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Peanuts by Charles Schulz for January 03, 2000
Charles M. Schulz's public announcement of his retirment.<BR><BR>Dear Friends, I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to maintain the schedule demanded by a daily comic strip. My family does not wish Peanuts to be continued by anyone else, therefore I am announcing my retirement. I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy ... how can I ever forget them ... Charles M. Schulz
I felt like crying when I read this at the time. Having read Peanuts my entire life, it felt like a part of my childhood had ended. I still feel sadness that the strip ended. As much as enjoy the old strips, it feels like a living world ended without closure. Charlie Brown never got to kick the ball. He, Sally and Lucy never saw the people that they pined over returning their love. Rerun never got his dog.