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ACR-114 Charles M. Schulz Day.(1999-2000)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 114

Relative to Charles M. Schulz Day.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  February 04, 2000. ]


ACR 114, Wiggins. Charles M. Schulz Day.
This measure would proclaim February 13, 2000, as “Charles M. Schulz Day” on the occasion of the last original publication of the comic strip “Peanuts” in newspapers worldwide.

WHEREAS, Charles M. “Sparky” Schulz, creator of the comic strip “Peanuts,” has announced his retirement; and
WHEREAS, A man of modest origins, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922, Mr. Schulz would have seemed unlikely to achieve international acclaim; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Schulz has been a resident of Sonoma County, California, for 40 years and currently resides in the City of Santa Rosa; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Schulz was drafted into the Army during World War II, before successfully selling any of his cartoons and where he excelled as an infantryman, a staff sergeant, and the leader of a machinegun squad; and
WHEREAS, “Peanuts,” with its simple drawing style, gentle humor, and universal themes, debuted in seven newspapers on October 2, 1950; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Schulz wrote, drew, colored, and lettered every “Peanuts” strip in a remarkably durable and productive career encompassing the past 50 years; and
WHEREAS, “Peanuts” is the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip, published in 21 languages and read by an estimated 355 million persons in 2,600 newspapers in 75 nations; and
WHEREAS, “Peanuts” has been the subject of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution, 50 animated television specials, a successful Broadway production, more than 1,400 books, and four feature films; and
WHEREAS, “Peanuts” also brought Mr. Schulz a host of honors, including two Reuben awards from the National Cartoonists Society, five Emmy and two Peabody awards, the rank of Commander of Arts and Letters from the French government for excellence in the arts, and induction into the Cartoonists’ Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Schulz has firmly established Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and other “Peanuts” characters as popular-culture icons that are cherished by generations of readers; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Schulz has been generous with his talent and resources in contributing to the community through numerous philanthropic efforts; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Schulz has graciously shared his knowledge of cartooning with other artists and cartoonists; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Schulz has influenced many of the nation’s foremost cartoonists with his depiction of children exploring such grownup topics as philosophy, literature, poetry, classical music, psychiatry, and religion; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California extends its deepest appreciation to Mr. Schulz for his extraordinary career achievements and its sincere wishes for a healthy retirement; and be it further
Resolved, That the day of February 13, 2000, be proclaimed as “Charles M. Schulz Day,” on the occasion when the last original Sunday “Peanuts” will be published in newspapers worldwide, to recognize the love and admiration that the citizens of California have for Mr. Schulz; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the authors for appropriate distribution.