President Bill Morrison gave opening remarks, and Gary Owens acted as MC. Greg Evans (Luann), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Mell Lazarus (Momma & Miss Peach), Jeff Keane (Family Circus), and Glen Keane (Disney animation) were guest speakers. It was more of a roast with Cathy telling why all cartoonists should hate Bil Keane, and Jeff showing a sample of the Family Circus strip with hilarious new captions (Dolly to Billy: "We got you used from the Peanuts newspaper strip, and if you don't behave yourself we'll send you back."). Bil accepted the award and gave a speech of his own, saying, "It's more than an honor to be here. It's a damn inconvenience." He also told us what he's been doing lately: "I'm doing a lot of work for DAM--Mothers Against Dyslexia."
The food was delicious and plentiful. The tiramisu was especially good.
There were door prizes, but anyone who did not win received a Family Circus book.
Bil signing a book for daughter Hannah (note The Sergio on the table)
Bil and Sharon
The First Lady of Voice, the wonderful June Foray
Last year's dinner was at the Porter Ranch Country Club, a wonderful venue. I was, at first, disappointed at the change, but if it remained there the banquet would certainly have been cancelled. It is near one of the fire zones threatening LA. One of my guests had to be evacuated from the Yorba Linda area. His home is safe, but a neighbor three doors down lost his house. I'm safe, but the air quality in the entire basin is terrible. Yesterday's Pasadena Marathon was cancelled. Son Matthew had signed up for the bike ride--as part of his biking merit badge.