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Penman the Optimist Turns 30 This Year

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Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams. Penman the Optimist Turns 30 this year. We're positively optimistic about the year ahead. 

What began as a cherished character drawing in the fifth grade of a one room school house near Aspen, Colorado in 1977 has become a positive and timely motivational inspiration to all those who refuse to give up on their dreams. Finding your purpose in life is an optimistic pursuit indeed.



Before Grin Big! ™ there were PENMEN® Posters, PENMEN® T-Shirts, the PENMEN® Comic Strip, and the PENMEN® Book. The ever present message of optimism and positivity was expressed through Penman's exploits and creator Gary Blehm's speeches to schools encouraging kids to "Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams". The fact that Blehm had first began working on his optimistic character in [...]

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Be Positive and Follow Your Dreams

"Be positive and follow your dreams." This is a line repeated by The Optimist, Gary Blehm for 28 years with his broad grinned character, Penman. The power of optimism will take you anywhere you want to go if you work hard and do what you love to do.

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