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“Lights and display contest!”

With exactly nine weeks until Christmas, it's probably too early to start saying that at random occasions throughout the day.

Unless, of course, you sound a lot like Charlie Brown and people enjoy hearing you say it.


Good grief

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities in California say the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in many "Peanuts" shows was arrested on charges that include stalking.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica de Cima said Peter Robbins was arrested Sunday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. She told U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/USUNac) that a background check yielded a warrant against Robbins from the San Diego County sheriff's department.

A sheriff's spokeswoman said she did not have details about the warrant.

The 56-year-old is set to be arraigned Wednesday on counts of making a threat to cause death or great bodily injury and of stalking. His manager has declined to comment.

Robbins was the voice of Charlie Brown for TV specials, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

Wednesday at 8 p.m., on KXLY


This one never packed the emotional wallop of the iconic Christmas show, even though some of the music gets recycled. But it has its moments.

The whole notion of pumpkin patch sincerity is Schulz at his best.

And it's always good to hear Charlie Brown say, "I got a rock."

This might have offered the most dramatic illustration of the fact that "Peanuts" was an adult-free zone — a big part of its magic. When Linus falls asleep out in the pumpkin patch on Halloween night, no parents check on him. It's his sister who brings him inside.

Bob Wire: Let’s Look At Comic Strips

Let’s examine those comics, shall we? I’ve noticed that a few of the strips in the Missoulian have not only lost their edge over the last couple years, but have become cutesy to the point of making me violently ill. The worst offender is Rose Is Rose. I don’t know, wasn’t it more edgy, more gritty at one time? It’s like a Doberman who’s been neutered, and now just sits on the porch with little rainbows and hearts and ice cream cones where his balls used to be. I no longer read Peanuts because it just seems so lightweight to me now. I know that Charles Schulz died ten years ago, and that the strips are selected reruns from the last 40 years or so. But I read the comics to make me laugh and/or think, not to be gently tickled with an occasionally amusing feather. Peanuts, due to its inherent time capsule status, has fallen victim to our cynical times/Bob Wire, New West. More here.

Question: Which comic strip is your favorite?