North Bay fire destroys home of ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz

Cartoonist Charles Schulz, shown in a 1978 file photo, created the iconic Peanuts comic strip. The original strip ran in American newspapers from October 1950 to February 13, 2000, one day after Schulz's death. It remains widely syndicated today. (AP file)

SANTA ROSA (KRON) — California’s deadly wildfires have claimed the home of ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz but his widow has escaped the flames.

Schulz’s son, Monte Schulz, says a fire on Monday torched the Santa Rosa homes of his stepmother, 78-year-old Jean Schulz, and his brother, Craig Schulz.

She’s staying with other relatives.

Schulz says he’s been told the home where his famous cartoonist father died and all the memorabilia in it are gone.

“The things that they lost in there are irreplaceable,” said Schulz. “It’s not just the memorabilia. It’s that life that my stepmother had with him. It’s completely gone.”

However, most of his father’s original artwork is in the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, and so far that’s escaped the flames.

Charles and Jean Schulz moved into their hillside home in Santa Rosa in the late 1970’s, his son said. The cartoonist died in his home in 2000.



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