I’ve been a fan of Peanuts and its creator Charles Schulz since childhood — reading the comic strip in the Los Angeles Times when I was growing up.
Dad was born in Sebastopol in Sonoma County, and Schulz built his first studio there. As it turns out both are buried in the town — a few hundred feet from each other.
Schulz’ son Monte used to live in Nevada City, and he’s now in Santa Barbara.
I was saddened to learn that Charles Schulz’s home in Santa Rosa burned in the fire:
“The widow of the late Charles Schulz, creator of the iconic Peanuts comic strip, escaped the fire racing through Santa Rosa this week, but the hillside home the couple shared since the mid-1970s was destroyed, according to family members,” the San Jose Mercury News is reporting.
“Jean Schulz fled her home at about 2 a.m. Monday and is now staying with family, her stepson, Monte Schulz of Santa Barbara, said Wednesday.
“’She is very resilient,’ he said. ‘She is energetic and pragmatic and very tough.’
“Jean Schulz is president of the board of directors for the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center built in Santa Rosa two years after the cartoonist’s death in 2000. Most of his collection of original comic strips, artwork and memorabilia featuring characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang, is housed at the museum, which was untouched by the fire.”
The rest of the article is here.