Good-Bye Billy Mays

Posted on 28. Jun, 2009 by in Popular

My husband and I used to make fun of those “As Seen on TV” products, then we realized that we owned quite a few things from those commercials.

Don’t worry, no Snuggies or Amish Heat Surges, but we’ve got the AquaGlobes, the PedEgg (ok that one’s mine), Kaboom and OxiClean, the Forearm Foreceps, and sadly even one called UrineGone (hey, the family pet was having a little issue at the time.)

We began watching the new TV show “Pitchmen” on the Discovery channel as soon as it came out. It gives a behind-the-scenes look at the procedures before those commercials came out on TV. It starred the famous pitchmen Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan. Gotta admit, I’ve always loved Billy but I never really knew who Sully was til the show came out. It’s a great show. We record them all and watch em more than once. My husband even began following (Twittering? I dunno the terms, I’m not up-to-date on that stuff yet, gotta start my own account I guess) Billy Mays and his son on Twitter.

Today we were grocery shopping at Target and while on the laundry detergent aisle we overheard a lady tell someone “The OxiClean guy died.” We looked at each other and said “Nah, maybe she’s talking about the person who invented OxiClean … she can’t be talking about Billy Mays.”

Once we got home and checked the computer, the son’s update on Twitter confirmed the news.



No way.

We just saw him on TV and Twitter.

And he’s gone.

My brother was killed in Iraq nearly 2 years ago and several other relatives have passed away recently.

Now this.

I am not an extremely religious person, but I’ve gotta admit that Heaven must be a better place now that he’s there. I suppose that should comfort us, but it doesn’t.

I want to cry.

Good-bye Billy.

My thoughts are with your family.


One Response to “Good-Bye Billy Mays”

  1. Morgan Coville 8 February 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    This was a horrible tragedy. We lost one of the worlds best salesman. Billy Mays was far more memorable, charismatic, and helpful than Michael Jackson whom the who loves to discuss. We need to remember the man who always was in your face. Who brought out the best in everything he touched. Who we imitated, looked up to, and loved in his life as we shall continue to in his death. A death which leaves the world in comparative silence, in the wake of his strong voice. RIP, Billy Mays

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