By: E&P Staff
The Mail Tribune in Medford, Ore., has decided not to discontinue “Peanuts” reruns.
“We asked for suggestions from readers about what they would like to see in place of ‘Peanuts,'” the newspaper told readers. “We received a variety of responses, but the clear choice of the people was … keep ‘Peanuts,’ you knuckleheads!
“It seems that it’s hard for some of our readers to give up on Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the gang, even though their maker, Charles Schulz, has been dead for more than eight years.”
The Mail Tribune said some readers want to keep seeing the reruns because Schulz’s comic ran for so long (1950 to 2000) that “there are a lot of gags that most of us have missed over the years.”
Not everyone was happy with the decision. “Way to let 75 year olds edit the paper,” commented a reader.
The strip that got the most votes to replace the United-distributed “Peanuts” was the United-distributed “Get Fuzzy” by Darby Conley. That and/or another strip might still end up in the paper because “plans are afoot to add a comic or two,” according to the Mail Tribune.