The junior members created a craft while the senior members held the business meeting. Pam gave each an 18” doll outfit of Peanuts motif skirt and a white tee shirt ready for the girls to embellish with iron on pictures of Snoopy. They also were given printed sheets with instructions on how to draw Snoopy and the other Peanuts gang and they were given pencils and coloring utensils with which to draw. Quite a talented bunch.
Then the Juniors and Seniors enjoyed a tasty potato buffet with all sort of goodies to stuff the potatoes. Dessert was cookies and brownies and everyone settled to hear Pam’s program. This included an entertaining and informative Excel slideshow plus the sharing of many surprises from the huge display of Peanuts merchandise, which filled 5 tables. There was the Peanuts gang in every form you could possibly imagine from figures tiny to 3 ft tall, plush, molded plastic, cloth and so on, plus games, dolls, books, mugs, adult clothing and hats plus 3 boards filled with information. One was about the life of Charles Shulz, another identified the Peanuts kids (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Pigpen, Marcie, Peppermint Patty, Rerun, Freida, Franklin, Woodstock, Shermy, Violet) and one was dedicated to Snoopy with all the characters Snoopy depicted like Joe Cool, Flying Ace, Detective Snoopy, Legal Beagle, etc. What a wonderful program!
Each of the girls received an Easter basket as well and all enjoyed a raffle of quite a few dolls and doll related items. The money raised will help with the future costs of the Junior club.
Charles “Sparky” Schulz (1922-2000) creator of Snoopy and the Peanuts gang:
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., raised in St. Paul, shy and introverted Charles was the only son of German-Norwegian immigrant parents. He was a good athlete and loved art, especially drawing. He served in the army during WWII then returned to work in Minneapolis doing lettering for a comic magazine. Next he became reviewed and graded lessons from students at Art Instruction Inc. He worked at his own comics until he saved enough to follow his dream. “It’s hard to believe someone can be born a cartoonist. I believe I was….it’s my life.”
Schulz’s first regular cartoons, a weekly series of one-panel jokes entitled Li’l Folks, were published from 1947 to 1950 by the St. Paul Pioneer Press with the introduction of Charlie Brown. Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2, 1950, in seven newspapers. After a somewhat slow beginning, Peanuts eventually became one of the most popular comic strips of all time, as well as one of the most influential.
United Features Syndicate split 50% of the comic strip profits with him. UFS and Shulz heavily persued every newspaper until he was creating a strip every day including Sunday for 50 years….that is 18,250 strips! They were published in 75 countries, 21 languages, 2600 newspapers.
Peppermint Patty was his favorite character. Charlie Brown, Schroeder and Linus are a combination most resembling Charles Schulz and Lucy resembling his first wife. Snoopy was not a big character until he drew him jumping in the air, walking upright and “talking”. Then he became the most popular Peanuts character. Today Snoopy, Barbie and Micky Mouse are the top three iconic American symbols.
In 2000, “Sparky” wrote a farewell strip when he knew he was very ill and it depicted Charlie Brown writing goodbye to all his fans. He passed away the night before that final strip was published. Peanuts is still published today but no new artwork is produced per its creators wishes.
“Merchandise, merchandise, merchandise!” The collectible market for Snoopy and Peanuts merchandise is growing again due to the aging of the original readers.
Junior CDC Members plus program presenter Pam.