Our family has known "Uncle" Bill for over 50 years. He and my father served in the Army together in Fort Bliss, TX and he was a dear friend to our family in El Paso. My earliest memory of him was in the early 1960's when I was a little girl. He sat down with me at the kitchen table taught me how to draw. He also drew the weather on the Channel 4 news. We had gotten back in touch in recent years and I am so grateful that we had. He and my Mom wrote back and forth a few times and I sent him pictures of us all. God Bless the family and please know that "Uncle" Bill meant so very much to our family.
Hello, I am Art Gregory, President and co-founder of the History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation, an Idaho non-profit organization dedicated to making sure Bill's contributions to radio and television, and those of his fellow broadcasters, will always be remembered.
We are very sad to hear of Bill's passing, and wish to send our best wishes to his family and many friends.
As a young child, I still remember watching "Mr. Bill's Theatre" on KBOI-TV Channel 2 in Boise, and one of our members, Marty Holtman, remembers Bill designing the art work and logo for his (Marty's) "Claude Gloom" character.
We publish a quarterly Newsletter called "As the Turntable Turns" and would like to feature a brief tribute to Bill in our next issue.
Marty is getting me one of the "Claude Gloom" badges as well as a "Dracula Deadbeats Club" Membership scroll to feature in the article. We'd also love to get any pictures of Bill relating to his radio and television career for our museum and archives.
You can contact us at hibf@Q.com or via our website at www.historyofidahobroadcasting.org
We'd love to hear from any of Bill's relatives or co-workers who might have pictures they could send, or stories or information about his broadcasting career. We want to feature Bill in both our "on-line" and actual museum, which we hope to build sometime in the future.
Thanks again, and please know Bill brought a lot a joy to us kids who watched "Mr. Bill's Theatre" on Channel 2!
Bill was somebody very special to us then, and he still is, as a fellow broadcaster who made a lasting impression on the thousands of viewers who had the honor of watching him on television.
So thanks "Mr. Bill" - you will be missed, but never forgotten.