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January 13, 2013

What became of life for grown-up 'Peanuts' characters?

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The comic strip’s most famous and endearing character, Charlie Brown, has led a not-unexpectedly topsy-turvy life. He never did excel at baseball, his true love, but he became an All-State placekicker. He earned a college football scholarship and, briefly, national notoriety when his potential game-winning field was blown wide by a sudden gust of wind at the 1973 Cotton Bowl.

Charlie underwent strand-by-strand hair replacement and years of psychiatric counseling, due to feelings of inadequacy. He divorced his abusive red-headed first wife, who frequently referred to him as “loser” and “blockhead.”

He spent 30 years working in a cubicle — inspiring the comic strip “Dilbert” — but his personal life took a turn for the better when he reconnected with childhood friend Marcie, a professor of philosophy at Dartmouth College. They were married in their 30s and had three children — Shermy, Violet and Spike.

Together they’re living happily ever after, though Mr. Brown still gives out rocks to any children who trick-or-treat at his house.

Email Steve Ouellette: ouellette1918@gmail.com

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