...an iconic group of cartoon characters ... and an empire ... were born:.
Originally called “Lil' Folks,” the strip was renamed “Peanuts” by United Feature Syndicate, the first publisher to syndicate the comic. According to the Schulz Museum, it was a name [Charles] Schulz never really liked.
Through five decades the "Peanuts" rolled on. From comic strip, to books, to gargantuan merchandising, then to Broadway and years of animated television specials.
"Peanuts" helped cement the fame and fortune of a young Latino animator named Bill Melendez who walked out on strike at the Disney Studios in 1941, and gave long-term employment to a lot of Los Angeles animation artists for a lot of years.
So here's to Charles M. Schulz, fifty-eight years after the births of his famous brain children.