Jean Schulz safely escaped the fires as they started sweeping via Santa Rosa, California, earlier than daybreak Monday, however the blaze burned to the bottom the house the place she and the late “Peanuts” creator lengthy lived.
“I’m devastated by the lack of the house I shared with Sparky for 25 years,” Schulz tells The Washington Publish, “the reminiscences of which crammed me with happiness daily.”
The cut up-degree hillside house was constructed within the Nineteen Seventies and had housed a drawing desk that belonged to the beloved cartoonist, who died in 2000, in addition to some “Peanuts” keepsakes.
Jean Schulz is president of the board for the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Analysis Middle, which was opened in Santa Rosa in 2002. The museum, which homes a lot of the unique “Peanuts” artwork and far memorabilia, introduced Thursday that it’ll shut till additional discover due to a scarcity of energy, whereas additionally noting that the constructing was spared from injury.
“I’m grateful,” Jean Schulz says, “that the museum in Santa Rosa (nonetheless) exists to share the work of this excellent man with the world.”
Santa Rosa is dotted with tributes and “Peanuts” character statues marking the reminiscence of the Minnesota-born cartoonist, who turned a favourite son in Sonoma County whereas dwelling within the space for 4 many years.
One in every of his sons, Craig Schulz, additionally misplaced his residence within the Santa Rosa fires – certainly one of almost three,000 houses destroyed within the metropolis.
Greater than 30 individuals have died in California’s deadliest collection of wildfires in eighty years, and lots of of individuals are nonetheless lacking.
Writer Info: Author/artist/visible storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the “Comedian Riffs” column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Publish’s E-book World.