The Man Who Put Snoopy on the Moon

Cernan

NASA is reporting the death of Gene Cernan, the last human being to set foot on the moon… and the reason while Snoopy is still there. During his Apollo 17 mission, he and fellow astronaut Harrison Schmitt had the explorers’ prerogative to name the geographic features they discovered. And thus, there is a crater called Snoopy. Cernan also was involved in naming the Apollo

(I’ve talked to people in the space program, astronaut and otherwise, and given their views of things, I suspect that Cernan would’ve been glad to sacrifice his “last man” status, that he would rather that humans were still directly exploring that which lies beyond out atmosphere.)

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The Untouchable Charlie Brown

If you look at this ad, you may be wondering (as I did when I stumbled across it) why Charlie Brown is advertising a television show in 1963… and why, of all shows, he’s advertising The Untouchables. (Or you may be one of the many people now populating the earth too …

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Peanuts First Edition guide

As proud as I am of my Peanuts Book Collectors Guide, it is not the be-all and end-all guide…. and as much as I have visions of making it so, the real life of being a father of two, the runner of a business, a make of dinners, and a …

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Peanuts and the public domain

As you may have seen discussed elsewhere, as of today, the first couple Mickey Mouse cartoons are in the public domain in the United States. That means that people are free to make not just copies of the cartoons, but derivative works based on those cartoons. It doesn’t mean that …