By: E&P Staff
Andrews McMeel Publishing has just released Don Fraser’s and Derrick Bang’s “SecurityBlankets: How Peanuts Touched Our Lives.”
The collection of more than 50 true stories demonstrates how Charles Schulz’s simple strip provided more than a daily smile. Its impact, according to the publisher, ranged from a Snoopy plush toy that affirmed a child’s belief in Santa Claus to Peanuts collection books comforting “a lonely immigrant who knew little English and found it hard to make friends,” to the origin of the Peanuts Collector Club.
A Peanuts fan since serving as a Marine Corps fighter pilot 40 years ago, Fraser founded two companies that created and marketed Peanuts character merchandise worldwide. He was a friend and tennis partner of Schulz for more than 35 years.
Bang, whose love of Peanuts grew from the paperback collections his father gave him as a child, is entertainment editor for The Davis (Calif.) Enterprise and author of two books about Schulz’s work: ’50 Years of Happiness’ and ‘Charles M. Schulz: Li’l Beginnings.’ He freelances for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and writes and edits the newsletter of the Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif.