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Good Ol' Charlie Brown



Good Ol' Charlie Brown
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     challenging words:    controversial, intent, popularity, leagues, based, reading, saying, original, religion, actually, red-haired, imagination, series, army, fell, housewife
     content words:    Charlie Brown, Charles Schulz, Barney Google, World War II, Art Instruction, Believe It, Li'l Folks, Paul Pioneer Press, United Features Syndicate, Li'l Abner


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Good Ol' Charlie Brown
By Jane Runyon
  

1     On October 2, 1950, the world was introduced to a little round-headed boy named Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown grew in the imagination of a man named Charles Schulz. Schulz was introduced to cartoons at a very young age. One of his uncles gave him the nickname "Sparky." That came from a horse named "Spark Plug" found in a comic strip called Barney Google.
 
2     Schulz grew up in the heart of the Midwest. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1922. He left Minnesota while a member of the U.S. army during World War II. He returned to his roots after the war. He took a job at Art Instruction, Inc. as an art instructor.
 
3     Schulz's first cartoons were drawn for a reality based strip called Ripley's Believe It or Not! The pictures he drew were of bizarre quirks of nature you would have to see to believe. He then drew pictures for a comic book called Topix published by a Catholic company. The first cartoon series he did of his own was called Li'l Folks. This weekly comic appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1947 to 1949. Many of Charles Schulz's cartoon friends made their first appearance in the Li'l Folks stories.

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