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How does one explain the staying power of "Peanuts," the comic strip that began quietly in 1950 and became a worldwide phenomenon over the next fifty years? What is so special about Snoopy, a cartoon beagle, that he had been commemorated with a U.S. Postal Service stamp? Why would "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal? Author Derrick Bang explains it this way: "Spend fifteen minutes with a collection of "Peanuts" strips...and you cannot help but be impressed by the shrewd analysis and unpretentious virtue...On top of his perceptive analysis, (Schulz) always leaves us with a giggle." In the Peanuts 2002 Calendar: We All Need A Philosophy, Charlie Brown and his friends dispense Great Truths with their trademark good humor every day of the year. When Linus asks the age-old question: "If you work real hard and you get everything you've always wanted, is it worth it?" Snoopy responds: "Not if your dog doesn't like you." With a philosophy like that, Schulz truly does deserve a medal.

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