Franklin’s “Mom” gets the good treatment in Philly

You’ve seen me talking before about Harriet Glickman, the woman whose letter to Schulz inspired him to create Franklin in the 1960s – the letter itself is included as a pull-out item in my book The Peanuts Collection. Since then, she’s been getting ongoing attention, which hit a high point over the past few days at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia, where she sat for a number of interviews, got recognized by the NAACP, and got honored by the city itself, with a presentation by Mayor Michael Nutter. There’s an article covering some of this here (expect more to come; she did over a dozen media interviews while there) and pictures of her with Mar Mar Tidbit, the voice of Franklin in the upcoming Peanuts movie, here. (And in the small-world department, the pictures here are them being interviewed by Patti Jackson of WDAS – the same radio station where my stepbrother-in-law Tony Brown is host of the 7 PM to midnight shift!)

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Trusting journalism is hard

Did Schulz get idea from his kids? Was his dog like Snoopy? This 1957 article makes it clear: the answer to both questions is “no”! This 1958 article begs to differ! 40 SHARES Share Tweet this thing Follow the AAUGH Blog

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Ken Kelly dies

ABC News is reporting that Black space engineer, housing advocate Ken Kelly dies at 92. Ken’s place in the Peanuts world is that when Harriet Glickman was trying to convince Schulz to add an African-American character to Peanuts and Schulz was dubious about how that would be accepted, Ken was the …

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Fine figures

I don’t collect Peanuts action figures. I have accumulated a few over the years, but I make a point that the only thing I actually collect is Peanuts books; that is a sufficiently large and expensive hobby on its own. Which is not to say that I cannot appreciate the fact …