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Oct 5, 2010 11:01 AM by News First 5 and wire services

As 'Peanuts' turn 60, Schulz family plans future

Good grief, Charlie Brown. The world has certainly changed since the Peanuts gang was born.

For 60 years, Charles Schulz's imaginary bunch has been a fixture of newspaper funny pages and holiday TV specials.

Now, his family is working to keep Snoopy, Lucy and the rest alive for generations to come. A handful of new projects is in the works, including the first new animated film in five years and a new social media game on Facebook, "Countdown to the Great Pumpkin."

Those who worked with Schulz say the Peanuts' enduring appeal is no surprise.

Jeannie Schulz, the cartoonist's widow, says she often hears from people about how well the characters reflect their own feelings. That may be a key to the Peanuts' longevity.

The Schulz family once lived in Colorado Springs. A wall of their home, painted by Schulz with cartoon characters, is in the Schulz Museum in California.

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