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Matt Weinstock, Nov. 27, 1959



  Nov. 27, 1959, Peanuts
image Another panel you'll never see in the legacy sitcom version of "Peanuts."


Dog's Day in the Sun


Matt Weinstock

    Inasmuch as the subject was brought up here, it's only fair that we have a final report on Glenn Shahan's miniature schnauzer, Henry.  It may be recalled that Henry developed a persistent hacking cough and  a veterinarian said the only thing was to send him to Palm Springs for a week in the dry sunshine.  The pooch, not Glenn -- he can't afford it.

    While there Henry lounged around in a plush Doggie Dude ranch, presumably with swimming pool and chuck wagon chow.  As a result of mention here he received three hand-knit sweaters, a car coat, a parka, an Ivy League cap, several boxes of dog candy and a flock of get-well cards.  Furthermore, he flew back from Palm Springs, his health recovered.

     He also acquired a furtive look and Glenn suspects he is secretly planning another cough so he can go to Acapulco next time.  Take Glenn's word for it, he's only going one place -- back to obscurity.

::

image    THE
controversy over the Pasadena art find reminded Jeff Davis of a classic story heard in art circles.

    Just before WWII a South American millionaire bought a Titian in Italy for a high price.  Fearing the broker would tip off government officials and he wouldn't be able to get it out of the country, he hired an artist to do a portrait of Mussolini over the Titian and he got it through without trouble.

    When it arrived in South America the owner hired an expert to remove the Mussolini portrait.  He did so, then scraped off a little of the Titian preparatory to restoring it.  Underneath he found another portrait of Mussolini.

::

    LIKES GIRLS
Seven radiant maidens
    vying for Rose Queen-
Lovelier contestants seldom
    have been seen.
Good thing I'm not judging
    or they all would ween!
    --JUAN LIGHTHEART


::

    A PUBLICIST who is on all sorts of mailing lists received an invitation the other day to a $100-a-plate dinner in January.  He happens to be unemployed at the moment and any thought of attending it is out of the question.  But he was fascinated by its note of urgency.  "Better hurry," it concluded, "first come, first served."

::

    FURTHER PROOF
that school teachers watch over their little ones in more ways than parents suspect was contained in this note, printed in huge letters, which Craig Atterbury, 6, brought home:  "Dear Mother: I was not a good citizen today at school.  I walked under the slide, I bothered four children and I ran through Miss Rattray's game circle."

::

    THEN THERE WAS the letter Kimberly Clement, 5, brought home from her kindergarten teacher, Toni Criley, at Silver Spur school in Rolling Hills, titled "Teacher Observations": "Kimberly is a happy, well-adjusted girl who co-operates cheerfully with others.  She is a good worker, finishing every project she starts.  She speaks clearly and distinctly.  She learns easily and enjoys using the concepts and words which she has learned.  However, she sometimes seems to daydream during class and thus misses some of the things which are said."

::

    ON THE EVE
of another football week end let us unleash two inescapable thoughts which seem to permeate a topsy-turvy season:

    1.  All football is dull when your team loses.

    2.  Gloating is what the opposition does, never you.

::

    AT RANDOM --
When a sporting postman on a Hollywood beat delivers a postage-due letter to recipients  with gambling instincts, they flip a coin -- double or nothing . . . Pictorially and dramatically the $15 million movie "Ben-Hur" is magnificent.  But it does get gory here and there.  In fact, after the press review one gal remarked, "No wonder the price of ketchup went up!" . . . A pleasant gentleman sat down at deputy registrar Bernard Wiener's table in front of a market at Sepulveda Blvd. and Devonshire and said he had changed his residence and wanted to re-register.  After he'd gone, a bell rang for Wiener.  It was Ken Maynard, his boyhood idol.  He regrets he didn't express his admiration.

Nov. 27, 1959, Abby 
 
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Comments (1)

Interesting that you would single this particular "Peanuts" strip out for a "not in the 'legacy sitcom version'" comment, since this dialogue was repurposed for "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and it has thus been heard on TV every year since 1965.

At any rate, the "legacy sitcom version" comments on this blog are a little disingenuous. United Feature Syndicate offers two separate "Peanuts" rerun packages. The Times is running a package of strips from the 1990s, after the dimensions of the strip were changed in order to fit more easily on a "modern" comic strip page. However, a package of older strips is also available to newspapers, and of late, they've been from the late 1950s and early 1960s; today's strip in that package was from 1962. The syndicate apparently considers the older strips to be their "primary" reruns, since that's the package they show online (at http://comics.com/peanuts/). Now, it's probably just as well that The Times isn't running the older "Peanuts" strips -- I've seen them in other newspapers that have stretched them to fit on their current comics page, and they look horribly ugly.

Yes, I know, this was probably more of a response than was deserved by an occasional offhand comment on this blog, but that's what you get from comic strip fans such as me.


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