Pat Shingleton: "Coats and Peanuts..."
In December, 2008 we were preparing for our "Pat's Coats for Kids" distribution. Traditionally, the school counselors arrive at the back parking lot of WBRZ and secure the needed coats for their kids. Similar to 2008, closed schools and tricky travel prevented the distribution and will be completed on Monday. The comic strip “Peanuts” would regularly depict a variety of weather scenes that included Snoopy sunbathing atop his box, Lucy carrying an umbrella, and Charlie Brown shoveling snow. The Little Blue Book notes that on December 9, 1965, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered on television and was based on the Infancy Narrative of St. Luke as Charlie tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. The program won an Emmy and a Peabody Award that resulted in 30 additional Peanuts shows. Peanuts creator, Charles Schultz’s first job was a cartoonist at the Catholic magazine, Timeless Topix. His cartoon strip was retired in January, 2000 and when the final “Peanuts” cartoon appeared in the Sunday papers, he died in his sleep on February 12, 2000.