Charles Monroe Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, was born in Minneapolis. After serving in World War 11, Schulz became a free-lance cartoonist with the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Saturday Evening Post. In 1950 he created a strip entitled Li'l Folks, which later was syndicated as Peanuts. This became one of the most successful American comic strips of the mid-20th century. Schulz, a born-again Christian, was able to inject subtle truths into his comic strips, truths that many would otherwise ignore.