Family Circus Creator Bil Keane Died

This is sad news.

For more than a half century, Bil Keane’s clever “Family Circus” comics entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values, intentionally simplistic because the author thought the American public needed the consistency.

Keane, who started drawing the one-panel cartoon featuring Billy, Jeffy, Dolly, P.J. and their parents in February 1960, died Tuesday at age 89. His comic strip is featured in nearly 1,500 newspapers across the country.

Jeff Keane, his son, said his father died of congestive heart failure. Bil Keane has a home in Paradise Valley, near Phoenix, but it was not immediately clear where he died.

I didn’t know Bil Keane was that old. Actually I didn’t know anything about him, though I liked the Family Circus. The article doesn’t say whether his son or anyone else will take over drawing the cartoon. I hope no one does. I think a comic strip should die with its creator.

Election 2011 Results

Let’s see. Republican Damon Welch defeated incumbent Tim Armstrong for Mayor of Madison. I didn’t expect that but I am glad. Actually, yesterday was a good day for the Republicans in Madison. In the City Council two Republican  incumbents won reelection easily while two Democrats were re-elected by a thin margin. In all the City Council now has four Republicans and three Democrats. The Democrat Bill Kalb defeated Republican Jeff Daghir. We can’t win them all. I found it slightly odd that we had 237 voting a straight Democratic ticket while 325 voted straight Republican. Although Indiana is a “red” state, Jefferson County along with much of the southernmost part of Indiana along the Ohio River is a “blue” enclave, probably because of influence from Kentucky. Although Kentucky has been getting redder and redder.

Speaking of Kentucky, I see that Democrat Steve Beshear was re-elected governor in a landslide over David Williams. I expected that since Williams was kind of an idiot.

I got the results for the local races from our local newspaper the Madison Courier. They haven’t put the results on their website yet.

Well,  now that that’s over, on to 2012!