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    He was such an iconic figure here and will be truly missed. Bill did several things for me over the years and if you were on the receiving end, you know he did not want you to say a word about it. Out of respect to his memory, I will continue to honor that. R.I.P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook View Post
    My true condolences to the family, if they should read this.
    Bill was always an interesting one, he will be missed by many.

    I purchased not to long ago a Different Seasons HC from/thru him. (not really sure)
    If Jerome is interested in auctioning it, we can use all the funds for DT.org in his memory.



    Great idea. We are going to create a rebound Different Seasons to commemorate Bill's time here. It will be auctioned off with half the proceeds going to The Shriner's Hospital, and half towards our annual fundraiser here. More news to come when I get the art.

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    Hi everyone Jack Mort here. I visited today for the first time in 7 years. This is not the news I was expecting.

    RIP Bill. He was the first friend I made when I joined TDT in 2012. WHAT a great guy. Go Yankees
    Last edited by Jack Mort; 02-04-2023 at 09:31 AM. Reason: tone wrong

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    Ill miss his, LOLs, and misplaced commas,.
    It's funny; seeing his commas and thinking what the fuck? is one of my earliest TDT memories.
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    What a huge loss, not just for our King group, but for everyone that had the opportunity to interact with him. I remember first meeting him at a book signing for Revival in Austin, Texas. There was an instant connection, and we kept in touch for years after that initial meeting. He loved Disney and gifted my son his first Mickey plush doll! Over the past 7-8 years we spent alot of time bickering about the Yankees vs Astros games. Being that I was a big Astros fan, and he a die-hard Yankees fan, it is a miracle that we remained friends. This just goes to show how Bill managed to connect with people on a deeper level. You are missed my friend.
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    Sorry to hear this. RIP Bill. 😞

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    I'll miss you, Bill. You definitely lent some character to the site. LOL
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    This is such sad news. Bill was such a prominent member here and will definitely be missed. Sending much love to his family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cook View Post
    My true condolences to the family, if they should read this.
    Bill was always an interesting one, he will be missed by many.

    I purchased not to long ago a Different Seasons HC from/thru him. (not really sure)
    If Jerome is interested in auctioning it, we can use all the funds for DT.org in his memory.



    Great idea. We are going to create a rebound Different Seasons to commemorate Bill's time here. It will be auctioned off with half the proceeds going to The Shriner's Hospital, and half towards our annual fundraiser here. More news to come when I get the art.
    Excellent idea. It feels really weird visiting this week. Itll be good to pay respects to Bill like this. Perfect way.
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    Im sorry to hear this. Rest in peace, Bill


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    Love him, tolerate him or even despise him, he left his mark.
    Farewell Bill.
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    I'm in complete shock reading this. Bill was such an important and widely seen member of this group. RIP.
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    Condolences to his family and friends. Being new to the site, I never had the chance to interact with Bill(Merlin 1958) but when I was a lurker, I used to read and enjoy his posts. Finding out through this thread that not only was he a Stephen King collector but also a Disney fan makes me sad I never had the chance to interact with him. RIP

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    Oh, this is terrible news. Condolences to his family. He certainly brought a point of view to these forums that will be missed.

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    R.I.P. Bill...he was quite the character. Welcomed me to the site a few years back and always made it interesting.
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    Damn, man. I'm sorry to hear Bill has come to the Clearing in the Path. Long Days and Pleasant Nights, Gunslinger.

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    Very sad news.
    He was always very nice to me. He was always quick to give me some helpful advice when i was new to DT.org and every correspondence we ever had was a pleasure.

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    Rest in peace, Bill.
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    Just saw this, sad news. Condolences to his family. He will be missed here.

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    If Bill were still here, I'd show him this to get him excited and talking ...



    ... and then I'd show him this to piss him off and call me a traitor



    And, since I was thinking about him, I made a donation to the 2023 Fundraiser in his name.
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    This is sad news. He certainly knew how to liven things up around here. RIP Bill.

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    I've received the Different Seasons book. A well known artist has donated the art. The only delay is the artwork is touring the USA courtesy of the USPS.
    The art was sent from the East Coast over 10 days ago. It got as close a Oakland Ca to me (30 miles away), then was sent to Los Angeles Ca (400 miles away). As of an hour ago, the package is back in Oakland.
    Let's hope the art takes no more detours and gets to me in the next couple of days.

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    I only just saw this. I cant believe it. Bill brought so much character and energy to every post. Ill miss the guy.

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    I've just seen this. Very sad news. My condolences to his family and friends. We talk several times through PMs and he had a wonderful gesture when my second daughter was born and sent her a Mickey Mouse doll that she still has and has with her every night.

    May Bill's memories prevail.
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    I am shocked and saddened to find that Bill has passed. It seems like he was just here gracing everyone with a misplaced comma, or a slight rub followed by a quick "jk." My sincere condolences to his family. I will miss Bill. He was one of the main straws that stirred this site! RIP, Bill.

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