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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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