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Audio: Charles Schulz’s UCLA speech in 1971

The UCLA Communications Studies has posted the audio of a speech given by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz in 1971. Unfortunately, even though delivered as a video, it’s only the audio – we don’t see any of the cartoons he draws for the audience.

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#1 Chris Sobieniak (@ChriSobieniak)
@ 12:58 pm

In those days, having the ability to make a recording was only possible as an audio tape on a reel rather than video, we’re lucky someone at the college had the hindsight to keep such a recording of his voice at all. Not that I expect someone to have had expensive video equipment handy to lug over for such a use, but you have to keep that in mind when it comes to scheduled lectures like this.

#2 b.j. dewey
@ 5:58 pm

Nice to hear Schulz, who was a good speaker.

#3 Jeff Payden
@ 9:48 am

Took me a few days to have time to listen to this, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening. Thanks for sharing, Alan.

#4 Joe Engesser
@ 6:44 pm

By far one of the most authentic and intimate talks I’ve ever heard by Schulz. He seems more at ease and candid in this format than in a staged video or interview. He answers the questions from the audience in such a relaxed manner and it’s fun hearing him explain things so naturally about the creative process of Peanuts. His chuckle at the end of a sentence is priceless. Hearing this makes me feel like I finally met the man. A true GEM, Alan…thanks for posting!

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