December 19, 1999 |
I met Charles Schulz in 1984 at his California studio while I was on a business trip for Hallmark Cards. He was a quiet and gracious host, more at ease with the artists in our group than with the business types. He showed us around the place, talked to us about his routine and his work, shared his secret pride in his lettering, his contentment with his life. After an hour or so, he excused himself so he could go off and work on that day's strip. I got chills at the thought that a brand new Peanuts was about to be created.
December 16, 1999 |
We'll always have Snoopy. Despite the imminent and much-mourned end of the Peanuts comic strip, local and national animal experts said yesterday that Charles Schulz has left a legacy: A snoop doggy-dog named Snoopy. "Snoopy is forever," said Julie Fulkerson of the National Beagle Club. "There was an old Peanuts strip in which Snoopy says something like, 'No one should live without benefit of beagle.' Well, we will not have to go through life without benefit of beagles and Snoopy.
December 28, 1988 |
It is a bleak afternoon like so many before, and the din from the cokemongers' chorus is rising in the raw chill of Percy Street. "Yellow!" they roar, chanting the drug's brand name like Little Leaguers needling a batter. "Yelluh, yelluh, yelluh, yeLLLLUUUUHHHHH!" The sole competition comes from a boyish man with marble-blue eyes, a battered aviator jacket and a rolling voice edged with an unforgettable Cincinnati twang: "Yo! SNOOPY. " Recruiting Christians in the name of a flop-eared cartoon beagle is what Pastor Tony McCreary does for a living along North Philadelphia's streets of broken sidwalks and wounded lives.
April 15, 1990 |
It may be difficult to believe, but Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy, Schroeder and Pigpen - the whole Peanuts comic strip gang - are antique and collectible. An Official Price Guide to Peanuts Collectibles exists, as does a thriving collectors club that publishes a newsletter. And there also have been two Beagle Fests, as Peanuts collectors' conventions are called. The Beagle Fests are held in Santa Rosa, Calif., where Charles M. Schulz draws the comic strip. Schulz didn't attend the first Beagle Fest, but he showed up at the second one last summer and signed autographs.
December 29, 2013 |
An almost universal first reaction to entering David Abers and Richard Loatman's home is amazement, tinged with sensory overload. Their house, on a street in Trenton's Mill Hill section reminiscent of Society Hill, overflows with charm and intriguing architectural details. With nutcrackers, too. It all began innocently, as so many collections do. An aunt and uncle temporarily living in Germany sent Abers, their stateside nephew, a traditional wooden-soldier nutcracker as a Christmas present when he was about 12. "It happened that they had become friendly with Mark Spitz, the Olympian, and he actually guided them to the place they found my present," Abers remembers, "so that definitely gave it even more allure.
October 5, 1993 |
They call it the Tree of Life. Philadelphia-based Cigna Corp. has adopted a new logo - one that features a tree trunk and multiple leaves. Cigna's old logo, or corporate signature, featured the word "Cigna," underlined, in a blue box. Not friendly enough, Cigna's senior marketers said. The Travelers, a rival insurer, is known by a picture of a sheltering umbrella. Prudential's logo includes a piece of a rocky cliff. Allstate's name is always topped by a pair of "good hands.
May 4, 2001 |
The beloved gang of the Peanuts comic strip and its creator will be honored May 17 when the U.S. Postal Service issues a commemorative that is certain to be popular with the public. The Postal Service has ordered a printing of 125 million stamps, far exceeding the usual 90 million or fewer for commemoratives. The design features Snoopy as that adventurous World War I flying ace. The goggled beagle is the only one pictured on the stamp, but he, his master, Charlie Brown, and buddies Lucy and Linus are depicted on the margins of the sheet.
October 28, 1990 |
Lourene Nevels, a psychologist and professor at St. Joseph's University, finds truth in the humor of comic strips, especially when it comes to how the sexes communicate with each other. She cites a Peanuts strip in which Lucy tells Snoopy in the first few frames that they need to communicate to be good tennis doubles partners. Snoopy proceeds to communicate by yelling "mine" for just about every ball, until Lucy is pushed so far off the tennis court that she lands in a garbage can. The next ball comes, and Snoopy yells "yours.
August 10, 1988 |
Consumers who bought a high-priced, designer telephone - maybe a Mickey Mouse or Snoopy model - from Bell of Pennsylvania between 1975 and 1981 stand to get refunds of as much as $50 under an agreement announced yesterday. The agreement, involving the defunct Design Line telephones, settles a 1984 case brought before the Public Utility Commission by Philadelphia consumer activist Max Weiner and the Consumer Education and Protective Association International Inc., which he founded.
December 15, 1999 |
The man who gave the world Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder and round-headed Everykid Charlie Brown is calling it quits. Yesterday, Charles Schulz, creator and sole proprietor of the Peanuts comic strip, announced his retirement. "I think we have to say that he's sad about it," Schulz's wife, Jean, told the Associated Press. The announcement was not totally unexpected: Schulz, 77, was diagnosed with colon cancer last month, and recently underwent surgery. Still, fellow cartoonists and fans were stunned by the news.