Charles Monroe Schulz was the creator and cartoonist of the comic strip Peanuts. Charles has won two Peabody awards, two Reuben awards and five Emmy awards on his comic strip. Charles is also a member of the Cartoonist Hall of Fame. When Charles was a boy, he started to draw when he was only six years old. In second grade, he was awarded one of the most outstanding students in his class. When he was older, Charles was so smart that he was allowed to skip two grades in high school. After high school, he took some art classes from the Art Institute.
Charles Monroe Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 26, 1922. He was the only son of Carl and Dena Halverson Schulz. Charles' dad Carl, owned and worked in his own barber shop in St. Paul, Minnesota. Charles' mom Dena, was a stay-at-home mom. Charles' uncle gave him a nickname when he was only two days old. He nicknamed him “Sparky”, after the comic strip character “Spark Plug.” Spark Plug was a race horse who was a new character on the comic strip called Barney Google.
When Charles was a kid he liked to play sports. His favorite sports were baseball and hockey. Charles had learned to skate when he was very young like all of his friends. One of the only was to play hockey on ice was to skate on patches of ice in a local park or in their own backyard. But Charles found a different way to practice, he would play indoors. He used tennis balls for hockey pucks as he hit them into a goal he made in his basement. His grandma used a broom to make some very good saves as a goalie.
One day when Charles was doing an art project at school, his teacher thought that maybe someday Charles would be an artist, even though no one in his family was an artist.
Every weekend, Charles would go to the local drugstores and buy the two Minneapolis newspapers. He would also buy the two St. Paul newspapers. After he bought the papers, he and his dad would have four whole sections of comics to read. Charles had no brothers or sisters to read the comics with so his dad was his only reading partner. Their favorite comic strips were Buck Rogers and Krazy Kat. He began to draw pictures of his favorite cartoon characters when he was six.
After Charles graduated first grade, he and his family moved to Needles, California with their Boston Bull Terrier, Snooky. Needles is a small town on the California and Arizona border. In Needles, California, the Schulz had some family who had already moved there. One of the family members was Charles' teenage cousin, Howard, who has Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis causes bacterial growth on the lungs. One symptom is having a hard time breathing. In California, Carl still worked as a barber, only this time he worked with another barber, his brother-in-law, Monroe. Together they worked in a building in downtown Needles.
After they moved back to St. Paul, Minnesota, he was allowed to skip two grades, so he usually was the smallest in his class. After he graduated...