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Charles Schulz Charles Schulz was the cartoonist for the comic strip peanuts He researched designed wrote and drew every strip that appeared in the daily and Sunday newspapers around the world for almost 50 years Charles Schulz was born November 26 1922 in St Paul Minnesota His father was a barber and struggled to make enough money Early on he knew that he had talent for drawing because he could draw better than his older cousin His teachers kept telling him that he was going to be an artist He said that he was born to draw comic strips My ambition from earliest memory was to produce a daily comic strip said Schulz Even though his family did not have a lot of money they still found a way to enroll Charles in a correspondence course in cartooning The school is now called the Art Instruction Schools Inc in Minneapolis As a student Schulz struggled through the program because he was shy and insecure He submitted his coursework by mail instead of in person He received a C at the art school in the Drawing of Children Schulzs mother Dena was diagnosed with cancer at about the same time he was going to school The whole family from their nice home to an apartment above a drug store Eventually Schulz finished his correspondence courses in cartooning and tried to sell his cartoons Before he could successfully sell any of them he was drafted into World War II Within days of being drafted his mother passed away Charles Schulz said that being drafted into the military welcomed a change of pace and a shocking confirmation that life would never be the same again In the military Schulz developed the work ethic that caused his life-long success He excelled as an infantryman a staff sergeant and the leader of a machine-gun squad During his years in the service Schulzs put most of his illustrating
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