I didn’t know Bil Keane or his family but I certainly felt like I did! I grew up reading “Family Circus”. I was about 7 or 8 when my dad brought home one of their books. I still have it–even after 47 years! It’s falling apart and I’ve since bought another copy but I still kept that one.
Ever since I received that first book I’ve been collecting them and have almost the entire collection. To me, “Family Circus” celebrates marriage and family life back in the day when it was a more innocent time. When family values were important.
I know his cartoons were cheesy sometimes but they were very sweet, too. I guess I am really nostalgic about them. They remind me of growing up in the 1960’s when it was so much different than today. His cartoons were about things that I could relate to and about families that I knew. Did this ever happen in your home?
I don’t know if his son will continue his legacy but I’m glad I have a lot of his books because I will never be too old to read them. It will be a sad day, indeed, when there’s no “Family Circus” on the funny pages.