On this day in 1950, the comic strip “Peanuts” made its debut, and it ran nearly uninterrupted for half a century. But its characters, like those in most comic strips, never grew up — they remained in a state of perpetual prepubescence. What if they had been allowed to age like the rest of us? Where would they be today?
CHARLIE BROWN: Operates Good Grief Counseling Inc., which specializes in manic-depressives and people who are just having a bad day. Moonlights as a pitching coach at high school and college levels. Married to Marcie. They have a round-headed son who wears glasses.
LINUS: Developer of Security Blanket Software, which is a hot item on the New York Stock Exchange. Worth millions. Actively involved in charitable causes, including the Great Pumpkin 5K Fun Run every Halloween. Only man who makes Bill Gates nervous.
LUCY: Serving her seventh term in Congress. Never married. Claims she hasn’t thought about Schroeder in years, but her ringtone is the theme from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
SCHROEDER: After years on the classical performing circuit, he runs a piano bar in Carmel, California. Won’t let anybody lean on his piano.
SALLY: Never quite got over being spurned by Linus. Has a cat named Sweet Baboo. Sells Mary Kay.
PEPPERMINT PATTY: Women’s athletic director at a Midwestern university. Her fashion credo: “Sandals go with everything.”
SNOOPY: In dog years, he’d be 300. Linus has created an endowment at Daisy Hill Puppy farm in Snoopy’s memory.