Men returned to marry high school sweethearts who had patiently, but
anxiously, awaited their return.
Snoopy Hits Utah Beach
Hank was very appreciative of the sentiments conveyed in this
simple, single panel cartoon, so much so that he wrote to Charles
Schultz, the famous cartoonist.
Hanks handwritten draft
letter can be seen t the right as well s Schultz's reply which has a
snoopy outline as a watermark.
Note that the year is
different on each of the letters, probably the Schultz date of 1997
is the correct one..
reads "DELIGHTED TO HAVE RECEIVED NEWS OF
YOUR WEDDING ALL SEND LOVE AND EVERY GOOD WISH FOR YOUR FUTURE
LORD AND LADY TRENT AND BILLA"
"John Campbell Boot, 2nd Baron Trent ... was the son
of Jesse Boot who turned the Boots Company, founded by his father
John Boot, into a major national corporation.
John Campbell Boot continued his father's expansion of the company.
Like his father he was also a philanthropist who was keenly involved
with the City of Nottingham. In 1944 he was appointed President of
University College Nottingham, and after it was granted full
university status in 1948 as the University of Nottingham became its
Following John Boot's retirement as Chancellor, the Boots Company
endowed the Lord Trent Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Lady
Trent Chair of Chemical Engineering in his honour."
Jim Lefebvre advised us: "
Lord & Lady Trent connection with Dad was that during his time
in England, Dad and a few young officers were tasked to play
tennis with the Trent's. That's how Dad met them, and after many
exciting tennis games and during reunion's they became close
Dear Mr. Schultz
Once again you have done yourself
proud. Your strip on 31 May 98 reminding everyone of D-Day,
June 6, 1944 was a wonderful tribute to those of us who were there.
And once again you will be the only writer who will remember.
I wrote you last year to to congratulate you and to ask if you did
another strip to remember the airborne contingent (some 40,000 of us
who came in by parachute and glider). I as delighted to see
that wonderful photo of Gen. Eisenhower talking to members of the
101st Airborne Division at their marshalling area just prior to
taking off for Normandy.
Once again, heartfelt thanks and God Bless -
Dear Mr. LeFebvre
Thank you very much for your kind and
thoughtful letter regarding the d-Day strip.
When a person sits in a room by himself day after day, trying to
draw something funny, and sometimes meaningful, he has no idea what
effect it might be having on readers; thus t was gratifying to hear
how much the D-Day cartoon strip meant to you. It
astounded me how little was mentioned about such an historical
Again, thank you for writing. I appreciate your sharing these
thoughts with me.
/s/ Charles M. Schultz