Charles Monroe Schulz

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Charles Monroe Schulz was the creator and cartoonist of the comic strip Peanuts. Charles has won two Peabody awards, two Reuben awards and five Emmy awards on his comic strip. Charles is also a member of the Cartoonist Hall of Fame. When Charles was a boy, he started to draw when he was only six years old. In second grade, he was awarded one of the most outstanding students in his class. When he was older, Charles was so smart that he was allowed to skip two grades in high school. After high school, he took some art classes from the Art Institute. Charles Monroe Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922. He was the only son of Carl and Dena Halverson Schulz. Charles' dad Carl, owned and worked in his own barber shop in St. Paul, Minnesota. Charles' mom Dena, was a stay-at-home mom. Charles' uncle gave him a nickname when he was only two days old. He nicknamed him “Sparky”, after the comic strip character “Spark Plug.” Spark Plug was a race horse who was a new character on the comic strip called Barney Google. When Charles was a kid he liked to play sports. His favorite sports were baseball and hockey. Charles had learned to skate when he was very young like all of his friends. One of the only was to play hockey on ice was to skate on patches of ice in a local park or in their own backyard. But Charles found a different way to practice, he would play indoors. He used tennis balls for hockey pucks as he hit them into a goal he made in his basement. His grandma used a broom to make some very good saves as a goalie. One day when Charles was doing an art project at school, his teacher thought that maybe someday Charles would be an artist, even though no one in his family was an artist. Every weekend, Ch... ... middle of paper ... ...strips. In November 1999, Charles had a stroke. Later after the stroke, He found out that he had colon cancer. He announced his retirement on December 14, 1999. Retiring was very hard for Charles. The last original Peanuts comic strip ran on Sunday, February 13, 2000, just a day before he died. Charles died in Santa Rosa, California from his colon cancer at 9:45pm on February 12, 2000. He died when he was only 77 years old. He was buried in Sebastopols' Pleasant Hills Cemetery. Charles was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The Congressional Gold Metal is the highest award that the United States can give. Charles was honored on May 27, 2000 by cartoonists of 42 other comic strips paying respect to Charles and Peanuts after Charles' Death. Newspapers are rerunning the comic strip after Charles' death. Peanuts has been running for nearly 50 years.

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