1a. What position does Schroeder usually play on the baseball team?
1b. What other position has he played?
[Pitcher (in an early 50's strip)]
2a. Schroeder once promised to kiss Lucy if she...what?
[Hit a home run]
2b. Has Schroeder ever actually kissed Lucy? If so, when?
[Yes, when she remembered Beethoven's birthday. This is not as obscure as it used to be because the event is captured on the cover of one of the new Hallmark gift books.]
3. Describe three times that Schroeder's piano has been lost or
[Lucy threw it down a sewer; Lucy threw it into a kite-eating tree; it was crushed by a cannonball that Snoopy and his bird friend fired]
4. Schroeder once tried to take up a collection for a Beethoven memorial.
What was the response of (a) Lucy, (b) Violet, (c) Beethoven?
[(a) She pretended to give ten thousand dollars and then laughed. (b) When Schroeder told her that the memorial was for ``the greatest composer who ever lived,'' she told him that they'd already built a memorial to Stephen Foster. (c) He (or his bust) allegedly smiled at Schroeder.]
5. Schroeder once quit baseball to concentrate on the piano. What
repercussions did this have?
[Everyone else quit too]
6a. What was Schroeder's reaction the first time he encountered a real
6b. What is Schroeder's explanation of how he can play such great pieces on a toy piano whose keys are just painted on?
[``I practice a lot!'']
7. What was the context of the following quotations?
(a) You could have accomplished the same thing with an autographed
[Explaining Charlie Brown's feelings of well-being after Sally was born]
(b) 10, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000,
000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000,
000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000.
[Explaining what he meant by saying the chances he would marry Lucy were a `googol' to one]
(c) It's all right...I can still play.
[His finger was hurt playing baseball and Charlie Brown asked if he could still play. To check, he ran home and played the piano.]
(d) Nice catch, ``dear-heart''!
[Lucy snapping his catcher's mask onto his face after he complained about her calling him ``dear-heart'']