…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 20)

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!!  It’s the World War I Flying Ace swooping in on his doghouse for a visit to Sun City Peachtree!!!

Snoopy— uh, World War I Flying Ace— must be taking a break from his battle against the Red Baron (real name Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthhofen).  He is probably exhausted, although he had just enough strength to call out, “Curse you, Red Baron!” as he often did following previous battles.

‘Ace has been fighting the Red Baron since October 10, 1965, when he first appeared in The Peanuts Gang comics.  He had a lot of ground support from his troops during his battles, beginning with Schroeder, who kept up morale by playing popular World War I songs on his toy piano.  Woodstock and his bird friends served as mechanics, ‘Ace’s sister, Belle, was a nurse for the troops, and their brother, Spike, served as a member of the infantry.  Marcie provided loyal support as the dashing pilot’s French lass.

During the Vietnam War, an American fighter squadron wanted to use Snoopy the World War I Flying Ace as their mascot, so they sought permission from Charles M. Schulz.  Since Schulz was a veteran himself, he granted approval.

Ultimately, Schulz had changed the focus of ‘Ace from the Red Baron-fighting pilot to battling love and loneliness.  As he confided to writer Rheta Grimsley Johnson in her 1988 book, Good Grief, “It reached a point where war just didn’t seem funny.



…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 10)

The Peanuts Gang took the day off yesterday, but Peppermint Patty’s best friend, Marcie, came to visit Sun City Peachtree today!

Like me, Marcie has short dark hair, and like me when I was a kid, she never wears a dress.  She most often wears an orange shirt; yellow and orange was my favorite color combination when I was a kid.  Marcie wears glasses, though, something I haven’t yet needed except for reading small print.

I always liked Marcie, because she’s smart, wise, well-read, sweet, caring and honest—everything I always aspire to be. Charles M. Schulz described Marcie this way: “Marcie is one-up on Peppermint Patty in every way.  She sees the truth in things, where it invariably escapes Patty.  I like Marcie.”

Somehow, Marcie and Peppermint Patty, have always remained best friends, even though they nave very different personalities and compete for their crush, “Chuck.”  Charlie Brown is clueless, though, and neither one ever wins his heart.

Marcie is quite a well-rounded kid.  In addition to being a good student (unlike Peppermint Patty), she’s a good ice skater, appreciates the arts (especially “Tiny Tots” concerts), and takes organ lessons.  Organized sports aren’t her forte, however, because she can never get the rules straight.  As Peppermint Patty once told her, “There is no penalty box in baseball.”

You may remember Marcie as the girl who always called Peppermint Patty, “Sir.”  Was it because Peppermint Patty was a tomboy?  I think Marcie was just quirky, but Peppermint Patty called her a “dorky kid” before they became best friends.

Well, it was great seeing Marcie today, and I look forward to seeing who will be next!

…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 7)

Today, it was Charlie Brown’s close pal, Shermy, smiling up at me from the bench of little random acts of kindness.  Although Linus was Charlie Brown’s main man, Shermy was his next closest bud in the early years.

Back in the ol’ days, Shermy was always there for Charlie when the going got tough; and, once in a while, he filled in at first base on Charlie’s baseball team.

Here’s a bit of trivia for you:  Shermy was named after Charles M. Schulz’s high school friend, Sherman Plepler and was one of the main Peanuts characters before Linus and Schroeder came along.

You wouldn’t have seen much of Shermy in the animated TV specials after the 1960’s, though.  By then, Shermy had wandered out of The Peanuts Gang.  He later disappeared from the comic strips as well.

Thanks for coming back to see us here at Sun City Peachtree, Shermy!  It has been a long time, but it was great to see you again!