Tuesday, March 27, 2007

We Hardly Knew Ye: Bill the Beerman

Like the John 3:16 guy and Richard Petersen, Bill the Beerman was an amusing fixture on the Seattle sports scene in the '70s and '80s. The booming voice of the bearded, chunky, sweaty vendor regularly bellowed through the Kingdome during Seahawks, Sonics and Mariners games: while running through the stands hawking watery suds -- which likely fueled his antics -- he led the crowd in simple but enthusiastic cheers. His signature creation was, after a hearty "One! Two! Three!", getting one side of the stadium to yell "Go!", and the other side would holler back, "Seahawks!" Not exactly The Wave, though he did adopt the Huskies cheer to get the Kingdome swirling on a regular basis.

Bill died on Sunday at age 58. In his memory, please freeze your teeth and give your tongue a sleigh ride.



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