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Schulz's Last Newspaper Interview?

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Schulz's Last Newspaper Interview?

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The accessible Charles Schulz gave countless newspaper interviews over the years. Probably the last one was conducted Feb. 9 by the Ventura County (Calif.) Star.

Star writer David Montero got Schulz's home phone number from his girlfriend's cousin's husband, who had worked with the "Peanuts" creator. After calling Schulz's office to make sure the cartoonist wasn't feeling too sick to talk, Montero dialed Schulz's number.

"I was nervous," says Montero, 31. "I grew up reading the strip. I even had a 'Peanuts' lunchbox. I had this image of him built up from my childhood. What if he turned out to be a jerk? But he was as gracious as I possibly could have imagined."

The 45-minute interview started with Schulz asking where Montero was. He answered, "Ventura," but Schulz was actually seeking more specific information. So Montero said he was sitting at his computer ready to type some notes. "He said he likes to get a visual idea of what a person on the other end of the line is doing," recalls Montero. …

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