Charles Schulz’s life-long passion for ice hockey began with informal games played during his boyhood in the Twin Cities.
He noted in a post-script, that, “All these things have been swallowed whole and digested.” Carl included in his letter a small picture of Spike drawn by his son, Charles.
The illustration was published alongside a listing of Spike’s strange and unsavory snacks, signed “Sparky”.
In 1929, the Schulz family packed up their 1928 Ford and traveled across the country to live in small town Needles, California.
Carl, Dena and Charles Schulz rented a house at 503 Palm Way, not far from the Santa Fe Railroad tracks.
Schulz spent nearly two years at Camp Campbell training as a machine gunner.
After the first 13 weeks, Private Schulz was promoted to private first class and then moved up to corporal in the fall of 1943.During his junior year in high school, Charles Schulz’s teacher, Minnette Paro, assigned the class the task of “drawing anything you can think of, in sets of three on one sheet of paper.” The “Drawing of Threes” that Schulz created that day is particularly interesting because it is clear that Charles Schulz was keenly aware of domestic and world events at the time.Later in the school year, Schulz signed a classmate’s yearbook with the phrase, “the pen is mightier than the sword” and included an illustration of a pen and a figure in a fencing pose holding a sword.Paul, the same home where they had lived before moving briefly to California in 1929.Charles Schulz also entered high school this year, attending Central High School in St. The distance between home and school would be the farthest he had to travel to date, but The Family Barbershop was located in the middle of the route so that he probably didn’t feel too far removed from the neighborhood that he knew best.He continued to practice his drawing skills and hone his cartooning education by reading the Sunday papers each weekend with his father.