Growing up, I remember each day that I saw the newspaper sitting out that I would open the comic page and read Family Circus first. I'm not sure at what age I understood it, but there was something about the drawing and the style and the characters that made them more real than some of the superheroes. No mater what, everyday that family was there and I felt like there was much more of a connection to that strip than to others, at least when I was young. Later of course I graduated to Calvin & Hobbes and other strips that might have been more edgy, but there was always something about Family Circus that drew you back and it never grew old. Although Bil's son has been drawing the strip for awhile now, it still is sad to know the creator and the inspiration, Bil Keane died this week at the age of 89.