Today is Bill Crider’s Birthday. I miss him.
Me too. We think about Bill all the time and talk about him regularly. The latest was yesterday, when there was an article about Denise Richards and her “performance” on (so called) REAL HOUSEWIVES, coupled with a showing of the James Bond movie THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH. Bill always insisted – hilariously – that Richards was “robbed” of an Oscar for her performance as nuclear physicist Christmas Jones in that movie. I also thought of Bill watching the “performance” of moronic Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (“Texas leads the way!”) at the Mueller hearings.
Jeff, same here. Bill would have had something profound (and funny) to say about the Mueller hearings. And, Bill convinced me that Denise Richards was indeed convincing as a nuclear physicist!
The World is a poorer place without him.
Dan, you are so right. Bill’s blog was my first stop when I fired up my computer each day. And, BOUCHERCON will not be the same without him.
I still read something about wild pigs, crazy Texans, or people calling 9-1-1 because their lawnmower doesn’t work and find myself thinking that I should send the link to Bill.
Deb, Bill and I used to email each other daily with links to bizarre and funny stories. Bill was a wonderful friend and his absence leaves a hole in my Life.
He was a great guy.
Rick, Bill was not only a great guy, he was a very funny and witty guy.
I know, I was at many of those APA parties.
At the moment I find it hard to think of another person who made EVERYONE’S life a little richer.
Jerry, excellent point! Bill Crider improved everyone around him. He was funny, clever, and unique.
That’s one thing I envy you all for:
Seems to me that in the USA SF fandom was and still is a tightly knit community where people not only meet but exchange ideas (used to be APA, now via the net).
We tried this in Germany too – 5o years ago when I was a student, but somehow it didn’t work out for me – only went to a limited number of cons, nothing in the last 20 years …
I’m really happy to have found the group here though Bill was already gone when I came here – I’m sure I would have enjoyed his writings too.
Wolf, you would have liked Bill Crider. And if you had met him, you’d realize why we all miss Bill.
I almost envy the ones who got away before this world went bust. I miss him all the time. Getting old means missing more and more people, I guess.
Patti, the world is a sadder place with Bill and Phil gone. Great guys, fun to be around, and both extremely talented.
Wolf, you can still read his writing, at his blog, in his books and shorter works, and in his other webpages.
https://billcrider.blogspot.com/ for the blog, which can point you to most of the rest of it…
I can also claim Bill as a good friend. Beyond that, he was as stalwart a fellow as you could hope for. He never missed a deadline, mailing, or assignment. He answered all his mail and nearly always commented on my blog, often being the only one who did. I think the few times he missed was due to his health. He tuckerized me many times, and that is my greatest honor in the world of books.
I still find it hard to believe he’s gone.
Bob, you’re right about Mr. Reliable, Bill Crider. Always organized, always on time, always delivering on his promises. But, I’ll never forget your generous gesture in sending Bill a postcard every day during his final days. Very classy.
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