Facts about Snoopy
Originally a minor figure, Snoopy grew to become the strip’s best-known character. His quirks were famous: sleeping on top of his doghouse, pretending he was a WWI airplane pilot or Foreign Legionnaire (in costume), showing the ropes to his bird friend, Woodstock, and even playing shortstop on Charlie Brown’s sandlot baseball team.
Snoopy appeared in Peanuts comic strips from 1950 until Schulz’s retirement (and death) in February of 2000, and now appears in rerun strips in hundreds of newspapers. Snoopy was featured in “flying ace” mode on a 34-cent stamp issued by the US Postal Service in 2004, and also appeared on a 2015 set of stamps celebrating the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.
While pretending to become a famous writer, Snoopy invariably began stories with “It was a dark and stormy night.” The phrase was originally penned by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton in his 1830 story Paul Clifford… Snoopy inspired another popular catch-phrase, this one created by Schulz: “Happiness is a warm puppy”… Snoopy lent his name to the lunar module for the Apollo 10 space mission, NASA’s last test flight before the Apollo 11 landing of Neil Armstrong; the command module on Apollo 10 was known as Charlie Brown.