Jun 28, 2009

Another legendary television pitchman is gone. Infomercial icon Billy Mays was found dead this morning at his Tampa, FL home. You may have already heard the news. Mays' death follows closely on the heels of another, albeit lesser-known television spokesman, Ed McMahon. McMahon died June 23rd at 113 years of age. Mrs. Sneed took the news rather hard, thinking it was the legendary slugger Willie Mays. When told it was Billy Mays, she said, "Oh, that guy. Hey, isn't Willie Mays already dead?" It is not clear what killed Mays, but he was involved in an airline mishap the day before his death. Evidently, during a rough landing on a US Airways flight Saturday, the overhead compartments jostled open and some thing or things struck Mays on the head. Mays told MyFox Tampa Bay, "It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head." Maybe not hard enough, Billy, maybe not hard enough. US Airways spokesperson, Linda Buckholder said that the airline is sorry for this tragedy, but added that Mays left the plane under his own power and she categorically denied that the airline was in anyway responsible for his death. "He left here okay and whatever he may have bumped into after that is on him, not us. How do we know what know what he might have done last evening? He might have fallen out of bed, slipped in the shower or whatever. Besides the other 90 people on that flight are fine." Watch the whole last Mays interview here, courtesy of the Fox affiliate in Tampa. Around Hooterville the news of Mays' death stunned the citizenry. Many people flocked to a hastily arranged memorial service in a local park. People shared their reflections about Mays and his career. Citizen Dave T. said, "This is crazy. First the Shamwow guy gets put into the hospital. Now this. He should have sought medical attention if his head was hit. All sorts of delayed things can happen." Like being dead, Dave. Billy was the Shamwow guy, dude. Ed C. thought Mays' death demonstrated a well-known fact. "Things always happen in threes. Ever notice that? Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson, Farah Fawcett and now Billy. It sucks, but it's true." How can you argue wth that? Jim C. took a more spiritual tact saying, "Heaven will now be a little cleaner." Let's hope so. And then there was Phil P. who offered, "Well, now I'm glad I didn't write that letter telling him how I hated his shouting! High-energy, my foot. All he could do was shout and it was extremely irritating. I won't miss that for a minute." For the record, Billy Mays never said an unkind word about you Phil. Pietro R. weighed in with this, "Some sort of Hollywood Jim Jones KoolAid thing going on." Keep taking the meds, Pietro. Merle Sneed commented, "All in all Billy Mays seemed like a nice man. Such a loss." And it is. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

8 comments:

Barbara said...

I never heard of Billy Mays. Probably because I don't watch TV. Wasn't Ed McMahon 86 at his death?

Merle Sneed said...

Barbara, 86 or 113, one or the other.

mum said...

I mostly remember lowering the sound on the tv when he did one of his commercials for something called Shout or Bam or whatever.

I didn't know this man so I'm mostly struck by the TV reporters (and the report itself). It's like a home movie with good lighting and makeup. The camera shot to Mays picking up his luggage (with a voiceover describing the action) ? Should be an anthology piece.

Reya Mellicker said...

I'll admit I won't miss the shouting, but wow it is kind of shocking. People are dropping like flies. What is going on, Merle?

Karen said...

Tell Mrs. Sneed she's not alone. I thought the deceased was Willie Mays as well..

Kurt said...

I watched Ed McMahon for decades on TV, but I've never heard of Bill Mays.

This post was hilarious, BTW.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I recognized the picture not the name. He even looks loud!

Steve said...

Like Barbara and Kurt, I'd never seen or heard of this guy until he dropped dead. Makes me feel totally out of the loop culture-wise.