I’m not a big fan of Greg Evans’ comic strip Luann (alright, I admit it, I hate the blessed thing), but I found this story from the North County Times fascinating. You see, the strip’s current storyline involves Luann’s nebbishy sidekick Bernice discovering she has a long-lost brother. This is apparently based on real life, as Evans and his wife were forced to give a child up for adoption when they were college students and have only recently reunited with their long-lost daughter.
The Evanses put their daughter up for adoption when they were students at Cal State Northridge (then Valley State College), where they were studying to be teachers.
“It was just not the right time for us to try to raise children and get married and so forth,” Evans said.
“It was always in the back of our head,” he said about his daughter. “I’d wonder how she’s doing every time her birthday would roll by. That kind of thing. Hoped she’s having a happy life, and wondering if one day we’d get a knock at the door.”