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Charlie Brown's Lovelorn Valentine 

'Heartbreak in Peanuts' reminds us who's the saddest of them all

click to enlarge DETAIL © 1969 PEANUTS WORLDWIDE LLC
  • Detail © 1969 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

In the history of sad sacks, is there anyone as gloomy as good old Charlie Brown?

Cursed with equal parts determination and sour luck, the balding, blockheaded leader of the beloved Peanuts comic strip never gets a break. If it's not the kite in the tree, it's the rotten advice from his "psychiatrist." Yet, these hapless insults pale in comparison to his unrequited love for a certain little red-haired girl.

And Chuck's not the only one who finds himself futilely trying to find love. Lucy pines for the clueless piano-playing Schroeder, and Charlie's sister, Sally, longs for her "sweet Babboo" Linus. Even Snoopy finds himself stood up at the alter at one point. Certainly, if there's one cast of characters best suited to represent the pure agony of Valentine's Day, the Peanuts gang is it.

"Heartbreak in Peanuts," the new exhibit at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa beginning Feb. 5, brings together 70 classic comic strips all about the woe and wretchedness of first loves and early crushes. Commiserate with Charlie, Snoopy and friends as they languish in the forlorn funnies that focus on the quest for romance. On Valentine's Day, the museum continues the tradition of letting in all little red-haired girls (and boys) for free. "Heartbreak in Peanuts" opens Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Charles M Schulz Museum. Open 11am–5pm, weekdays; 10am–5pm, weekends. Closed Tuesdays. $5–$10. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707.579.4452&mdash

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