AAUGH.com news: Snoopy’s writing life

In this issue:

* SNOOPY’S WRITING LIFE

* CLARK GESNER PASSES AWAY

* MORE BABY SNOOPY STUFF

* MUSEUM READY TO OPEN (KINDA)

* THAT PEANUTS GOLF BROCHURE

SNOOPY’S WRITING LIFE

I’ve got more information that upcoming book
SNOOPY’S GUIDE TO THE WRITING LIFE. This
September hardcover will include advice
from 30 top writers, including such folks
as William F. Buckley, Jr., Danielle Steel,
Ray Bradbury, and Sue Grafton. Monte Schulz
is editing it with Monte Conrad, and you can
see the cover to it on the page of upcoming
Peanuts books:

http://AAUGH.com/upcoming.htm

(Pre-order it now for 30% off the cover
price!)

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CLARK GESNER PASSES AWAY

Clark Gesner, the talented composer and lyricist
who was the creative force in turning the Peanuts
strip into the hit play “You’re A Good Man, Charlie
Brown”, passed away last month at age 64.

And while we’re on the sad news, Bill Mauldin,
the award-winning cartoonist who entertained the
U.S. forces with accurately hilarious cartoons
during World War II, is in failing health. Schulz
always had Snoopy visiting Mauldin to quaff some
root beers and talk about the old times; at this
point, it seems that the main thing that cheers
up this 80 year old is when he is visited by
WWII veterans telling tales about the war days.

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MORE BABY SNOOPY STUFF

The amount of babystuff decorated in Baby Snoopy/
Little Snoopy designs is quickly growing. Just
added to the AAUGH.com shop are a walker, a
bassinet, a port-a-crib set, and a fleece blanket.
Go to http://AAUGH.com/ptoys.htm to see the full
list.

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MUSEUM READY TO OPEN (KINDA)

The Charles M. Schulz Museum And Research Center
is less than a week away from its opening, and
it’s almost kinda ready. Some of the many features
planned for this museum may not be quite ready
on the opening day, but the museum folks are in
extreme hustle mode trying to ensure the best
possible experience for those who come to the
opening festivities. (And hey, a museum should be
a living, growing, changing thing, so there’s
nothing wrong with starting with a simpler museum
than planned.) And besides, with all of the
special things that they have planned for their
opening period (guest appearances by Peanuts
book authors, cartooning demonstrations, and so
on), any trip to the Schulz museum should be a
good one!

As for my own appearance there: I have my plane
ticket and my hotel reservations, so everything
is going ahead as planned! I’ll be speaking on
August 23rd, 24th, and 25th, several times each
day. I’ll be speaking for fifteen minutes or
so about the history of Peanuts books, showing
off some interesting volumes, and then fielding
questions.

For more information on the Schulz Museum
opening and related activities, go to:

http://www.SchulzMuseum.org

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THAT PEANUTS GOLF BROCHURE

I finally managed to find my copy of that
Peanuts-illustrated golf brochure that I
first mentioned a couple newsletters back.
Luckily, the extra time has given me a chance
to get a better understanding of what I have.

EAY WAY TO LEARN GOLF RULES is an 88 page
self-covered 3″ x 4.5″ booklet put out in
1989. While the booklet does have a lot of
illustrations, the Peanuts material is only
on the last 6 pages, where you’ll find
five captioned drawings illustrating different
aspects of good golfing manners. Some of
these images looked familiar, so I did some
checking — they showed up in An Educated
Slice, a golf-themed Peanuts collection.
However, that book wasn’t published until
1990, and it seems unlikely that they had
Schulz do original drawings just to fill out
the back of a booklet, so I did a bit more
research. I discovered that the National
Golf Foundation, publishers of Easy Way,
has other booklets and brochures with Peanuts
images… including one on golf etiquette.
While the current edition was published in
1997, I suspect these drawings were made for
an earlier edition of the etiquette
brochure.

Two of NGF Peanuts publications are still in
print: WELCOME TO GOLF (a 32 page self-covered
booklet) and GOLF COURSE ETIQUETTE (a brochure).
I expect to lay hands on both of these soon.
Only problem is that I can only order the
Welcome To Golf booklet in fairly large quantities.
I’m thinking about offering these two booklets
plus two Peanuts illustrated golf booklets from
the USGA in a set for about $10 postpaid… would
anyone be interested in such a set?

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That’s all the news and notes for now. Barring
a sudden spate of news, this will be the last
newsletter before I appear at the museum. I hope
to see some of you there!

As always, address any questions, comments, or
email address changes to: nat@AAUGH.com

–Nat

proprietor

http://AAUGH.com

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