Billy here!!! My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.
I'm not the new guy on 95.1 The Brew's "Wease Show" anymore. In fact in terms of senority I'm second only to Wease.
I'm no longer single, living alone with my cat Geraldine (a tribute to one of my comedy idols, Flip Wilson). Geraldine and I have been joined in my house by my girlfriend Susan (#BestGirlfriendEver) and the cats she brought with her when she moved to Rochester from Akron Ohio, Dora and Precious. One of the great things about Susan is she's as silly as me, and we've made up voices for the cats, and speak to each other in those voices. At least we don't have voices in our heads.
Susan has also helped me rediscover my love for comic books, superheroes, and other nerdy things I enjoy. I've started rebuilding my collection of books, toys, statues, figures, etc... and actually display them in our house.
Before I was asked to come back to The Wease Show I spent ten years working at a sheet metal factory called Barthelmes Manufacturing as a shipping clerk and machine operator. It was a good job, and worked with lots of great people, but I can't tell you how happy I am to be here instead. One day I was getting dirty and sore lifting heavy, sharp steel... the next day I'm getting paid to do something I love.. To quote Yakoff Smirnoff (when was the last time his name was mentioned)... "WHAT A COUNTRY!"
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music (obviously), going to concerts (obviously, again), movies, reading, writing, tv channel surfing to see if I'm missing something more entertaining than what I'm already watching, and am especially good at taking naps... To quote the great Ralph Wiggum "When it comes to sleep I'm a Viking".
I'm also a huge fan of baseball and football. I try to go to 5-10 Rochester Red Wing games a year, and am an insane fan of the NY Mets... during the season while normal people are out enjoying warm weather there is a good chance I'm sitting in front of a television watching my favorite team break my heart. During the fall and winter I spend lots of time on the weekends watching football, and managing my fantasy teams.
Favorite musical acts include.... Elvis (both Presley and Costello), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steven Kellogg and the Sixers, Eddie From Ohio, U2, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many, many more. Motown music from the 60's is the best.
Favorite movies... I once wrote a whole blog about my ten favorite movies. I just looked at it, and it still holds up. Check it out. Scroll about half way down the page to see the list.
Favorite TV shows... Comic Book Men, The Simpsons, The Office, Rescue Me, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks, MASH, and 24 are all among my favorite shows in TV history. Netflix will help me someday catch up with stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and maybe even some shows that aren't on AMC.
You're still reading this? Wow. Even I'm not that interested in me. Thanks for checking out my page, and for listening to The Wease Show.
If you're looking for a good, scary movie that's at least somewhat family-friendly, there's a list online of 21 PG-Rated Movies That Are Actually Terrifying. Check it out . . .
1. "Jaws", 1975. This one would have probably been PG-13, if that rating had existed at the time. But that rating wasn't created until July of 1984.
2. "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", 1971. There are some pretty trippy scenes . . . plus the fact that Wonka doesn't seem to care if any of these kids live or die.
3. "Poltergeist", 1982. Another one that probably would have been PG-13. One guy rips his face off and there's an evil clown doll among other things.
4. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 1984. This one has sacrificial heart-ripping and monkey brain-eating. The PG-13 rating was instituted not long after this one came out.
5. "Ghostbusters", 1984. There's the scary librarian ghost, not to mention Sigourney Weaver's possession.
6. "Mommie Dearest", 1981. Faye Dunaway is easily one of the worst, if not the most terrifying, movie moms of all time.
7. "The Witches", 1990. It's based on a Roald Dahl story, just like "Wonka". That guy's children's books were pretty subversive.
8. "Coraline", 2009. It's about, quote, "a monster who lures children away in order to try and trick them into having buttons sewn on their eyes."
9. "Return to Oz", 1985. There's a headless witch, a scene where Dorothy is strapped down for electroshock treatment and more.
10. "Beetlejuice", 1988. Lots of creepy imagery . . . including Beetlejuice himself.
11. "The Birds", 1963. Children are menaced and people are pecked to death.
12. "Little Monsters", 1989. A monster's face melts off, and another monster rips a child's head off.
13. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian", 2008. There are some gnarly fight scenes, including one in which a guy is crushed by a gate.
14. "Gremlins", 1984. This one has a wicked sense of humor and plenty of violence.
15. "The Wizard of Oz", 1939. The flying monkeys . . . the Wicked Witch . . . the dark forest. There's plenty to scare the crap out of kids.
16. "The Nightmare Before Christmas", 1993. The Oogie Boogie Man and the Doctor are pretty creepy characters. Plus Sally keeps losing limbs and having to sew them back on.
17. "The Neverending Story", 1984. There's a scary wolf . . . and a scene with the hero's horse that will TRAUMATIZE your kids.
18. "Anastasia", 1997. Anastasia's family is massacred. And of course there's also Rasputin and his evil magic.
19. "Labyrinth", 1986. David Bowie steals a baby and there are characters who rip their own bodies apart.
20. "The Dark Crystal", 1982. The evil Skeksis are lizard-like creatures who look like buzzards.
21. "Hocus Pocus", 1993. Witches sucking out the souls of little children.