Good Grief! – It’s Peanuts Trivia By: Paula Green

 

“In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.”

-Charlie Brown

 

       We’ve read their books and comic strips and watched their videos.  For years, folks have been entertained by the adventures of the Peanuts gang.   The creative genius behind this beloved cartoon was Charles Schulz. This month commemorates what would have been Schulz’s ninetieth birthday on Nov. 26. 

       From 1947-1950, his first regular cartoon L’il Folks was published by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  It featured a character called Charlie Brown.  Schulz derived this name from one of his co-workers at the Art Instruction Inc.

      Because of legal issues surrounding the name L’il Folks (“Little Folks and “L’il Abner” already existed), the strip was renamed Peanuts in 1950.  In addition to Charlie Brown, the three other original characters were Snoopy, Shermy and Patty (not Peppermint Patty).   Lucy and Linus joined the cast in 1952, and Sally arrived in 1959. 

      By the end of the decade, Peanuts had been picked up by hundreds of newspapers and had won Schulz a Reuben award, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society. 

      By the 1960s, the Peanuts gang was found everywhere and anywhere.  They even graced the cover of Time in 1965.  That same year, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted.  In this program, Charlie Brown looks beyond commercialism in his quest to find the true meaning of Christmas.

       It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown first aired on Oct. 27, 1966.  The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween, while Linus and Sally wait for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

      A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving arrived on the scene in 1973.  This time around, Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving.   With the help from Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

     The Peanuts crew also graced the stage in a highly successful musical.  The off-Broadway production You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown open in 1967, and ran for four years.   It starred Gary Burghoff as the loveable “block-head.”

     Charlie Brown and Snoopy even ventured to the moon in 1969, after the Apollo X crew named their command lunar modules after them.  By 1984, Peanuts had made the Guinness World Records after being syndicated to its 2,000th newspaper, reaching 355 million readers.

     In 1996, Charles Schulz was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He retired on Dec. 14, 1999, and the last Peanuts daily strip was published on Jan. 3, 2000. 

    Schulz died at the age of 77 on Feb. 12, one day before his final Sunday strip hit the presses.  He was posthumously given the Congressional Gold Medal, the body’s highest honor given to a civilian.  To this day, kids around the world know and love the Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of their gang.

    Since we have drawn your attention to the Peanuts characters, we must now animate our thoughts on this cartoon query.  Get set to don those thinking caps, because it’s time to get a little trivial . . .

 

  1. What did Charlie Brown’s parents do for a living (it is the same as Charles Schulz’s parents)?
  2. Who thinks that Snoopy is just a funny looking kid with a big nose?
  3. What is the name of Snoopy’s brother who lives out west?
  4. What does Woodstock like to swim in?
  5. What was Linus and Lucy’s last name?
  6. Who does Schroeder have sitting on his piano?
  7. Name the dirty character who always a cloud of dust surrounding him.
  8. Who hosted a Halloween party at her house in It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown?
  9. Who portrayed a shepherd in A Charlie Brown Christmas?
  10. Which character prided herself in her natural curly hair?
  11. Name the two friends that Peppermint Patty brings over to Charlie Brown’s house

for Thanksgiving.

  1. What position does Lucy play on their baseball team?
  2. What was Charlie Brown and Linus’ fourth grade teacher’s name?
  3. What was Charles Schulz’s nickname?
  4. Charlie Brown has a crush on the “Little Red-Haired Girl” what’s her first name?

 

 

 

Answers: 1. Dad – barber & Mom – housewife  2.  Peppermint Patty  3.  Spike  4. A dog dish  5. Van Pelt

6. Beethoven  7. Pig Pen  8.  Violet  9. Shermy  11.  Freeda  11. Marcie and Franklin  12. right field  13. Miss Othmar 14. Sparky  15. Heather

 

    

Sources: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article, http://petcaretips.net/peanuts_gang_characters.html,

http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/peanuts.htm,http://voices.yahoo.com/interesting-facts-peanuts-comic-strip, http://www.funtrivia.com.

 

 

 

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