Charles Schulz

by: Tessa Mitchell

Linus for President - Clip

Childhood

Charles Schulz was born on November 26, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but he grew up in St. Paul. His nickname was Sparky after the cartoon dog Sparky. His parents names' were Carl Schulz and Dena Halverson. He loved to draw and he liked to draw his dog, Spike. Spike would eat eat unusual things, such as pins and tacks. Charles went to the Richards Gordan Elementary School and the Central High School. He skipped two half grades in elementary school. About 60-70 years afterwords a 5-foot-tall statue of Snoopy got placed in his high school.

All Grown Up

Career

Charles' first cartoons were called Li'l Folks. That was were he first used the name Charlie Brown. He gave the name Charlie Brown in four cartoons to three boys and one boy who was buried in the sand. Li'l Folks also had a dog that looked like Snoopy. The reason why Li'l Folks never became that famous is because Peanuts was originally titled Li'l Folks. He created Peanuts in 1950. Peanuts is about 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds based upon semiautobiographical experiences. Peanuts' main character, Charlie Brown is based on Charles Schulz as a kid.
Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown - Clip

Morning Routine

  • eat a jelly donut
  • look through the daily mail
  • come up with idea for daily comic ( few minutes-few hours )
  • draw the comic ( one hour on weekdays and three hours on Sundays )

Personal Life

He married Joyce Halverson (who was not related to his mother) in 1951. Charles enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club from 1951 'til the end of his life. He and Joyce had four children. By November 1970 it was clear his first marrige was in trouble. Charles was cheating on Joyce with a 25-year-old woman named Tracy Claudius. He and Joyce got divorced in1972 and in September of 1973 remarried Jean Forsyth Clyde (not Tracy Claudius) whom he met when she brought her daughter to a hockey rink he was at the same day. He remained married to Jean for 27 years, until he died in 2000. Charles underwent heart bypass surgery in July 1981. Amazingly, President Ronald Reagan phoned him to wish him a quick recovery during his hospital stay.
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown - Opening

Danger and Death

On May 8, 1988 two armed gunman tried to kidnap Jean but fled when Charles' daughter drove into thier driveway and parked. Jill saw what was going on and went to a neighbors house to call the police. The officer on the case said, "It was obviosly an attempted kidnap-ransom. This was a targeted criminal act. They knew exactly who the victims were." In November of 1999 it was discovered that Charles had colon cancer. He died in his sleep on February 12, 2000 around 9:45 pm due to complications arising from his colon cancer. The next day, the last original Peanuts strip was published on Sunday, Feb. 13.

Bibliography

  • wikipedia.org
  • Midcontinet Public Library Database