Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Billy Mays, another tragic passing

Rest in Peace Billy Mays

As you may or may not have heard, famed tv pitchman Billy Mays was found dead in his home sunday morning.  In all of the chaos with all of the celebrity deaths in the past 2 weeks - Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, Billy Mays comes as the greatest shock to me.  Certainly all of you are familiar with his face and many of his products - you probably have several in your home and may not even realize it!  I too had "seen him around" but knew little about him until hubby started watching hie show on the Discovery channel with Anthony Sullivan called "Pitchmen".  
It wasn't until I started watching it with him that I gained a whole new respect for the man and what he did in his chosen profession - as well as the products he "pitched".  He and Anthony "Sulli" Sullivan made a great team and the show was really entertaining!  It followed them all over the place as they met with inventors, evaluated products, worked with backers/investors and produced their tv pitch spots.  The whole process was fascinating and I was surprised at how much work goes on before they even consider producing something for tv.  They also are both super guys who really have huge hearts and did a lot to help others.  Billy Mays and his powerful personality will be missed!  If you get a chance, check out this clip from them on Conan.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0cB_6JGyRg
You will be missed.

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