Happy Birthday, Snoopy!

I don’t consider myself particularly creative, so I certainly admire creativity in others.  But I know the creative process can be long and evolutionary.

I guess this is why a post entitled “Snoopy at 65” on Facebook caught my eye.  This beloved cartoon dog’s origin can be traced back to a sketch about a pup who could eat pins, tacks and razor blades which appeared in the syndicated newspaper feature Ripley’s Believe It or Not.  Snoopy wasn’t in the first Peanuts comic, which ran on October 2, 1950.  He appeared several strips later, although he looked nothing like he does today and was a typical dog.  But within two years, creator Charles Schultz gradually began making him more human.  First came thought bubbles.  By three years later, he was transformed; he was larger, more expressive, and could stand on two legs.  The transformation continued until he became a lead character.  By one count, he’s had at least 100 different personas.

Soon a new Peanuts movie will be released.  Fox Filmed Entertainment is throwing Snoopy a little birthday party.  Fans can join in by wishing Snoopy a Happy Birthday on social media using this hashtag: #HappyBirthdaySnoopy.

Read the full story about Snoopy’s evolution at http://mashable.com/2015/08/10/life-and-times-of-snoopy/

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