I grew up reading Family Circus in the Peach section of the Toledo Blade. I can still name all four kids: Billy, Dolly, Jeffy, and PJ. As far as I was concerned, PJ was by far the most adorable baby I had ever seen, until I had my own. :) Their mom was always so sweet and patient, never losing her temper like I sometimes do. Sadly, I just read on CNN that the inspiration for Mommy, Thelma Keane, died today.
"Family Circus," which Keane began drawing in 1960, depicts the good-humored life of two parents and their four children. It is now featured in about 1,500 newspapers.
"She was the inspiration for all of my success," Bil Keane, 85, told The Associated Press from his home in Paradise Valley on Sunday. "When the cartoon first appeared, she looked so much like Mommy that if she was in the supermarket pushing her cart around, people would come up to her and say, 'Aren't you the Mommy in 'Family Circus?' and she would admit it."
"There was nothing that I did in the cartoon world or in the business world that she wasn't the instigator of, and she certainly deserves all the credit that I get credit for," Bil Keane said.
That's a shame.
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