Letter: America loses two most revered heroes
To the editor:
During the first 19 days of February, two of America’s most noted figures passed away. Former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, and cartoonist Charles M. (“Sparky”) Shultz, creator and artist of the world-famous “Peanuts” comic strip.
While I’ve never really been a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys myself, I’ve always known who Tom Landry was. (Someone like me, who grew up with a father who loved watching NFL games on television, I’d have to!) I always admired his subtlety during the Cowboys’ games, and yet he was as tough an NFL coach as there ever was one. If someone were to ask me who my favorite NFL coach is, or was, I’d mention the name Tom Landry, and that was that. There was no room for discussion, and none was ever needed.
Because of my presently being busy with personal matters, it wasn’t until I’d seen the cover of an extremely recent issue of “People” magazine that I’d learned of “Peanuts'” cartoonist Charles M. (“Sparky”) Shultz having passed away. Like millions of others around the world, “Peanuts” was always my favorite comic strip, and both Snoopy and his winged sidekick, Woodstock, were always my favorite characters in it.
Charlie Brown reminded me of someone I knew from my childhood in Sacramento County, and I can picture those Vietnam veterans who had had Snoopy stenciled on their helmets. While I was still in high school, the musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown!” first came out, and I fondly recall those of us in the a capella choir (myself included) singing “Happiness Is …” during our Spring Concert in my senior year. I understand that there isn’t going to be anyone else drawing “Peanuts” now that “Sparky” has passed away. But then again, who could? He took “Peanuts” out of the funny pages and into reality better than any other cartoonist, past or present, ever could.
Mr. Landry, if there’s a football team up in heaven, I hope they’ve got you for their coach! And “Sparky,” I think the Good Lord will enjoy your work with “Peanuts” as much as those of us around the world have for nearly 50 years.
Both of you are truly missed!
Debra C. Tussey
South Lake Tahoe
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