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Playing with Ideas - Inspiration for Keeping Creative Spirit Alive in Our Programs

by Lilli-ann Buffin
May/June 2000
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I awoke this morning to the sound of my clock radio and the voice of the disc jockey announcing the death of Charles Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang. Immediately, I realized the profound coincidence of hearing this news on the day his farewell comic strip was scheduled to appear in the Sunday newspaper. There is a sweet sadness to this coincidence and a certain rightness, too. I reflect on the words of Benjamin Disraeli: "Most people go to their graves with their music still in them." How lucky for Mr. Schulz to have completed his composition. How lucky for us that he was able to hear and to play out his own special song.


Through his unique genius, Schulz brought us great joy and personal insight, comfort in our shortcomings, and a cartoon circle of friends to whom we could all relate. Since his early childhood, Schulz knew what he wanted to do, and he lived out his life doing it - a labor of love and persistence. Charles Schulz created something unique and of value that contributed much to all of our lives. He was a contemporary example of the creative mind. We feel a ...

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