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Quoting the Great Author Snoopy

Charles Schultz’s beloved beagle, born Oct. 4, 1950, often sat atop his doghouse banging out great opening lines, but alas, he just couldn’t follow through.

His first literary lead was, “It was a dark and stormy night,” from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s 1830 novel “Paul Clifton.”


The missus had a favorite Snoopy strip framed for my office wall.

“I love you,” she said, and together they laughed. Then one day she said, “I hate you,” and they cried. But not together.

“What happened to the love that we said would never die?” she asked. “It died,” he said.

Ted Buss, for The Times Record News, quotes some favorites from that great writer Snoopy.

Unfortunately he starts his column with a false statement:

The greatest author never to be published is arguably Snoopy.

Snoopy’s stories were published in thousands of newspapers and also as books.

© Peanuts Worldwide

Community Comments

#1 Stacy Curtis
@ 3:58 pm

Charles SCHULZ.

#2 D. D. Degg
@ 4:40 pm

So two false statements. (I didn’t catch that.)

#3 Bob Crittenden
@ 10:29 pm

Are we counting the false statement in the Ted Buss story? As Woodstock was named after the music festival, it would have required a TARDIS for the bird’s first appearance to be “March 4, 1956.”

#4 D. D. Degg
@ 9:15 am

As Andrea points out the bird first appeared pre-Woodstock (though not 13 years prior) and was named post-Woodstock.

But why is it so hard to get it right, Peanuts facts are readily available.The most common error, as Stacy points out above, seems to be getting Sparky’s name spelled correctly.
But there is a lot more.

Yesterday The South Peace News reminiscenced in print:
“Charles M. Schulz’s last Peanuts strip ran in newspapers Feb. 13, 2000. The next day, he died in his sleep at his home.”
“Everyone” knows Schulz died the day before that last Sunday,
not the day after. Yet, there is the alternative fact in print.

#5 Andréa Denninger
@ 9:52 am

I seem to have pointed it out in the wrong place. What I wrote was: Wikipedia writes: Woodstock is a fictional character in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. He is best known for being Snoopy’s best friend. The character first appeared in the April 4, 1967 strip, though he was not officially named until June 22, 1970.

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