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A Charlie Brown Christmas

How to pen his name

The alert… well the overly-alert… Peanuts reader knows that Pigpen’s name changed over the years, not in pronunciation, but in punctuations. When the character first appeared, his name would be written as… ‘PIG-PEN’ …but when 1958 rolled around, those single-quote marks got expanded into double quotes. “PIG-PEN” That format lasted …

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AAUGH! I missed one!

I have failed in my central role as the AAUGH Blogger. To wit, in 2018, a new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas came out, and I didn’t detect it until this month! The department store chain Kohl’s, is constantly running their Kohl’s Cares promotion, where they sell books …

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The AAUGH Blogger interviews Nat Gertler

AAUGH Blogger: Hey, Nat, what’s that you got there? Nat: It’s the A Charlie Brown Christmas Mini Puzzles box set thingy. AAUGH Blogger: Oh, a thingy, is it? What has it got in it. Nat: It has these two bags of very small jigsaw puzzle pieces. AAUGH Blogger: Do they …

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A dilemma solved

AAUGH Blog reader Mike saw me expressing ambivalence about whether to preorder the new $99.99 edition of the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack just to get the liner notes booklet… and he noted something that I missed: the same publisher is offering a new one-CD deluxe version for a far …

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A Christmas correction

Earlier, I announced that later this year Running Press would be issuing a kit with two a kit with two A Charlie Brown Christmas jigsaw puzzles and a 32-page book adaptation of the special. It turns out I was in error. The book enclosed will actually be a sticker book with …

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Two deaths

Word is going around that Peter Robbins, who provided the voice of Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas and other early specials, died from suicide last week. Robbins had a history of mental struggles, which had played itself out in drug use and earning some time in prison. He was …

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A Charlie Brown Disappointment

So I found a listing on eBay that offered four old issues of Children’s Digest, a magazine that reprinted and excerpted stories for kids. Included in the lot was the December 1970 issue. Well, I glommed on to that one, because with the cover announcement of “Peanuts” Feature: A CHARLIE …

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There will be a Christmas in 2022!

It’s the new year, and with a new year comes, of course a new Christmas, waiting just around the corner. Well, not around the near corner, but it’s somewhere around the far corner of the year, so we might as well be working toward it. Will this year bring us …

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Charlie Brown’s Big Christmas

So, my copy of that new book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas arrived today, the one that Hallmark has listed at $65… although if you act quickly (i.e., Monday, the day you’re most likely reading this), you can probably still get one at 20% off. Is it big? Well… …

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Hallmarkdown

Remember a few posts back when I told you about the very fancy new book edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas that Hallmark put out… and that with a list price of $65, I would wait for a discount of some sort to order it? Well, that day has come. Hallmark …