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 October 29

The Nightmare Before Christmas
‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
Is it a Halloween story with mentions of Christmas or is it a Christmas story with mention of Halloween? That is the question regarding Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas which was released in theaters on this day in 1993. The stop-motion Disney film told the story about Jack Skellington who lived in “Halloween Town” stumbled into “Christmas Town” and decided that he wanted to bring Christmas joy to his friends and a little Halloween magic to the other. Directed by Henry Selick, the musical adventure included music by Danny Elfman (who also provided the singing voice of Jack) and voice talents of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens and Glenn Shadix. Deemed too scary for children, the movie was released under the Touchstone Pictures banner. The film was both a financial success and a hit with critics. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. In 2001, Disney began to consider creating a sequel to the story but using computer animation the second time around, but Burton wasn’t too keen on the idea and the project was dropped. However in 2004, a video game titled, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogies Revenge, the story was continued. In 2009, Selick stated that he would be interested in doing a sequel if he and Burton could find a script that they liked. So far, nothing has risen the surface.

John Glenn
Astronaut John Glenn Returns to Space
At the age of 77, John Glenn was the oldest human to ever travel in space. This of course was his second trip – almost 40 years after his first adventure. The 9-day trip began on this day in 1998 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Before his time as an astronaut, Glenn flew about 150 combat missions during both World War II and the Korean War.

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