Billy Mays died

Pitchman Billy Mays died in Tampa, Florida today (Sunday 06/09).

“Born William Mays in McKees Rocks, Pa., on July 20, 1958, Mays developed his style demonstrating knives, mops and other “as seen on TV” gadgets on Atlantic City’s boardwalk. For years he worked as a hired gun on the state fair and home show circuits, attracting crowds with his booming voice and genial manner.”
For all of his loud, on-screen, barking, he and his buddy Anthony Sullivan had a unique talent for recognizing viable products, and helped a lot of people develop, market, and sell their ideas.

Which is, after all, what we all dream of, and do, as Industrial Designers.

It’s a bad week to be famous.

You are right Lew, these guys have an eye for unsatisfied desires.

Nothing happens with out making a sale, and they are just as important as we designers.

Nothing happens with out making a sale, and they are just as important as we designers.

Exactement.

I watched his show (Pitchmen) a few times. He (and his business partner) had a knack for picking fundamentally good ideas, and discarding stuff that wasn’t quite right for whatever reason. That’s goes much further in explaining his success than his uh, unique, style of sales pitch. Sad story, from all indications he seemed like a pretty cool guy.

"The autopsy conducted Monday morning revealed Mays suffered from hypertensive heart disease, Dr. Adams went on to say, “Mays’ heart weighed 500 grams, or about 17.6 ounces. A typical male heart weighs about 10-12 ounces.”

http://www.examiner.com/x-4763-Seattle-Healthy-Living-Examiner~y2009m6d29-Hypertensive-heart-disease-cut-Billy-Mays-life-short

“Second High Profile Death in a Week Highlights Need for More Public Awareness About Risk Factors and Treatment”

“Unfortunately and tragically, in many cases the first sign of heart disease is sudden cardiac arrest.”

http://sev.prnewswire.com/health-care-hospitals/20090629/DC3975229062009-1.html