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IN THIS ISSUE:
*PEANUTS CLASSICS BOOKS: BACK IN STOCK
*NEW PEANUTS TV SPECIAL AND CD NEXT WEEK
*EXCLUSIVE BOOK NO LONGER AVAILABLE
*BLANKETING WITH GOODNESS
*INTERESTING PEANUTS BOOK
It’s been a slightly quiet time (and believe me, I needed the rest), but things are perking up again, so I figured it was time for another newsletter.
PEANUTS CLASSICS BOOKS: BACK IN STOCK
The publishers have been promising this, and now they’ve lived up to their word: A bunch of Peanuts Classics books, reprinting strips from the ’50’s through the ’70’s, are now back in stock! Newly re-available books include:
Peanuts Every Sunday: This book has nothing but Sunday strips from 1958 through 1961. There’s some nice stuff in here. What’s Wrong With Being Crabby? has dailies from 1962 and 1964 (its original title was As You Like It, Charlie Brown.) My Anxieties Have Anxieties has strips from 1968 and ’69. (This is a reprint of the book You’ve Had It, Charlie Brown.) You’ve Come a Long Way, Charlie Brown (mixes late ’60’s and early ’70’s; due to an error, it’s only half a reprint of the old book by the same title. The other half reprints part of a different book.)
All these are listed on the front page of http://AAUGH.com to make your ordering easy.
NEW PEANUTS TV SPECIAL AND CD NEXT WEEK
Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years is a tribute special hosted by Whoopi Goldberg (a bit of trivia for you: Whoopi has a Woodstock tattoo!) Guests include musician Faith Hill and sports Joes Torre and Montana, plus Willie Mays. This is supposed to have some new original pieces of animation. This is not some tribute thrown together to exploit the recent tragic events; it was in progress before Schulz’s retirement. It airs next Wednesday (May 10th) on CBS. Airtime is 8 PM in most markets; be sure to check your listings. Get your VCRs ready! You’re friends are going to want to see this, but they’ll not have noticed it’s on, because it’s up against Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
The accompanying CD (also called Here’s To You Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years) ships next week. This has music by David Benoit with appearances by Al Jarreau, Take 6, and even a "duet" with a recording of Vince Guaraldi. You can order it now, from the music page of AAUGH.com
EXCLUSIVE BOOK NO LONGER AVAILABLE
The exclusive Barnes&Noble reprint of Peanuts Treasury is sold out online, and I suspect you’d have a hard time finding it in any of the chain’s stores. I hope that those of you who really wanted it managed to get it before it was gone.
BLANKETING WITH GOODNESS
Project Linus is a charity that provides security blankets for ill and traumatized children. It’s a little thing that kids can hold on to, and it can make a big difference. This organization isn’t a little thing, though; they have delivered over 185,000 such blankets. If you like to sew, and would like to be sewing for a good cause, check these folks out at www.projectlinus.org (or catch them on Oprah on May 8th!) They could also use financial contributions, of course.
INTERESTING PEANUTS BOOK
The latest thing to be dragged into my museum of interesting Peanuts books is THE WOMEN’S SPORTS FOUNDATION’S COOK BOOK. Doesn’t sound like a Peanuts book, does it? But if you looked at it, "Peanuts" would pop to mind before "Women’s Sports" ever did. The front cover is a Schulz drawing of Snoopy eating cereal, accompanied by Schulz’s recipe for cold cereal. The back cover has a big photo of Schulz, with a bio of him (at least of how he related to women’s sports; he was a trustee of the foundation.) And each chapter inside has a Snoopy illustration (that’s 9 of ’em). The recipes are contributed by a lot of women’s sports greats and some other famous folk, like Bruce Jenner, Don Meredith, and O.J. Simpson (remember, this was published in 1983, back before his reputation changed.) Published by Leisure Press, this book has been out of print for years. It is one to keep an eye out for!
Well, that’s all the news for this time. Be sure to stop on by the shop and the collector’s guide (I’m always polishing that thing up, adding bits of info and organizing it better.) And if you have any comments, questions, or complaints, just write me at nat@AAUGH.com !
–Nat Gertler proprietor http://AAUGH.com