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For as long as I can remember I've loved "Peanuts", the wonderful creation of the late Charles M Schulz.
At primary school we had a book club from which you could buy books(what a wonderful thing, letting children buy books!) Age 7 years old I bought my first book..a "Peanuts" Compilation and I was hooked.
Schultz is a hero to me on so many levels..he showed me art could be fun and I've never stopped drawing and painting. He showed me books could be fun..I read books avidily.
He taught me the power of an image..some of his funniest and most striking cartoons had no words just a picture..Snoopy kissing "crabby" Lucy...Linus with his Security Blanket..Charlie Brown sighing..
The best thing about the "Peanuts" Characters was that they never gave up...Charlie Brown always believed one day he would kick that Football...Lucy took all Schroders Slights...Linus waited for "The Great Pumpkin" Every Easter...The World War 1 Flying Ace(Snoopy) Always believed he would get the Red Baron.
When I heard Charles M Schulz had died I cried..because with him part of my childhood died too..Snoopy was no more..Charlie Brown would never Kick that Football.
For me He was a great artist and surrealist on a par with one of my other artistic heros Salvador Dali (more about him soon)I will pay tribute to other heros soon too.
Who are your Hero's and why?
All "Peanuts" images on this blog are placed in tribute to Schulz.
8/18/2005 4:24 pm
I once did a report in art class about Charles M Schultz. We had to write a report, and design a placemat with a plate and silverware. The placemat was one of the cartoons, painstakingly reproduced to every detail, of one of Charlie Brown's many attempts to kick Lucy's football, with Lucy having set up video equipment to catch it all. The plate had Snoopy sitting on his doghouse, with Woodstock flying happily overhead. And the napkin had Charlie Borwn giving his "good grief" face. It was a lot of fun.|
As for heroes, I wouldn't say I have many. Certainly not a famous person. My hero is my grandpa. He was the greatest man I have ever known. He was strong in everyway, and he took no bullshit from anyone. He was one of the few stable father figures I had. He and my uncle. Certainly not my dad, or my other stepdads.
Come into my realm! You aren't afraid...are you?
8/19/2005 10:50 am
It's funny you should put your Grandpa, I was thinking of my Grandad(as we call them over here) when i put Hero. He Survived four years fighting the Japanese in the jungle of Asia. Being captured and escaping, before returning home in 1946. He was a quiet decent man who loved his family.
Thanks for the post.