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Fall dedication set for bronze statue of Arizona cartoonist Bil Keane

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A bronze statue of the late cartoonist Bil Keane will
be dedicated in November at Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park along
with a pavilion.

Keane’s syndicated “The Family Circus” comic strip appeared in nearly 1,500
newspapers across the country.

He started drawing the one-panel cartoon in February 1960. Keane lived in
Paradise Valley from 1959 until he died in 2011 at age 89.

Scottsdale officials said the 9-by-7-foot bronze statue planned for the park
will be called “Gitty-up Daddy” and be the centerpiece of a 36-foot-wide
covered pavilion.

A potential museum is in the discussion phase and would showcase artifacts from
Keane’s comic strip.

Donations from the public and the Keane family will pay the cost of the
project, estimated to about $100,000.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled Nov. 8.


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