Did you ever read the "funny papers" when you were a kid...or even today? 'Ziggy', 'Marmaduke', 'Garfield' and 'Peanuts' are just a few of the strips I remember reading. One of my favorites has always been 'Family Circus'. This family-centered series about Mom, Dad, Dolly, Billy, Jeffy and little PJ was relatable to anyone with a family of their own. Paradise Valley 85253 is planning to celebrate 'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane's life with a special ice cream social memorial on Saturday, January 19th at 2pm.
Although he was born in Philadelphia in 1922, a fateful move out to the west in 1959 brought Bil Keane and his young family out to Paradise Valley, where he resided until his death in November 2011. Some of the many awards given to Mr. Keane over the years include the Best Syndicated Panel Award from the National Cartoonists' Society (four times), Cartoonist of the Year, the NCS' Rueben Award, the Elzie Segar Award, the Silver T-Square Award and the Arizona Heritage Award, joining such notable recipients as Sandra Day O'Connor and Keane's own good friend and fellow humorist Erma Bombeck. His son, Jeff, continues the comic strip his father lovingly crafted for so many years with his own brand of humor and family insights.
The Paradise Valley Town Hall will play host to the ice cream social memorial planned in Bil Keane's honor. Several close friends and family members will share their stories of one of Paradise Valley's favorite sons. Part of the celebration will also include a video montage of private family moments throughout the years as well as the unveiling of a bronze prototype statue. Join in on the fun by celebrating Paradise Valley's own 'Family' man, Bil Keane, on Saturday, January 19th at Town Hall. It will be full of the family-friendly fun Bil Keane was known for celebrating in his comic strip.
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Originally posted on my Northeast Scottsdale real estate blog here: http://www.northeastscottsdale.com/celebrate-paradise-valley-85253-family-man-bil-keane/.