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NO. R-172. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING CHARLES SCHULZ, THE FATHER OF THE PEANUTS COMIC STRIP.

(J.R.H. 132)

Offered by: Representative Poirier of Barre City.

Whereas, the adoring father of the Peanuts comic strip, Charles Schulz, and his loveable characters, Snoopy, the imaginative and cunning dog who aspires to be the flying ace foe of the "Red Baron"; Charlie Brown, the little boy who is his less-than-triumphal owner; Lucy, Charlie's opinionated colleague; her brother Linus who refuses to forego his precious blanket; and Schroeder, whose keyboard talents, whether performed as a gentle pianissimo, or a resounding fortissimo, have musically serenaded many a strip, have brought joy to newspaper readers for nearly half a century, and

Whereas, even as a doodling young lad, Charles Schulz aspired to a career as a daily comic strip cartoonist, and

Whereas, Charlie Brown first appeared in a single-paneled comic in the Saturday Evening Post, and

Whereas, after assuming weekly residency as "L'il Folks" on the pages of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the lives of Charlie Brown and friends were expanded into a full-length Universal Feature Syndicate comic strip named Peanuts, and an American legend was born, and

Whereas, the hilarious and poignant adventures of Charlie Brown's entourage have grown in popularity, and they now appear in 2,600 newspapers in 75 nations and in 21 languages, and

Whereas, the Peanuts characters have traveled far beyond their colorful newsprint home to adorn calendars, clothes, toys, videos, lunch boxes, and a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon, and

Whereas, Charlie Brown has been the star of his own Broadway salute and Snoopy's aeronautical exploits have been musically acclaimed, and

Whereas, Charles Schulz, who, sadly, has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer, has decided that Charlie Brown's daily ball playing, Schroeder's concertizing and, yes, even Lucy's haranguing of her cohorts, must immediately cease with their final newspaper appearance on January 4, 2000, and

Whereas, the Peanuts characters will live on in many media and in the hearts of children everywhere, regardless of their ages, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Charles Schulz for brightening our lives each day with his wonderful array of Peanuts' characters and stories, and wishes him a speedy recovery, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the father of Charlie Brown, Charles Schulz, in Santa Rosa, California.