Charles "Sparky" Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, sadly passed away on this day in the year 2000. I'm truly baffled as to why this day isn't commemorated as one of the United Nations special observances. Sigh. The UN have declared 2008 as the International Year of the Potato. Ok, sure, I respect the positive role that the potato can play in providing food security & eradicating poverty & I like potatoes as much as the next person, but geez...c'mon Mr UN Secretary-General, what about Peanuts? Is there not room in 365 days of celebrating the attributes of the humble potato to indulge in one little day of Peanuts? Today should be officially proclaimed & observed as International Day of Peanuts. A day to heighten & promote public awareness of the greatness that is Peanuts (to include a Public Holiday to commemorate such an important observance is highly recommended). February 12th should indeed be a day to pay tribute to Mr Schulz, respectively acknowledging & highlighting the contribution he made towards creating a better world. Yes, an invitation to all nations & people to honour the memory of the man who gave birth to Charlie Brown. The man who created a perfectly imperfect character, allowing us to embrace our faults & celebrate our inadequacies. Yay! Charles M. Schulz lives on through his work as a global ambassador of unique & subtle humour...& li'l folk neurosis. You're the Greatest, Charles Schulz.
You so NEED The Complete Peanuts in your life if you're a Peanuts fan. This series of books published by Fantagraphics contains every strip Schulz ever created. Every 6 months a new book is released & each edition contains 2 years of strips. A total of 25 volumes will be printed. Volume 9 is scheduled for release in May & it will include an introduction by filmmaker John "Pope of Trash" Waters! Can't wait to read THAT intro!
Well, I'm not waiting for a response from the United Nations so I'll get the ball rolling on this one. So...
Happy International Day of Peanuts!