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Charles Monroe Schulz, the only child of Carl Schulz, a German barber (like Charlie Brown's father) and Norwegian-born Dena (Halverson) Schulz, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 26, 1922.
Charles served in France and Germany during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. He attained the rank of staff sergeant in the 20th Armoured Division. He would return on leave briefly to say goodbye to his mother, who died of cervical cancer in 1943. Charles ended up a war buff, much like his Snoopy character, and helped with a fundraising campaign for the National D-Day Memorial.
Charles married divorcee Joyce Halverson on April 18, 1951. Joyce had one child when she met Charles, Meredith, whom he would adopt as his own. They had four children together: Charles Jr-called Monte, Craig, Amy Johnson, and Jill Schulz Transki. Charles and Joyce's marriage ended in divorce in December 1972 following Charles' affair with a newspaper assistant. A year later he met Jeannie Clyde at his ice rink, and soon married her. Jean remained his wife and companion until his death.  She brought two step-children to his family, Brooke Clyde and Lisa Brockway. He also has numerous grandchildren.
On February 12, 2000, Charles Schulz died in his sleep at his home in Santa Rosa, California. His death was the result of colon cancer, and had come following a series of debilitating strokes.
Charles Schulz had an incredibly successful career as a cartoonist, one of the wealthiest ever. He earned about $30 million to $40 million annually in the years leading up to his death. At the peak of his success, Peanuts reached 75 countries, 2600 newspapers, and 21 languages each day. Charles had drawn 18,250 comics over his 50 plus years as an artist.
Charles Schulz had aspired to be a cartoonist from a young age, and began practicing by drawing Popeye. Like his character Peppermint Pattie, he flunked several of his high school classes, but his future had already shaping up as “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” accepted one of his drawings of his dog, Spike, when he was 15.
Careers don’t usually start full blown; Charles Schulz’s was no different. He spent time doing various odd jobs: grocery store clerk, lettering comics at the Catholic magazine, Timeless Topix; selling occasional cartoons to The Saturday Evening Post; teaching for Art Instruction Inc.; and drawing a weekly strip called “Li’l Folks", a precursor to "Peanuts".
In 1949, he submitted a few of the "Li'l Folks" strips to United Feature Syndicate. Although United liked the strip, they didn’t want to use the name due to its similarity to another strip at the time, and insisted on calling it "Peanuts". Mr. Schulz once said “I was very upset with the title, and still am.”
On October 2, 1950, the first ‘Peanuts’ strip was published It ran in seven newspapers that year. By 1953, the cartoon was a major success and Mr. Schulz had gone from earning $90 a week that first year, to $30,000 yearly.
|First Peanuts Comic Strip|
In 1955 and again in 1964, the National Cartoonists Society awarded Mr. Schulz the Reuben for being the outstanding cartoonist of the year. He received the Yale Humor Award in 1956 and the School Bell Award from the National Education Association in 1960. His characters made the cover of Time Magazine in 1965. He was voted International Cartoonist of the Year by 700 cartooning peers in 1978.
The cartoon only got more successful, branching into all areas, including series of books, television, movies, music, and musicals. He always insisted on drawing the strip himself, even in the final years when he drew with a hand tremor. He had continued it following quadruple bypass heart surgery in 1981, and had only taken a break for a few weeks for his 75th birthday in 1997 at the insistence of United Feature. He finally stopped drawing permanently when he received the diagnosis of colon cancer following an abdominal surgery in November 1999. His last daily strip was January 3, 2000, and his last Sunday strip ran the day after he died.
Schulz had also set the stage for cashing in on merchandising of cartoons and comic strips, with 20,000 new items merchandised with Peanuts characters each year by 1999. He personally signed on or off of each idea. He was a pioneer in the area, and was inducted into the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association Hall of Fame in 1994. He believed comics were in place to sell newspapers, so allowing those characters to sell other things as well just made sense.
Although the world of "Peanuts" and Charles Schulz were intertwined, he wasn’t just his comic strip. He loved ice hockey and owned his own ice skating rink, building a new one after the local one closed. He was also a skilled golfer. He was “beloved in life by family and community, venerated by his peers, admired by countless friends ... resident of Sonoma County for forty-one years. Lover of books, music, painting, athletics. A good and decent man. A loving husband, a wise and compassionate father to five children and two stepchildren.” He instilled in his children “the value of caring, honesty, confidence, truth, and more than anything a sense of how to appreciate life.”
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On 24 Apr 2017 at 19:21 GMT Rick Brown wrote:
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On 23 Mar 2017 at 01:59 GMT Cynthia Cloyd wrote:
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