Charlie Brown: Authenticity and Honesty

Correction May 15, 2008

In the broadcast version of this story, we state, "The Apollo 10 astronauts even named their command module 'Charlie Brown,' and the lunar rover 'Snoopy.' It may be telling that Charlie got to orbit the moon, but Snoopy landed there, while Charlie just circled in darkness." The modules were named "Charlie Brown" and "Snoopy," but neither landed on the moon. It's also incorrect to describe Snoopy as a "lunar rover." The correct term is "lunar module."

Charlie Brown was born in 1950, at a time of cautious optimism about America's global role after World War II, and about the average guy's day-to-day prospects back in the states.

Charlie is often a self-doubting brooder who can't seem to get the little red-haired girl or kick the football. But his secret weapon is his unapologetic authenticity and honesty.

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