OMG! Billy Mays has died suddenly! We knew Billy from our many years of doing public shows with him as an exhibitor. Bill was a really quiet, nice and organized exhibitor. He was the kind of pitchman that came to life when the light came on. Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife and family. RIP BILL
My friends Bobb and Karin Schmitz of Easy Way Products had this to say about Billy's death:
Bobb and Karin:
Yesterday Billy got home to Tampa from shooting a commercial in Philadelphia. There was a blow out on one of the plane's tires during the landing. Something fell down and hit Billy on the head. It was a very rough landing. Billy was interviewed by a Tampa TV station and he told them he was hit on the head but that he had a hard head.
This may be something similar to what happened to Natasha Richardson.
TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa police say Billy Mays, the television pitchman known for his boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean, has died. He was 50.
Authorities say Mays was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being found by his wife at home. There were no signs of a break-in, and investigators do not suspect foul play. The coroner's office expects to have an autopsy done by Monday afternoon.
Mays' wife, Deborah Mays, says the family doesn't expect to make any public statements and asked for privacy.
Mays was also featured on the reality TV show "Pitchmen" on the Discovery Channel, which followed Mays and Anthony Sullivan in their marketing jobs.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
How do you become an entrepreneur?
What’s the key to my success?
Here are a few points I’d like to cover.
Do you remember when you were young once?
We all had our dreams of what we wanted to
I kept that dream in front of me. (The only time in
When I turned 18 I quit Mc Donald’s and moved
I kept my vision and dreams in front of me with
This was one of many goals I set for myself that I
……to be continued.
The week before we met, my sister Peggy, was shopping an
indoor flea market and while checking out she
encounters Bobb talking to the vendor about buying
advertising in a newspaper called “Fair Times”.
She overheard Bobb say that he was going to be at the
Rolla, MO Extravaganza that weekend. Bobb was also
a vendor with a pitch booth selling “Easy Clean” rug and
Peggy could not resist interjecting that her whole family
would also be there enjoying a family reunion together
because our cousin, Alice was co-promoter of the
During the reunion, Alice gave us a bunch of tickets to the
Women's Mud Wrestling Show. Having extra tickets Peggy
and I were going to give them away to the vendors.
That's when we ran into Bobb at his booth in the show.
Bobb was in his booth pitching his rug cleaner. I walked up
and explained how we had extra tickets to see the
women's wrestling event and that my sister remembered
him so would he like to go?
He looked at me in a deep thought process and without
saying a word he closed down his booth and instead of taking
the ticket I was offering him he just walked off with me.
It’s true our first date together we spent watching women
wrestle in mud...