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Little Snoopy a big hit in both Koreas Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 3:00 a.m.

Don Taylor could simply have FedEx'ed a bronzed Snoopy figure to Santa Rosa's Korean sister city, Jeju. He's glad he didn't. Instead, Taylor, owner of the Omelette Express restaurants and a loyal advocate of the Santa Rosa/Jeju sisterhood, flew to Korea and took the crated, 30-inch-tall Snoopy on the plane with him. He hand-delivered it to officials of the island city of Jeju, which plans to place the statue of Charles Schulz's best-loved character in a park alongside rosesbushes and a walking path dubbed Santa Rosa Way. Santa Rosa years ago placed a fountain sculpture from Jeju at an alley on Fourth Street it named Jeju Way. Taylor didn't anticipate much hoopla over his presentation in Korea. But every time he opened the crate, Snoopy worked his magic. Government officials up to the regional governor came to see the figure, sign the crate and get their picture taken with what's to become the first permanent Peanuts statue in Korea. “It's a national story in Korea,” Taylor said. Most surprising to him was that even the North Korea Times in Communist North Korea picked up the story. Cartoonist Schulz' son, Craig, helped Taylor obtain the statue and vicariously enjoyed the interest it generated on both sides of the militarized 38th Parallel. “He's quite the ambassador, that little dog,” Schulz said. CHOP'S TEEN CLUB becomes an art gallery Friday for a 5 to 7 p.m. gala to show off the glass, silk and metal pieces young people created this summer with the guidance of professional artists. About 75 pieces will be displayed at the club, then some will move to the windows of Railroad Square merchants. SMOKE & RED TRUCKS had Sonoma Valley's castle-like Ledson Winery resembling a disaster scene, but only good was going on. A crowd of about 400, many from the fire services, turned out for a barbecue Steve Ledson hosted to raise health care and therapy money for Kenwood's Kevin Cooper, a firefighter who suffered critical head injuries in a fall while working in his yard in May. Ledson's guests sent Cooper bushels of well-wishes and about 55 thousand bucks. DROPPED N: In Graton, locals and passersby on Highway 116 were wondering why the beautiful red sign on the almost-finished fire station was missing an N. Grato Fire. Sounds like an Italian grill. Chief Terry Davis said the workers who placed the letters high up on the station dropped the N, and it took a while to repair it. It's up now and looks greato.

CASH TO COLBERT: What's got Mike DeWald giddy is that the KSRO producer/engineer made a contribution to Stephen Colbert's Political Action Committee, and Tuesday night the Colbert show carried a screen crawler of donor's names. Colbert pointed to the names and his finger rested right on — Mike DeWald. Mike's feeling his $25, sent in with the expectation it would “go towards something funny,” was well spent. Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and Copyright © 2011 — All rights reserved. Restricted use only.

Little Snoopy a Big Hit in Both Koreas  
Little Snoopy a Big Hit in Both Koreas  

Don Taylor is so glad he didn’t take the easy route and simply FedEx a bronzed Snoopy figure to Santa Rosa’s Korean sister city,