Good-bye, Charlie Schulz

By Ashleigh Viveriors
Garden Valley Collegiate
Winkler, Manitoba

On February 12th, the night before his last comic strip was scheduled to run, Charles "Sparky" Schulz died in his sleep. The creator of the popular comic strip "Peanuts" was 77 years old and had been drawing Charlie Brown and his gang for 50 years.


Schulz is part of an elite group, a group of people who have had the ability to touch generation after generation with their work. Charlie Brown and Snoopy have been around for my entire life and through the lives of my parents. Snoopy and Charlie Brown have become as globally recognized as Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. Unless you've been living in a cave for the last 50 years, you will at some point in your life have heard of the Peanuts gang.

In Charlie Brown, Schulz has embodied a little bit of everyone. We've all had the metaphorical kite stuck in the tree and the football pulled out from under us. We've all dragged around a security blanket of some kind or another and every one of us has felt like a loser.

Schulz touch so many people all around the world in such a relatively short span of time. Charlie Brown grew into a constant in some lives that never went away. For some, he was there in childhood and rediscovered in adulthood. The poor little loser that was Charlie Brown could never truly die.

Although no new strips will be produced, I'm certain that the old ones will never disappear. With classic television specials like Charlie Brown's Christmas or the Great Pumpkin, that are watched annually by millions, the Peanuts gang hopefully will be around for generations to come.

The psychiatrist is now truly out for good, and Snoopy will never again sit atop his dog house as the infamous Red Baron, but we will always have the memory of the man that was Charles Schulz through the comics he created.

As we say our farewells to both Schulz and the Peanuts gang, perhaps it isn't "Good-bye, Charlie," just "See you later."