Annotations of The Complete Peanuts/1967 to 1968

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Annotations to The Complete Peanuts: 1967 to 1968 by Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics Books, 2008. ISBN 1560978260

  • p. 8 (January 18, 1967). The Fokker D7 (actually Fokker D.VII) was an advanced German biplane that came into service at the end of World War I, while Nieuports were French-built biplanes widely flown by the Allies. The Unter Den Linden is a grand boulevard in Berlin, and is here being used as a German substitution for Broadway in the famous song.
  • p. 14 (February 1, 1967). Barnstorming was an ancestor of the modern Airshow during the 1920s, where First World War pilots flying military surplus aircraft demonstrated aerobatics and were paid to take passengers on brief flights.
  • p. 23 (February 22, 1967). Charlie Brown invokes the name of George Washington on Washington's birthday, to make Sally feel guilty about lying, as Washington was noted for youthful honesty in the apocryphal story of his childhood behavior of, after chopping down a cherry tree, telling his father, "I cannot tell a lie."
  • p. 46 (April 16, 1967). Sandy Koufax was a well known pitcher for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, who had retired in 1966.
  • p. 69 (June 8, 1967). General Pershing was the commander of the United States Army in Europe during the First World War.
  • p. 121 (October 8, 1967). Bobby Hull was one of the finest hockey players of all time, and at the time was playing Left Wing for the Chicago Black Hawks.
  • p. 141 (November 25, 1967). At the time of this strip, the New York Mets were a recent expansion Baseball club with a terrible win-loss record, which is what Linus is referring to here.
  • p. 146 (December 4, 1967). Sonja Henie was a three-time gold medal winning Olympic figure skater from Norway, who later became a professional figure skater and film star.
  • p. 200 (April 9, 1968). “Arnold and Winnie” refers to golfer Arnold Palmer, one of the best known golfers of the era, and his wife Winifred.
  • p. 201 (April 9, 1968). “Snoopy‘s Squad” presumably refers to the many fans of Arnold Palmer, who were collectively known as “Arnie’s Army”.
  • p. 206 (April 22, 1968). Petaluma, Ca., has held the world wrist wrestling championships from 1952 to 2003.
  • p. 226 (June 9, 1968). Schroeder is playing the first movement of Beethoven's piano sonata No. 8 in c minor, op. 13, the "Pathethique".
  • p. 227 (June 10, 1968). The phrase in the final frame is a spoof on the then current television spy show Mission: Impossible, in which the leader of the Impossible Mission Force is delivered a mission at the beginning of each show in the form of a tape recording. After describing the mission, the recording then warns that it will “self-destruct in five seconds” before it disintegrates in a puff of smoke.
  • p. 248 (July 31, 1968). Franklin’s first appearance in the strip.
  • p. 250 (August 4, 1968). Muscle Beach is a beachfront area in the Los Angeles, California area, known for demonstrations by weightlifters and acrobats.
  • p. 251 (August 6, 1968). "Chloe" is a Jazz standard from 1927 with music by Neil Moret and lyrics by Gus Kahn.
  • p. 266 (September 10, 1968). Tiny Tim was the stage name of Herbert Khaury, a popular novelty musician of the time.
  • p. 268 (September 15, 1968). Love beads were a frequent fashion accessory of the time worn by both male and female hippies.
  • p. 273 (September 28, 1968). A holding pattern is a circling manoeuvre used by aircraft that are waiting to land at an overcrowded airport.
  • p. 305 (December 11, 1968). Jack Nicklaus was one of the finest professional golfers of all time.
  • p. 308 (December 18, 1968). Rosebud is a reference to the film Citizen Kane by Orson Welles.
  • p. 310 (December 22, 1968). Linus is taking Lucy’s dictation with shorthand, an abbreviated form of writing that was more commonly used before the wide availability of voice recording equipment. In this era, secretaries were almost inevitably female, and a female with a male secretary would have been considered most unusual.