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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 …

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Harriet Glickman, 1926-2020

Harriet Glickman, the woman who had suggested to Charles Schulz that he add an African-American character to the strip and thus inspired the creation of Franklin, passed away this morning. Her death was peaceful, in her sleep, and she had been well prepared for this. I got to know Harriet …

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It’s Hockey Time, Franklin!

It’s Hockey Time, Franklin! is yet another kids picture book with a story that borrows bits from strip continuities but builds its own stories. In this tale, Peppermint Patty is trying to use the pond to practice her figure skating when a gang of bullies tries to take over the …

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Shoe smooch

I got a close-up look at a few pairs of the Peanuts shoes from Vanns that I posted about earlier. For a moment there, I thought Franklin was recoiling in surprise because Sally was moving in for a kiss. Then I realized that that pink dot wasn’t a highlight circle, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Franklinspiration

This weekend’s radio show “Off-Ramp”, on the acclaimed Southern California public radio station KPCC, has a piece where they talk to Harriet Glickman, the woman inspired Schulz to add racially integrate the strip, along with Ken Kelly, who helped her on the campaign. But don’t hop in the car now …

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The force behind Franklin speaks!

Mashable has up an article on the creation of Franklin, including a video of a Schulz Museum interview with the woman whose urging convinced Schulz it was time to integrate the strip.

Animated Peanuts

It’s Your Hobby, Charlie Brown

I’ve been going through the filmstrips that I received this weekend, checking some of the details (turns out I’m missing one filmstrip that I have a teacher’s guide for, and have doubles of another strip), and digging into one of them. Well, I cheated on that a bit; I haven’t dug …

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Franklin stars in…

I just got my author’s copies of issue 16 of the Peanuts comic book, published by Kaboom! My contribution is a mere three pager, but I am quite happy with what Robert Pope did with the art (and Lisa Moore’s colors are quite kickin’!) This should be landing in your …