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Many of you have already found out, via Facebook I assume, but for those who aren’t aware, my father Bill Bickel aka CIDU Bill passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday the 16th. The obituary and funeral page can be found here:

We have been so impressed and touched to see how many CIDU readers have already found out and posted beautiful notes on the funeral page. It’s obvious that he had an impact on people through this site. It seems like such a lovely and supportive community. I can say that for me personally, both the March of Dimes and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association fundraising drives have great personal meaning and I have been blown away every year to see how much the CIDU readers raise for these causes.

We are still sorting through my dad’s sizable digital trail. I’m not sure if there can be a future for CIDU but for those of you who are really involved in this community, please reach out to me via Facebook if you have any thoughts at all on what you think could or should come next.

-Aaron Bickel


  1. I am speechless. This hurts. I never met CIDU Bill or even spoken to him but we have “known” each other via CIDU for more than 20 years (from back in the mail-in days).

    Aaron, please accept my condolences on behalf of your whole family.

    המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    May the Omnipresent console you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss.

    I don’t comment here very often, but I’ve been reading CIDU for well over a decade. This website taught me all sorts of esoteric bits of information, exposed me to comics I never would have otherwise read, made me say “oy,” made me say “ewww,” made me feel like a geezer, and most of all, made me laugh out loud.

    As a child, the first thing I did every morning was to read the funny pages from the (print!) newspaper while eating cereal, and I would frequently ask my mother what a particular comic meant. (Oftentimes her answer was along the lines of “You understand those comics better than I do, so if you don’t get it, I’m sure I won’t.” I didn’t realize until later that she might have used this explanation to avoid discussing comics that would belong on the Arlo page.) CIDU brought back those happy memories. Thanks to Bill’s sense of humor, good nature, appreciation of conversational tangents, and skill at moderating comments, CIDU felt like a friendly conversation at the breakfast table. I’m grateful for Bill’s generosity of spirit in creating and maintaining this delightful website, and I will miss him, as so many others will.

  3. Dear Aaron,

    Your father was a great man who provided a lot of fun and intelligent discussion through this website. I checked it every day, even several times a day, to see what he had been posting.

    You mentioned your gratitude for the contributions that people who come here made to the charities you and your father support. However, I think that the money raised was a small amount in comparison to the amount of time and passion your dad put into this website, and the amount of pleasure he brought to people daily. The simple fact that he asked for nothing in return for his endeavours except to encourage us to donate to a worthy cause from time to time speaks volumes to his character.

    I will miss him and his work greatly. I’m very sorry for your loss.

    Paul Wesson

  4. The world is a little darker now. Bill brought so much joy to total strangers; something that is rare & wonderful in this world. So much crap has happened this year, and this is the one that has me crying on the couch. Aaron, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Aaron,
    My condolences to you and your family. Bill created a community here that was less a website and more a group of friends discussing mutual interests and random off-topic threads over dinner. I have been reading this site for many years (I really don’t remember when I first started) and like most everyone else here, it was a regular part of my day. We will all miss him terribly.

  6. In case it was missed, donations in Bill’s memory can be made to March of Dimes or ACLU. (Unfortunately, there is no notification to the family of donation(s) made.)

  7. Your father created a great site and a great community, even if I only participated a few times. I am so sorry about all of this, a little bit for us, but mostly for you and your family.

  8. Aaron,
    Such sad and heartbreaking news. My condolences to you and your family. Your father created a wonderful thing in this website, and from what I can tell that wasn’t the end of his contributions to the world. I’ve visited this site almost daily for over 15 years and have enjoyed it always.

    Thank you, Bill, for all the smiles and laughter.

  9. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. This is one of my favorite sites. In fact, CIDU and Son of Stuck Funky have been the two sites I always have to check in on before going to sleep, especially since the pandemic shutdowns – for some reason, they just feel comforting! Your father will really be missed.

  10. May you and your family find comfort in knowing that Bill made life better and brighter for all who stumbled across him online and became devoted followers.

  11. So, so sorry to hear. Your dad was a wonderful person and has given all of us here a wonderful forum. He was a true mensch. My condolences to you and the rest of your family.

  12. Oh, no!! I’m so sorry. Bill will be so deeply missed — I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but his warmth and humor shone through so clearly online that I feel as though I’ve lost a friend. It takes a special person to create a the kind of lively, friendly, smart community he built here. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of it. Holding you and your family in my heart today — I’m so sorry for your loss.

  13. I’m so sorry, Aaron. I have experienced sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one, and it’s so hard. Praying that the Almighty brings you and your family comfort in this horrible time of grief. Your father created and maintained an amazing online community where civility and decency ruled. Like so many others, CIDU has been a part of my life for more than 20 years. He will certainly be missed.

  14. On 9/9, CIDU Bill commented on Racked With Laughter.

    “My leg’s been bothering me for the past week or so (freak injury), . . . ”

    which makes me wonder . . . blood clot?

  15. Like many, I’m a long time lurker, seldom poster. I will always read the funnies through the filter or CIDU. Aaron, condolences to you and your family.

  16. It has been a long while since I have been a regular here and this was the first time I have managed to reload the page since Sept 16th. My most sincere condolences on your loss. He will be missed by countless people that have never got the chance to meet him in person.

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