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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Nationally recognized documentary on Franklin

Okay, it’s a middle school documentary, but the fact that a documentary about Harriet Glickman and her efforts to get Peanuts to add a Black character got some recognition makes me happy. And it would’ve made Harriet happy, if she was still around. Which is just another reason for me …

Schulz/Peanuts news
Christo R.I.P.

The artist Christo, famed for humongous fabric installations that permeated the landscape or wrapped around large items, has passed away from natural causes at 84. His relevance for Peanuts is that he was not only mentioned in the strip, but he interacted with its world, as he wrapped Snoopy’s doghouse in …

Schulz/Peanuts news
More on Harriet Glickman

Jean Schulz and Schulz Museum director Karen Johnson have posted their memories of Harriet Glickman, the woman who suggested to Schulz that he add an African American to the cast. And here you’ll find the interview I did with her for the podcast, recorded in the same home where she’d …