Stolf’s Blog 12/29/2010

OK, yesterday we had an “ugly” cat…so here’s Fractalius…and what’s he lookin’ at?

B*A*K*E*R*S  D*O*Z*E*N

(1) Things I’ve never had 3 of…never had 3 cigarettes lit at the same time…2, yeah…

(2) A horrible thought…what if the Hokey Pokey really is what it’s all about?

(3) …the Hokey Pokey was invented in London in 1940…a Hokey Pokey man
was an Italian ice cream vendor who would call “Hokey Pokey a penny a lump.”
It’s thought to be a corruption of “ecco un poco,” Italian for “here’s a little…”

(4) The secret to happiness is to make sure others know they’re the cause of it.

(5) It was reported that California has issued drivers licenses to 6 people named
Jesus Christ…using a “People Finder” I came up w/250 in the U.S.…try it and see!

(6) …and 39 people whose last name is Scrooge, most are Ebenezers, but there’s one Marley.

(7) As OWN is set to debut, I think back to something William F. Buckley Jr wrote:
I have never seen a professional baseball game, an episode of Dallas, or of Roseanne,
or of Geraldo, or of the black lady who is alternately fat and thin, I forget her name.
So? So I waste my time and take my pleasures in other ways.”

(8) Merry Christmas in Japanese is Merii Kurisumasu…Frankenstein in Japanese? Don’t ask.

(9)  …OK, since I brought it up, it’s actually not that bad: Furankenshutain

(10) Victor Borge said: Santa Claus has the right idea…visit people once a year.

(11) Good title for a football blog: Half the Distance to the Goal.

(12) Zsa Zsa Gabor reportedly said: Return the ring, keep the stone…

(13) Garrison Keiller said: “A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory,
like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” You know, I never liked him.


While nobody but Charles Schulz drew the Peanuts newspaper strips, he did employ cartoonists to work on other projects. In the early 50s there was a comic book called Tip-Top that re-printed daily strips. When Dell took it over in 1957, they decided it would do better with original stories and art. Sparky turned to his friend Dale Hale. They talked over plot lines, but otherwise Hale was pretty much left on his own…except that Schulz would “correct” Charlie Brown’s head. “He was the only person who could do it. The simpler something is, the harder it is to copy. If it’s complicated, you can cheat. But you can’t cheat with Sparky’s stuff.”

Hale also drew the A Charlie Brown Christmas book published by in 1965 to coincide with the first airing of the TV show. He drew it before the show was completed, thus a few of the episodes and pictures are somewhat different…here we see the twins 3 and 4 ice-skating…wearing strange blonde wigs! Also, see today’s Deep-Fried Hoodsie Cups for an article about another helper.

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