In the Peanuts comic strip, Patricia Reichardt is the full name of which character?

And the answer is: Peppermint Patty.

Photo courtesy: PEANUTS © 2005

For nearly 50 years between 1950 and 2000, the Peanuts comic strip ran in newspapers around the world in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages. Created by Charles Schulz, Peanuts showcased the main character Charlie Brown, his young friends, and his pet dog Snoopy.

In 1950, Peanuts made its debut in in seven newspapers: Minneapolis Tribune (the hometown newspaper of Schulz), The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times and two newspapers in Pennsylvania. Its first strip were four panels depicting young Charlie passing by two children: Shermy and Patty.

The first Peanuts strip. Photo courtesy: public domain. 

As the artist, writer, producer and creator of Peanuts, Schulz had complete creative direction over the debut of his beloved cartoon (though, he did ultimately hire in help to turn the series into a comic book). As a result, the theme and tone of the newspaper strips is consistent and unified; Peanuts quickly found its way into the hearts of its audience as a fan favorite.

With Schulz's intentionally minimalistic backgrounds, deft subtle social commentary and lovable characters, the series became more than a strip of comics – it prompted its audiences to consider subtle, poking, and often topical insight on every day subjects. Schulz did not explicitly address racial and gender equality issues so much as assume them to be self-evident. Peppermint Patty's athletic skill and self-confidence are simply taken for granted, for example, as is Franklin's presence in a racially integrated school and neighborhood.

Check out the iconic Peanuts Christmas song from the Christmas special below, and the official Charles Schulz Museum website.

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