Over the years, certain television shows and movies have become a fixture of the holiday season. Some people, for instance, couldn’t imagine a run up to Christmas that didn’t include a viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life. But one year, ABC decided to edit out parts of another holiday favorite – and the decision sent fans into uproar.
Peanuts is a comic strip that was written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. Sadly, Schulz is no longer with us, having passed away on February 12, 2000, at the age of 77. Today, though, he is still considered to be among the most prominent cartoonists in history.
There’s good reason for that too. You see, Schulz, who was raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, always loved to draw, and he got his nickname, “Sparky,” from the character of Spark Plug in the comic strip Barney Google. In 1937 Schulz even signed a piece of his work as being “drawn by Sparky.”