An interview with Jeannie Schulz, widow of Peanuts artist Charles M. Schulz

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”.

Jeannie Schulz in Charles' studio

Jeannie Schulz in Charles’ studio. August 10th, 2012.

Snoopy's doghouse, wrapped by Christo

The artist Christo presented Schulz with this version of Snoopy’s doghouse.

Charles Schulz's studio

Charles Schulz’s studio, where I interviewed his widow Jeannie.

Me in Charles Schulz's studio

Here I am looking like a gigantic goober in Charles Schulz’s studio.

 

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