When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

This Day in Pop Culture for August 9

‘Shark Tank’ Debuts on ABC
Based on the similar Canadian show, Dragon’s Den which is based on the similar Japanese show, Tigers of Money, Mark Burnett (of Survivor and The Apprentice fame) created the American version, Shark Tank, which premiered on this day in 2009. The concept of the show features four “sharks” who are investors looking for the next big thing that they can sink their teeth into and make a hefty profit at the same time. Numerous entrepreneur contestants make a presentation to the sharks in hopes that one of them will bite. Both Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary came from the Canadian show. Getting ready for the show’s ninth season, Shark Tank has won the Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program three times. It is said that many of the deals made on the show are never enacted due to all of the red tape that must be done including product testing, examination of the entrepreneur’s finances, etc.

Jesse Owens Wins Fourth Medal
When James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens arrived in Berlin, Germany for the Summer Olympic Games, he was welcomed by a huge group of fans. Many of the women came prepared with scissors in hopes of snipping off a chunk of his clothing which forced him back on the train. It was on this day in 1936 Owens won his fourth gold medal. Owen’s won medals for 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4 x 100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games and the African American proved Adolf Hitler wrong who not only had hopes that his German athletes would dominate the Games, but also “prove” that those of African descent were inferior to whites.

Betty Boop is Born
Create and animated by Max Fleischer, Betty Boop arrived on the animated scene on this day in 1930. Originally designed as a humanized French poodle, Boop was quickly changed into a jazz age flapper girl whose heart was bigger than her brains. At first she was voiced by a number of different actresses, but Mae Questel began voiceing Boop in 1931 and continued doing so until 1998, including her 1988 cameo role filmed for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Although Boop’s character was kept pure, she was definitely used as a sex symbol until the Hayes code of 1935, which required her to wear a few more clothes and to lose some of the “oop” in her doop.”

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