SOMETHING FUNNY’S GOING ON HERE

October 2 in history:

To match Reuters Life! PEANUTS-ANNIVERSARY/

“Good ol’ Charlie Brown…How I hate him!”  That was the punchline for the first “Peanuts” comic strip that appeared in newspapers on October 2nd, 1950.  Charles Schulz wrote and drew the adventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends until retiring just before his death 50 years later.

Cartoonist Murat “Chic” Young created the long-running comic strip “Blondie,” and Chick Young was the name of William “Bud” Abbott’s character in the monster movie parody “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”  Abbott was born October 2nd, 1895, exactly five years after the birth of another comedian whose career lasted from vaudeville to TV, Julius “Groucho” Marx.

Sometimes funny, often scary, or just weird.  Those words could describe two classic TV anthology shows that both premiered on October 2nd:  “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” in 1955, and Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” in 1959.

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