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  • Yes, Woodstock was named after the 1969 music festival.
    • Schulz said he named Peppermint Patty after the York Peppermint Pattie candy. In 1966 Peppermint Patties were only sold in the Northeast, Midwest and Floridanote , so it might seem unlikely that the California-based Schulz would've been aware of them, but he certainly could've visited any of the places where they were available. He did in fact travel to Indiana in 1963 to receive an honorary degree from Anderson College. And, of course, he was originally from Minnesota.
  • One strip featured a shout-out to MAD magazine and Alfred E. Neuman.
    • In turn, MAD had done a bit about the Peanuts gang as teens and adults. Schulz wrote in and said, "Why don't I retire and let you guys take over?" It was signed with a sketch of Snoopy saying, "What, me worry?"
  • Beethoven, of course. Occasionally Schroeder would reference other classical composers as well.
  • A 1961 strip has Linus telling Lucy that he filled out a personal information card for school. When asked for the name of his family physician, he didn't know, so he put down Dr. Seuss.
  • In another 1961 strip, Lucy shows Linus a picture of a little girl "playing on the south lawn of the White House," whom it could be assumed is Caroline, daughter of then-President John F. Kennedy. Lucy is quick to point out that she isn't holding a blanket. An apparently clueless Linus decides this must be because "her parents can't afford to buy her one" and decides to write to her offering to send her a blanket if she'd like, asking Lucy, "Do you know what her last name is?"
    • In an earlier strip that same year (drawn at about the time of JFK's inauguration), Linus dreams of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, which is the home of the Kennedy family compound.
  • A 1963 strip has Sally getting up from watching TV, going to Charlie Brown, and asking, "Do you think there really is a person named Walt Disney?"
    • Snoopy's brother Spike is apparently a friend of Mickey Mouse.
    • Also, Linus got quite upset while watching television in one 1965 strip because "Annette Funicello has grown up!"
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  • The introduction of Snoopy's sister Belle included meeting her teen-aged son, whose tall & skinny body topped with the same beagle head made Snoopy comment that he resembled the Pink Panther.
  • Snoopy would typically commemorate Veterans Day by donning his World War I Flying Ace outfit and "heading over to Bill Mauldin's house to quaff a few root beers".
  • The 1984 special It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown contains a sequence during the otherwise original song, "I'm in Shape", where Peppermint Patty sings a bridge that clearly is a spoof of Toni Basil's hit "Mickey". The segment itself may also have been inspired by Olivia Newton-John's "Physical."
    • That whole special is a shout-out to various elements of '80s pop culture. The "Flashbeagle" theme song itself obviously spoofs "Maniac" by Michael Sembello.
  • Speaking of '80s pop, in a 1984 strip, Charlie Brown, infuriated with Lucy for missing yet another fly ball, asked her why she bothered to play baseball at all. Lucy's response: "Girls just want to have fun."
  • 1950s songbird Joni James is mentioned in one strip as one of Snoopy's favorite singers (he tells the Cat Next Door not to bother asking to borrow any of his Joni James albums ever again), and in a Sunday strip in 1989 in which Linus is unable to use the telephone for a phone-in contest in which the prize is four tickets to a Joni James concert - because Lucy is hogging the phone. James returned the favor by including Snoopy on the cover of her compilation CD Jukebox Joni.note 
    • Frieda's cat Faron was named after Country Music singer Faron Young.
  • Other musicians mentioned in the strip included:
    • In a 1975 Sunday strip, Lucy asks Schroeder what makes him think Beethoven was better than Elton John. In response, Schroeder gives her a mock trophy for asking "the most stupid question of the year."
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    • Also in 1975, Charlie Brown fantasized about being a "ringer" (as in, "That guy is too good, who let in the ringer?") and decided there was much chance of that happening as there was of marrying '70s superstar Olivia Newton-John.
    • Linus took a spill on his roller skates while listening to his Walkman, and explains to Charlie Brown that he lost control when Sandi Patti (a superstar of Contemporary Christian music) hit a high note.
    • Lucy had a crush on pianist Van Cliburn in the late '50s.
    • Also, in a 1972 strip, Snoopy mentions that Woodstock enjoys listening to his stereo, but then grouses that he only listens to one song over and over: "American Pie."
  • A fairly obscure one is Charlie Brown's favorite breakfast cereal, "Snicker Snacks".
  • Quite a few to Billie Jean King. In one strip, Sally draws a picture of George Washington and Betsy Ross playing a mixed doubles match against Harry Truman and Billie Jean King for Independence Day. Charlie Brown comments that Harry and Billie would have won in straight sets.note 
  • One Sunday comic in the mid-1990s shows Snoopy about to participate in a hockey game with Woodstock and several other birds. Snoopy was surprised to find out that before every game, they do the Macarena.
  • Here's one from a 1980 strip involving Peppermint Patty's feet wrapped in comic book pages. The character isn't much of a surprise, receiving shout-outs all the time from one place or another...
    Marcie: Did you ever read this one, sir? It's where Spiderperson is on this bridge, and...
  • In a 1999 strip, Sally writes a fan letter to Harry Potter. She is visibly disappointed when Charlie Brown tells her that Harry Potter is not a real person.
  • The Great Gatsby got lots of Shout Outs in the last decade or so of the strip. Schulz apparently became very interested in the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald in his later years, spurred on by the fact that he and Fitzgerald shared St. Paul, Minnesota as a hometown.
  • Citizen Kane also gets referenced a lot, most famously in the December 9, 1973 strip which (literally) employs the It Was His Sled trope.
  • Snoopy has paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Andrew Wyeth inside his doghouse.
  • Rod McKuen, who wrote and sang the songs for A Boy Named Charlie Brown, is referenced at least once in the strip.
  • In 1995 World Famous Attorney Snoopy represents Peter Rabbit in his lawsuit against Mr. McGregor.
  • In a 1954 strip, Violet angrily berates Charlie Brown and calls him a "complete flop". After she walks away, Chuck points at the television and says "'Miss Francis' likes me!" Miss Francis was the host of Ding Dong School, a popular 50s children's program.
  • The Peanuts tv series has a bit in which Snoopy, with Woodstock as the pilot, lifts off in his helicopter mode with Ride of the Valkyries (on xylophone) as music accompaniment.
  • In a 1963 strip, some birds land on Snoopy's doghouse and he scares them away, explaining "I don't trust birds any more since I saw that movie!"note 
  • Schultz encountered the Australian cheer, "Sydney or the Bush!" and had Sally and others cheering Charlie Brown on with the phrase, to Chuck's bafflement.


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