Snoopy’s lost Christmas Story

Panel from The Christmas StoryJust added to the Reference Library: the December 1968 issue of Woman’s Day magazine. Why? Because starting on page 46, there’s a four page, twelve panel original Peanuts tale: “The Christmas Story”. As Snoopy listens on, Linus quotes from the bible (the same quote he’d put forth on TV three years earlier) and Lucy muses on Santa. Like the better-known “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking” from five years earlier, this is a “lost” piece of real Schulz, unreprinted in the ensuing years. The story, black linework on colored pages, is such a draw that it’s the focus of the cover.

It’s a nice little piece (although admittedly, I like “Christmas Stocking” better), and given the strong public connection between Peanuts and Christmas, I’m a bit surprised that these works haven’t been put to more use. (Although I did recently learn that “Christmas Stocking” was put to a double use at the time; Charles and Joyce Schulz used extra copies as their Christmas card!)

Folks have always gotten Peanuts wrong

Occasionally, I flinch hard at some error I see in writing about Peanuts. It’s always tempting to think “people have gotten real sloppy about such things.” Well, I was just doing some research about Happiness is a Warm Puppy, and I ran into this piece of writing from an issue …

Out of the evacuation zone

Breath easy (although if you’re around here, not too deeply.) The evacuation zone has been pulled back, the Schulz Museum is now outside of it. As for the AAUGH offices… well, we’re much closer to fires than we were this time yesterday. The Reagan Library is about 10 miles away. …

Fire update

People have been asking me to keep them updated on the fire in Santa Rosa. I can’t promise to keep this up constantly, but here’s the map at the moment. The fires have definitely been heading toward the museum and surrounding buildings, and are at this point about 4 miles …