Bill and I roomed together a few times at the LA Conference and shared a lot of time at FFFF over the years. He was one of few that had been to all of the FFFF's until his illinesses curtailed his travels.
Bill and Ed Eckel were always in the Precursor suite. Bill could eat almost anyone. I never saw a guy eat as much as him. He would literally order two entres after big appetizer.
His work on Erie's other magician, Harry Kellar, was monumental. He would visit with Nick Trost in Columbus, Ohio, while he went through the old newspaper archives at Ohio State. Thankfully, Mike Caveney put the finishing touches on the book and got it published for Bill.
Last year at FFFF, his sister had driven him up for the day to visit. He still had the same sparkle in his eyes and that crazy chuckle laugh.
He would be lost without his notebooks naming all the books he owned. He loved his library.
Bill, I miss you buddy. I cherish the photo of Ed, you and me we took together a collector's many years ago.
Rest in peace dear friend.
ps. Russ I remembered when Bill introduced us at FFFF when you were working on a code act.