A decade before his passing in 2000, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz named tennis legend Billie Jean King as one of his top three personal heroes.
“She did so much for women's sports,” he said. “And she's such a bright lady and so involved in everything she's done.”
King, who created and sits on the board of the Women's Sports Foundation, will pay tribute to Schulz's enduring legacy in a moderated conversation Sunday at the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center in Santa Rosa — and if anything is worth a trip up U.S. 101 on the upcoming three-day weekend, it's this. King's appearance marks the opening of the exhibit Leveling the Playing Field, which features Schulz's leading ladies working at and discussing their favorite sports in honor of the 40th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, the legislation that ensures gender equality and access in federally funded sports programs.