Thursday, October 18, 2007

Charles Schulz--THE REAL STORY

I'm an outspoken person at times, OK, all my waking hours... Charles Schulz and Peanuts are sacred ground to this cartoonist. That's publicly known, so I wasn't surprised when I was asked recently to review David Michaelis' book SCHULZ AND PEANUTS: A BIOGRAPHY.
I was VERY surprised however, to find innaccuracies on practically every page and a Kitty Kelley-esque hatchet job on the man who gave us Charlie Brown and Snoopy. For the first time, I decided to decline writing a review of this book, because I don't think it deserves ANY attention whatsoever. Instead, I want you to hear the truth coming from those who knew "Sparky" best, his children.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/books/more-on-the-schulz-book#comment-35036

I encourage folks to read this thread, three of Schulz' four children make it very clear how they feel they were misled during the years of Michaelis' contact with them while writing the book. And if it is not evident, for the record, I am 100% in the Schulz family corner on this.
I'm very interested in your comments and thoughts--In the words of Charlie Brown, "ARRRRGGHH!" Actually that's just one word-- (sigh!)
A tip of the Field fedora to Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew for this revealing thread.

1 comment:

hubbithub said...

"...three of Schulz' four children make it very clear how they feel they were misled during the years of Michaelis' contact with them while writing the book."

Schulz has *five* children, doesn't he? Meredith, Monte, Amy, Craig, Jill...not in chronological order, I'm sure; also, we all know now that Meredith wasn't his biological child but I cannot imagine that he didn't adopt her, and since he raised her from a near-infant I feel that she's more his child than her bio-father's. (NOT that we, the general public, needed to be told all of this, which we did not; I'm sure Meredith is embarassed and distressed by it. Maybe. Maybe she doesn't give a flying flip.)