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Way OT: RIP Billy Mays


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That man could've sold ice to Eskimos.

 

Bizarre week for celebrities (and pseudo-celebrities, in Mr. Mays' case).

 

Given the story about his getting hit on the head during the US Air flight that had a blown tire, I wonder if this will turn into a Natasha Richardson-type death.

 

Noah

 

 

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Mr. Mays sure let you know who he was. Few people can send me diving for the remote control faster. I always wished he'd stop doing that, but this isn't exactly what I had in mind.

 

 

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I did not enjoy his voice nor style, but recently saw him on a late night talk show and he had a sense of humor about it, so I gave him props for that. Condolences to those affected.

 

I've been saying "there goes your 'in threes' theory" but all the replies have been "unless there are two more coming." :rolleyes:

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After MJ passed he was heard saying - "But wait, there's more"

 

RIP Billy.

 

I enjoyed the little bit I saw of Pitchmen. A very intersting perspective on the craft. There's also a funny bit he did with Kimmel a while ago and some great stuff with Neil Cavuto about the SHAMWOW guy.

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Yeah, I've gotta give props to Billy Mays. He cut his teeth in Atlantic City on the boardwalk. I spent a good deal of my formative years on the boardwalk and was amazed at the rhythm and, dare I say, the music of the pitchmen's spiel.

 

Outdoors is a big place to fill and many of these guys didn't have amplification--not at first. Imagine yourself in a booth staring at the Atlantic Ocean and trying to project over the roar of the waves. If you wanted to be heard at all you had to push from the diaphragm and put spirit into it.

 

I've also spent quite a number of years performing at state and county fairs where these guys are still doing their thing. They're wonderful to watch. And if the guy is good, I dare you not to buy. It's an art.

 

My dad was a salesman and a sucker for a good sales pitch. I watched what moved him and learned to respect the guys who made him open his wallet.

 

Godspeed, Billy.

 

K.

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Always liked Billy Mays. Seems like he would've been a fun guy to have a beer with. A sad, untimely passing, for sure.

 

But does anyone else here realize that Dave Bryce is the Billy Mays of music technology? ;)

 

Seriously ... the voice, the cadence, the delivery, and when he's excited about something, Dave could take on the Atlantic any day.

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I don't watch a lot of TV, so his loud voice drove me nuts when I'd hear it.

 

Then I saw him in an interview - a really nice guy who actually believed in what he was doing, but didn't take it too seriously. He said he tested all his products before pitching them, so he could honestly sell them. That's got to be a rarity.

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I've been saying "there goes your 'in threes' theory" but all the replies have been "unless there are two more coming." :rolleyes:

 

Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, that's 3. Ooops Ed makes 4.

 

 

Stan

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Just a few weeks ago, I had seen an interesting interview with Billy Mays explaining how he sells.

 

His style certainly worked considering his popularity with product manufacturers and sales figures.

 

Nonetheless, an unexpected loss is difficult for family and friends. Condolences go out them. RIP. :cool:

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Ah yes grasshopper, but have you forgotten Mr. Carradine? We are due for one more.

 

By all accounts, it looks like Swayze is next in line.

 

I HOPE NOT! That would be a bummer!

 

My vote is for Kim Jong Il

 

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Ah yes grasshopper, but have you forgotten Mr. Carradine? We are due for one more.

 

By all accounts, it looks like Swayze is next in line.

 

I HOPE NOT! That would be a bummer!

 

 

 

Wait a second. Don't we need a relatively short time parameter to test the "Threes" theories? i.e. 3 in the same day; or 3 in the same week? Carradine was almost a month ago.

Stan

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Apparently, the konk on the head he got with that rough landing on a US Air jet had nothing to do with his death. He had heart disease and they suspect he had a heart attack. More to follow on that, not all test results are in yet.

 

 

Mike T.

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My dad was a salesman and a sucker for a good sales pitch.

 

I'm like that too.

 

Can't help it. I'll buy what the guy's selling just out of admiration for the pitch.

 

Luckily, there aren't many good salesmen out there. Or maybe I've just become a lot more critical of what constitutes "good".

 

 

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Multiple quotes.....and then there's always GAS:

 

I'm like that too.

 

Can't help it. I'll buy what the guy's selling just out of admiration for the pitch.

 

Salesmen are usually an easy sale for other salesmen. Maybe because they know how difficult it is to SNOW somebody into buying something that is over-priced, with a staff that has NO product knowledge, or any idea of how the thing actually works.

 

Good luck with that marketing plan. :bor:

 

 

Mike T.

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