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Good grief California! Buy a Snoopy license plate to benefit museums

The Snoopy plate
The Snoopy plate California DMV

The threshold has been met for California to make a license plate with the Peanuts character Snoopy doing his dance.

More than 7,500 state residents have submitted prepaid applications for the license plate featuring Snoopy, the super-cool beagle from the Peanuts comic strip. That allows the California Department of Motor Vehicles to make the license plates available for $50.

A portion of the cost of the initial plate and proceeds from renewals will help support the state’s museums, zoos, aquariums and science centers.

The Snoopy plate also honors Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. His widow, Jean Schulz, said her late husband got ideas and inspiration for his work from visits to museums.

The Schulz family and Peanuts Worldwide is giving royalty-free rights for the use of Snoopy doing his dance for the plate.

Snoopy, often pictured on his doghouse, had several personas in the strip, including the hip Joe Cool and the intrepid World War I flying ace who battled the Red Baron.

Californians can still preorder a Snoopy plate through Friday.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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