Family Circus: Not Me and Ida Know!

As a kid, I owned several Family Circus books. In the mid 1970s cartoonist Bil Keane added a few imaginary characters to his comic strip, the imaginary gremlins “Not Me” and “Ida Know!” These gremlins took the blame for many accidents around the Keane household.

“Who broke this vase?” “Not Me!”

“Who tracked mud all over the floor?” “Ida Know!”

In later years, additional gremlins (“Nobody,” “O. Yeah!,” and “Just B. Cause”) were also added.

Family Circus has faced a lot of backlash over the years (specifically since the advent of the Internet), but I can tell you that as a child, there were a lot of incidents in our house that were attributed to “Not Me” and “Ida Know”.


Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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3 thoughts on “Family Circus: Not Me and Ida Know!

  1. I still have a number of family circus books.
    I loved family circus as a kid, but kind of agree with the flack it gets these days. It tends to be very repetitive and rarely funny. If you find really old strips (from around the 50s) though, those were quite good, more like dennis the menace than like modern family circus.

  2. This comic strip still runs in my local newspaper but I’d like to put it out of its misery. It’s OK to be nostalgic about something but this strip just doesn’t get the job done and that job is to make readers laugh. Sorry FC fans. I call it like I see it.

  3. Dawn Appelberg says:

    I could not disagree more with anyone. Family Circus is adorable and still carries a wonderful message. I have introduced my children to it now and hence there is now a third generation of our family to read it.

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