Our father, believe it or not,
was the kid after whom the famous cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz named his Beethoven-adoring, Lucy-allergic character
in Peanuts. We've pasted below the St. Paul Pioneer Press
article describing the connection, published in the days after Harry's
Harold F. Schroeder, Jr., 1968. Right: cartoon panel copyright United
Media, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY.)
To squelch the guffaws of skeptics and doubters,
here's a thumbnail
of the 1930 census page showing our father, Harry Jr., on the cusp of
his fourth birthday, living with his family at 1411 Randolph Street in
St Paul. A quick
( ) will confirm that Harry's house lies
1.7 miles south & east of Charles M.
Schulz's home above his father's barber shop at the corner of Snelling
and Selby. That's where Charles Schulz was raised, as he recalled
in his 1975 book A Peanuts Jubilee. Harry, born in 1926, lived in
the Randolph St. house all
through the 1930s, as shown in his parents'
Harry, in fact,
lived quite a bit closer to
Highland Park Golf Course than Charles Schulz did -- about a 10-minute
walk away (Charles Schulz lived about a 10-minute streetcar ride away). Highland Golf
Course is where Charles Schulz recalled meeting a caddy named
Schroeder, where he got the name for his character. As a boy
Harry caddied at Highland every summer, nurturing his lifelong love
affair with the game of golf.
(Right: Highland Park Golf Course,
looking south from 1515 Highland Parkway, with the signature Highland
Park Water Tower in the upper right, ca. 1950)
Harry's father and Uncle Ray
lived even closer to the golf course than Harry did -- about a 30-second
leisurely stroll out the front door and across the street.
Ray's house at 1515 Highland
Parkway, built around
1940, boasted a lovely view of the 7th fairway, with its hugely fun
sledding hill. (Harry's parents divorced in 1939, after which
Harold Sr. kept the house at 1411 Randolph St. Five years later,
in 1944, Harry turned 18 and joined the Navy, after which Harold Sr.
sold the house on Randolph and went to live with his brother Ray a few
The black & white photo above, taken around 1950, shows the view out
the front window of 1515 Highland Parkway on a typical winter's weekend.
We moved into that house in 1968 and built a big addition in the early '70s;
on the left is a photo of us kids running around with the dogs on the
same patch of land in fall 1972 (tons of photos
of the construction, many taken from atop the hill you see here,
old water tower can be barely glimpsed behind the big blue one; click on
image for full photo; the tree in the foreground is very probably the same tree that appears on the
far right of the black & white photo above).
So that's the golf course that Harry our dad used to caddy on from
1936-39 or so, and that Charles Schulz caddied on at the same time.
That's where they met and where Schulz got the name Schroeder -- just as
he says in A Peanuts Jubilee. And that's a fact.
impressive array of evidence
is an article that appeared in an
Italian news service, and an item from a Turkish website, all
appearing around the same time as the Pioneer Press story --
testifying -- as if such testament was needed -- to the profound
importance of these absolutely stunning facts. (Apparently the New
York Times found the story too big and decided not to touch it --
and honestly, who can blame them?)
Peanuts namesake Schroeder dies at
June 27, 2002
By Kermit Pattison
The Saint Paul Pioneer Press
Schroeder Jr., a contemporary of cartoonist Charles Schulz who may have
inspired the name of the Peanuts character, has died. He was 76.
to fit Schulzs description of a boyhood acquaintance who was the
namesake of the piano-playing cartoon character.
named after a young boy with whom I used to caddy at Highland Park golf
course in St. Paul," Schulz wrote in the 1975 book, Peanuts Jubilee
My Life and Art with Charlie Brown and Others. "I dont recall ever
knowing his first name, but just Schroeder seemed right for the
character in the strip."
was born in 1926 and grew up in Highland Park. He worked as a caddy at
the golf course between ages 8 and 14, said his son Mark Schroeder.
at age 77 in 2000, was four years older than Harold Schroeder. The
future cartoonist lived in an apartment building above his fathers
barbershop at the corner of Snelling and Selby avenues in St. Paul.
said his father and Schulz were not close friends but acquaintances.
Schroeders second cousin was Schulzs baseball coach.
initially discounted the possibility that the character was named after
him. He only became convinced when he saw the Peanuts Jubilee book for the first time around last Christmas, said Mark Schroeder.
"He said, Its
got to be, " said his son. "There were no other Schroeders in the
neighborhood, and there certainly were no other Schroeders who were
caddies at the Highland Park golf course. He put on a sheepish grin and
said, I guess so. There it was in black and white. He was a
black-and-white kind of guy."
also were enough to convince Ruth Begell, director of the Charles M.
Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California.
"He used to caddy
at the Highland Golf Course? And hes the right age?" she asked. "Its
Schroeder worked as an
architect and lived in Shoreview. He is survived by five children, two
step-children and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 1
p.m. today at Sunset Funeral Chapel, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd., St.
from an Italian News Service (www.afnews.info)
from June 2002:
Muore lo Schroeder dei Peanuts
Harold F. Schroeder Jr., un quasi coetaneo del cartoonist Charles
Schulz che probabilmente ha ispirato il nome dellomonimo
personaggio dei Peanuts, è morto a 76 anni. Schroeder ha preso il
nome da un ragazzino con cui andavo a fare il caddy al campo di golf
di Highland Park a St. Paul scrisse Schulz nel 1975 in Peanuts
Jubilee: My Life and Art with Charlie Brown and Others. Non credo
di aver mai saputo il suo nome, Schroeder da solo andava bene per il
personaggio della mia striscia. Schulz è morto nel 2000, aveva 77
Translation: Harold F. Schroeder Jr., a contemporary of
cartoonist Charles Schulz who probably inspired the name of the
"Peanuts" character, died aged 76."Schroeder was named after a young
boy with whom I used to caddy at Highland Park golf course in St.
Paul," Schulz wrote in the 1975 book, "Peanuts Jubilee: My Life and
Art with Charlie Brown and Others." "I don't recall ever knowing his
first name, but just Schroeder seemed right for the character in the
strip." Schulz died in 2000, aged 77.]
Source: afNews/Goria/Autore_Tutti_i_diritti_riservati - www.afnews.info
(accessed Aug 2006)
here's an item
from what appears to be a Turkish website on the same topic.
We're not exactly sure what it says, but since the words "Charles M. Schulz,"
"Harold F. Schroeder," "golf," the number "76," and a cartoon
of the piano-playing Schroeder character all appear on the same
page, we feel pretty
safe in assuming that it has to do with our dad Harry:
Martin Schulz'un bant
çizgi romanı Peanuts, az sayıdaki Türkçe
edisyonlarıyla ülkemizde fazla bir popülarite
yakalayamadıysa da, mizahıyla olduğu kadar yan ürünleriyle
de fenomen olmuş bir
başyapıt. Çok sayıda karakteri birarada ele alan çizgi
romanların da ilk örnekleri arasında gösterilen
Schulz, karakterleri nasıl yarattığını alatırken,
Lucy'nin kara sevdası olup piyano başında vakit geçiren
akıllı uslu Schroeder'in esin kaynağını şöyle açıklıyordu:
golf kursu aldığımız bir çocuğun soyadıydı
Schroeder. Önadını belki de hiç öğrenmemiştim,
hatırlayamıyorum, ama yıllar sonra çizgi romanda yarattığım
karakter için bu isim biçilmiş kaftandı..."
Schulz'un sanatı ve kaynakları üzerine yapılan bir
araştırmada tam adının
Harold F. Schroeder
henüz tespit edilen bu karakterin, kısa süre önce
öldüğü ortaya çıktı. Kaderin bir cilvesi olsa gerek, onu
ölümsüzleştiren Schulz da, 2000 yılında, 77
yaşındayken hayata veda etmişti.
Schulz'un ölümünün ardından çok sayıda çizgi roman
ustası saygılarını kendi sanatlarıyla ortaya koymuştu.
Bunlardan birkaç örnek için tıklayın:
http://www.cizgiroman.gen.tr/haber/491 (accessed Sept
Now THAT should convince
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