Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
Bil Keane, a Phoenix cartoonist, started drawing Family Circus in 1960.
The artist was born in Pennsylvania, served in the Army, met his wife (and inspiration for his "Mommy" character) in Australia, and landed in Paradise Valley just a year before he began documenting much of his family life and odd daily circumstances in Family Circus.
Keane died on Tuesday. He was 89 years old.
None of the riffs were of Keanes doing (he often shot back cease-and-desist letters
), but they were friendly reminders of the continuing influence his work had on popular culture.