almost ;). i also just seeing if i am banned yet.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 1:12 a.m. CST

    To Mr. Schultz and the Peanuts gang:

    by Adanedhel

    Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. "Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them." I'm not Catholic (heck, I'm not even sure of what my idea of God or religion /is/) and I don't know if Schultz was - but in my studies as a classical musician I've come to know the Catholic Requiem Mass and its many musical incarnations. And since then I've always loved it for its comforting spiritualism. Right now I'm listening to the Composer Durufl

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Brody.....

    by ruggervince

    The subject may be closed, but I wanted to add my two cents. First of all, to think you're special, and that the rest of us don't know what it feels like to loose someone special is ridiculous. One of my best friends got coked up one night and blew her fucking head off with a shotgun. Wanna know how that made me feel? Maybe some people just deal with the pain instead of trampling on the memories of the dead for comfort. I'll say this once, take whatever you're still bitter about and get over it. Otherwise, you'll pass on in the most ignoble fashion possible, alone and with no one to remember you. Late

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 3:39 a.m. CST

    *Sigh.* Didn't I just say "don't feed the Trolls?"

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    'Course, my comment got mis-posted near the top. . .in any case, the losers who post "good riddence," etc. are just trolling for flames and attention like naughty children playing with their own feces. Ignore them, for they are less then nothing.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 4:40 a.m. CST

    The words of another great comic strip artist

    by Bluefugue

    This is what "Calvin & Hobbes" author Bill Watterson said about "Peanuts," which he cites (along with "Krazy Kat" and "Pogo") as one of his three main influences: "Peanuts books were among the first things I ever read, and once I saw them, I knew I wanted to be a cartoonist. I instantly related to the flat, spare drawings, the honesty of the children's insecurities, and to Snoopy's bizarre and separate world. At the time, I didn't appreciate how innovative all that was -- I just knew it had a kind of humor and truth that other strips lacked. Now when I reread the old books, I'm amazed at what a melancholy comic strip it was in the '60s. Surely no other strip has presented a world so relentlessly cruel and heartless. Charlie Brown's self-torture in the face of constant failure is funny in a bitter, hopelessly sad way. I think the most important thing I learned from Peanuts is that a comic strip can have an emotional edge to it and that it can talk about the big issues of life in a sensitive and perceptive way." Personally, I didn't follow "Peanuts" in later years -- I was mostly acquainted with it via book reprintings of the '50s, '60s and '70s strips. But even if it did decline in the last 20-30 years, it remains one of the seminal works of pop-art of the last half-century. Schulz will be missed.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Is it just me?

    by Slaanesh

    Or am I seeing a pattern here? Some self-obsessed, attention cravin loser comes onto talk-back and posts a message that he/she thinks will be offensive to a lot of people and then acts in mock-outrage and indignation when people naturally reply and tell him/her what a moron they really are? Someone even warned you at the beginning of the talk-back that this would happen. Just take all of the "Brody's" that haunt these forums and don't pay any attention to them. Stupidity and ignorance are fed by attention, not diminished. We know he's a hypocritical, we know he's a dingus, and I'm willing to bet he's aware of it too. There's no need to point it out and justify their otherwise meaningless existence. Slaanesh out. Oh yeah, and though I never read Peanuts seriously, Mr. Schultz obviously had a profound impact on many of your lives. For that, I thank him and wish him well, wherever he may be.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Charles Schulz

    by r_dimitri22

    I was raised on Peanuts. My dad cut out every single one of them and kept them in books. I would read these books over and over, playing Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" in my head as accompaniment. When I was younger, I had a beagle and played the role of perennial loser well. I have a long history of unrequited love. There were many days when I thought about writing Charles Schulz a letter and telling him how much Charlie Brown resonated with me. I felt that the little round-headed kid was my kindred spirit, and consequently I felt that Charles Schulz was my kindred spirit. Of course, I am sure that many of us felt this way. During my sophomore year in high school, I wrote my term paper about Charles Schulz. It was a horribly written paper, but the topic meant so much to me. Last year, my ex-girlfriend (she dumped me this past Christmas, which was -- of course -- inevitable) promised me a "superlative present." She gave me a yellow Charlie Brown shirt, complete with zigzag. The gesture touched me deeply, because she knew the kinship I felt. Now Charles Schulz is gone. If there is an afterlife, I wish him the best, and I offer my condolences to his family, friends, and my fellow fans all over the world.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 11:10 a.m. CST

    What Charles Schulz did with his money

    by m2298

    From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat: "But as Sonoma County's most famous citizen and one of its leading philanthropists during the more than 40 years he lived here, Schulz was respected and admired for his enormous talents, quiet dignity and generosity. He built Santa Rosa an ice arena so kids could have a place to skate and was the benefactor, privately and publicly, to many causes. His devotion to the county is evidenced by the millions of dollars in charitable contributions given to organizations ranging from Canine Companions for Independence to the Sonoma County Community Foundation. In 1998, he and his wife, Jean, pledged $5 million for a new high-tech information center at Sonoma State University."

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Life goes on

    by djlong

    All my life (I'm 38), Peanuts has been there. Never making me laugh out loud, but always bringing a smile to my face. When I was young, I read the compilations - even clipped them form the newspaper for a while.. I watched the shows, even had the proverbial Snoopy lunchbox when I was in the 1st grade. As when Henson died, there's a sense of loss. Unlike Brody, I don't see it as an either/or situation. My neighbor's wife dies a few days ago and there were hundreds at her wake. My youngest daughter cried at the news because she was such a nice person - always with a smile on her face and a cookie on the table :-) I can mourn her death, my mother's suicide and the passing of a gifted artist and reflect what each one meant to me in a different way. I don't know how some people can make such assumptions that, just because you're lamenting the passing of someone you never met, it somehow speaks ill of you and that it means you aren't "normal"... I'll miss them all, in different ways.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Peanuts

    by Steerpike

    I remember reading Snoopy books and watching the Charlie Brown and Snoopy show. I was upset when I heard about Charles Shulz death and a bit miffed that over here in Britain it was the first mention of his retiring. At least everyone upstairs is assured a chuckle. P.S. does anyone have a url for the whole of the last Peanuts strip? At www.snoopy.com all they have is the frame with Charles Shulz explanation for retiring.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Sparky, Maude Flanders, Giadelo.

    by Toodles

    It was freaking bad enough that Charles Schulz passed on after I watched a tribute to him hosted by Walter Cronkite on Friday night. But then last night that fucking Fontana knocked off G! How could those actors be in such a movie! Watching the repeats of "Homicide" will never be the same. Oh, and Maude Flandersssssssssss' cleavage will be sorely missed...****sniff sniff...

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Brody is GONE!

    by Runt

    Didn't I politely state that Brody is gone off to Vietnam for a long time and that he wouldn't be able to read posts anymore?? not that he'd want to...he made his point, HE GOT HIS LAUGHS!! I told ya, don't bother posting to him anymore....but ya fucking did it anyway, didn't ya? Why? Does posting to him him when you know he isn't there to read it make ya feel BIG?? Does it make you look like a hero in the eyes of your fellow posters?? I think it makes ya look like a FUCK UP!! DON'T FUCKING POST TO HIM OR ABOUT HIM ANYMORE!!!!!!! He isn't here to read it and if he was, he has the CLASS not to post back anymore. He beat you. In his eyes, he won. He proved you were no better than him by your posting insults and threats. Point is....It was all a big joke to him. His Fiance didn't die 3 years ago...at least not that I remember...all part of the joke, I am sure. Smart guy, that Brody. Always proves his point. GET ON WITH GETTING OVER YOUR LOSS!! Forget him already!! Jesus! Scotty the mouth

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Sparky

    by Darth Blumpkin

    It's amazing when I hear that "Peanuts" began over a half century ago. Although I have been around for a lot less than that, I can vividly remember Charlie Brown and Snoopy being a major part of my childhood. From the sublime Christmas special, to the Great Pumpkin and countless wonderful strips, "Peanuts" was always present in one form or another. How many hours did I wile away in a sunbeam in my room with a dog-eared "Peanuts" paperback? Too many to count. And each one was an hour well spent. Thanks, Mr. Schulz for all the humor, wit and sound observation you gave us.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 1:01 p.m. CST

    geez, enough death for a while

    by RipReaver

    Could the world take a break, even for a few days and have no one die? every day on the news, on the net, athletes in busloads, young people in car ccidents, people are going down, we're all going to die AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH. it would be nice to feel alive for a bit without the dark shadow of impending doom hanging over me. even for a little while. peace mr schultz, its a sad day....

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Rats!! Good Grief!!

    by threetreys

    I guess we knew this was coming, but I didn't expect it this soon. I learned to read because of this man. I read every paperback Peanuts book I could get my hands on in first and second grade. And even after I had moved on to Hardy Boys and Treasure Island I still would occassionally pick up one of the ol' Peanuts adventures just to see what the gang was up to. I'm just glad that about a month ago I found six of the paperback adventures at a used bookstore. I've been saving them for a day when I needed some cheering up. I think I'll go read them now.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 2:24 p.m. CST

    The third is...

    by delicreep

    Someone mentioned earlier that this sort of thing happens in 3's. I didn't scan through the remainder of the posts (so many, of course) but I'd like to put in that Screamin' Jay Hawkins died this weekend. SJH was a bluesman of the ass kicker variety. He will be missed. As for Schulz, his death wounds me. I found the 'Peanuts' books of when I was just learning how to read, right around the gime I found B.C. Well, 'Peanuts' might have lost a bit of its impact over the last decade or so, but it NEVER sunk to the level of self-righteous soapbox blabbering that B.C. has.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Simplicity

    by madamimadam

    As his cartoons were simple yet brilliant, my talkback is simple yet less brilliant. We'll miss you Chuck.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 4:55 p.m. CST

    *sob*

    by Stainles Steel

    I have to express my grief somewhere! Oh Charles! How I will miss you!

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 5 p.m. CST

    my dad

    by and&and!

    every halloween my father would dress up in a home-made 'great pumpkin' costume (with only arms and legs protruding from a massive orange ball, his face hidden behind the pumpkin fabric) and give away toothbrushes and floss at the church party (he was a dentist). If you have never seen a six foot tall pumpkin walking around handing out dental implements (and I imagine most of you have not) you have not really lived. Another way in which PEANUTS was part of my life was how the movie SNOOPY COME HOME had a permanant impact on my psyche -- the way Snoopy was ready to dump Chuck for good when he had the chance to get back together with his original owner shook me up in a way I've never quite unshook from. Everything in life, I saw, was impermanent, even the bond between Charlie and Snoopy. Nothing was ever the same. Dad went to the great pumpkin patch beyond almost six years ago (that was real grief, and in a way I appreciate the distinction the obnoxious brody tried to point out between deaths of close personal loved ones and distant celebrities, although I disagree with most everything else he said, and I add this side note mostly just because brody's obnoxious runt buddy has tried agressively to silence me) and now Mr. Schultz takes his place in the pantheon of immortals, with impeccable timing, stepping into the void just as the characters he gave to the world step off stage. Thank you Charles.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Runt - What Joke?

    by Goodgulf

    I'm afraid I missed the joke. Oh well. I guess several others did too, since no one seems to be laughing, including you. I take it you don't care for Brody's joke either.

  • Feb. 14, 2000, 10:09 p.m. CST

    You're a good man, Charlie Brown.

    by AnotherClerk

    This is a painful loss of a childhood hero. I seem to be suffering quite a few of these lately, the death of Running Back Walter Payton, My football hero; Jim Varney, the hardest I've laughed at toilet humor 'til American Pie, and now Charles Schulz, who's characters influenced everyone I've ever known.(My brother has a blanky, just like Linus). I will truly miss him...

  • Feb. 15, 2000, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Next to go - that Family Circus guy. . .

    by desslok

    You know, it's a shame that the guy died and all. I used to read the comic years and years ago. However, it's also a shame that he didn't quit the strip before it went lame. Sadly, the comic hasn't been funny for *YEARS*!! Perhaps the old age was catching up to him or something, but he hasn't produced entertaining work since '90 or so. Since then he's been coasting along on the wave of success generated by the years. (kind of like what is happening to Garfield even as we speak). Sometimes you just have to know when to hang up the pen.