Snoopy's Master Heels

Calling himself “very blessed to have been able to do what I love for almost 50 years,” “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, 77, sent an open letter to readers, colleagues, fellow cartoonists and “friends near and far” yesterday. Unlike his adored comic strip, Schulz’s message didn’t produce many smiles. “It is important to me to tell you personally that I have decided to retire from drawing the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, effective with the daily release of Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, in order to concentrate on my treatment for and recuperation from colon cancer,” he wrote. “Although I feel better following my recent surgery, I want to focus on my health and my family without the worry of a daily deadline.” Schulz thanked everyone for the “kindness and support over the years,” and said, “That all of you have embraced Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus and all the other ‘Peanuts’ characters has been a constant motivation for me.”

Related Articles