Bill was an encircling four letter word.
Word reaches us today of the recent passing of Bil Keene (he dropped the second "l" to "be distinctive"), creator and long-time author of The Family Circle sunday cartoon. Although the strip has been written by his long time assistant and even longer time son, Jeff, for some time now, he created an illustrated family that was not only his... but all of ours. As a kid, I would laugh at the jokes, but as an adult they take on a whole new meaning to me, and I can appreciate the layers of humor and meaning in his writing.
It is telling that his legacy continues in the very characters he illustrated.