Happy Franklin Day

Today is the 47th anniversary of the first appearance of Franklin in Peanuts, and they’re making a big thing of it! You can see coverage of National Franklin Day in newspapers, it was the reason for yesterday’s material on The View. Harriet Glickman, the woman who suggested the addition of the African-American character to the Peanuts cast, did a bunch of interviews during her NAACP honoring in Philly, and is doing more today.

(Why is a big deal being made on the 47th anniversary? Because movie, that’s why. But it’s a good thing, so hey!)

It may not seem like such a big thing today, but at the time, crossing the race line in a popular mainstream newspaper strip was a strong step.

Anyway, I took my post popular Franklin-oriented post, and turned it into a sharable image:


I’m also adding Franklin tag to the blog, so you can quickly find our most Franklinicious entries!


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 …

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 …

Yes, I’m talking about the Franklin radio drama again

  Yes, I’m talking about the Franklin radio drama yet again. I realize that I spoke sloppily last time when I said that I could not vouch for the accuracy of the conversations that took place. That’s acting as if they were supposed to be accurate.   This radio piece …