I’ve always been a Peanuts fan. I loved reading Snoopy’s adventures when I was a kid. And I remember picking up a Peanuts anthology during a particularly tricky stretch of my adult life and feeling less lonely simply because I was reading about characters whose neuroses mirrored my own.
While recovering from my wild boar attack in California earlier this summer, I visited the Charles M. Schulz museum in Santa Rosa. Schulz is, of course, the artist who drew Peanuts during its fifty-year run. I was impressed with the museum, and thought that I might try my luck to see if I could interview someone there for my website. After a little bit of back and forth, I was able to set up interviews with Jeannie Schulz, Charles’ widow, and museum archivist Lisa Monhoff.
I think this interview will probably work best with minimal introduction, so here you go — I guess the only thing that you’d need to know going in is that Charles Schulz’s nickname is “Sparky”.