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Weekend Reading: James Bond, Peanuts, Bolland and Shang-Chi

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Reviews, Marvel Comics,

Twinkie The Kid and Fruit Pie The MagicianI'm still reeling from the loss of Twinkies and Ding Dongs, the meth of bloggers. So bear with me.

Tainted Archive points us in the direction of James Bond - all of the novels (including those not written by Ian Fleming) are being put online courtesy of Ian Fleming Publications.

I barely understand the world of high-finance, but apparently, Snoopy is going to be issuing bonds. Iconix, the owners of Peanuts, will use the money to go on a spending spree and acquire at least one more company for their portfolio.

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Charles Schulz Real Estate Update

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Independent,

Snoopy's DoghouseLet's check in with the sale of one of Charles M. Schulz's houses, shall we? The house is one that Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, lived in during the 1970s; he bought it back in 1973 for around $250,000.

Some of details original to when Mr. Schulz lived in the Montecito Heights-area house are still present in the home, like the chapel where he married second wife Jeannie Clyde in Sept. 1973.

(He purchased the home from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa shortly after divorcing his first wife, Joyce, with whom he had five children.) The book, Schulz and Peanuts, A Biography says that Schulz converted the chapel into what he called a "combination gym and family room."

Located just a few miles from Santa Rosa and the Charles M. Schulz Museum, the 7,230-square-foot home, which was built in 1949 and is located at 3699 Montecito Avenue, "is on a park-like, gated setting that has hilltop and city views. It sports four bedrooms, including the main- and second-floor master suites; five full baths plus a powder room; an in-ground pool; and a cabana with changing rooms and showers."

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