387325 10: Visitors meet characters from the cartoon "Peanuts" during a pre-opening preview of Universal Studios March 29, 2001 in Osaka, Japan. Although the park is designed to include the most popular attractions from the two U.S. Universal Studios parks in Hollywood and Orlando, some are specifically designed for the Japanese market. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Liaison)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New exhibits at museums in Ohio and California are celebrating the upcoming centenary of the birth of Charles “Sparky” Schulz, the man who created the comic strip Peanuts. Lucy Shelton Caswell is founding curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She calls Schulz a genius who liked to make people laugh. Benjamin Clark is curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. He says Schulz stripped cartoons to their basic elements without losing any of their expressiveness. At its height Peanuts ran in more than 2,600 newspapers worldwide.