Hello Grandma Author:Bil Keane "Bil Keane was born William Aloysius Keane in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He taught himself to draw while attending Northeast Catholic High School by mimicking the style of the cartoons published in The New Yorker. His first cartoon — was published on May 21, 1936 on the amateur page of the Philadelphia Daily News. — Keane served in the U.S. Army... more » from 1942 to 1945, drawing for Yank magazine and creating the "At Ease with the Japanese" feature for the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes. While stationed in Australia he met Thelma "Thel" Carne. Bil and Thel were married in Brisbane in 1948 and settled in Roslyn, Pennsylvania. Thel, the inspiration for the "Mommy" character in his long-running strip, died on May 23, 2008 from complications due to Alzheimer's Disease. They have five children, Gayle, Neal, Glen, Christopher and Jeff.
He worked for the Philadelphia Bulletin as a staff artist from 1946 to 1959, where he launched his first regular comic strip Silly Philly. His first syndicated strip, Channel Chuckles, premiered in 1954 and ran until 1977.
In 1959, the Keane family moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona. His daily newspaper panel The Family Circus premiered on February 29, 1960." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil_Keane« less