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Clinton Honors Charles Schulz

June 21, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Four months after his death, Charles Schulz is getting an honor he always wanted.

President Clinton signed a bill Tuesday giving the creator of the ``Peanuts″ comic strip the Congressional Gold Medal, the country’s highest civilian honor and the one thing that Schulz _ a World War II veteran _ had desired.

``Peanuts″ fans across the country started a letter-writing campaign advocating the tribute for the artist who brought to life the angst-ridden character of Charlie Brown for nearly 50 years.

Schulz gave the nation ``a unique sense of optimism, purpose, and pride. Whether through the Great Pumpkin Patch, the Kite-Eating Tree, Lucy’s Psychiatric Help Stand, or Snoopy’s adventures with the Red Baron, `Peanuts’ embodied human vulnerabilities, emotions, and potential,″ the measure said.

The 77-year-old cartoonist died in February of complications from colon cancer. His wife Jeannie is expected to accept the award.

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