The PGA website posted the sad news that Hall of Fame bowler Billy Hardwick died November 16, 2013 of an apparent heart attack. I was able to meet him very briefly this year when I was in Tennessee to see his son Chris Hardwick perform. I feel like I have gotten to know him though the the stories Chis has told on the Nerdist Podcast. He clearly loved his family. He had some amazing achievements in the world of bowling. The world is poorer for loosing such a talented and passionate human being.
Let us take the time to celebrate the life of Billy Hardwick. Here is his appearance on the Nerdist podcast. He was delightful. It is a real gift to the world that Chris Hardwick recorded this intimately personal podcast with his Dad. http://www.nerdist.com/2012/06/nerdist-podcast-billy-hardwick/
This is a recent Nerdist podcast where Chris Hardwick talks about how his Mom and Dad started to talk to each other for the first time since the 1980’s. It’s really bitter sweet given the current news. It is comforting to know that before his death he was able to mend his relationship with Chris’ Mom. http://www.nerdist.com/2013/10/nerdist-podcast-lucky-pen/
Billy Hardwick’s Miller High Life Beer comercial. “My favorite tidbit about this is by far that fact that he was supposed to have lines and then take a swig, but quickly got too hammered after several takes.”
There is not much I can say that will make things easier for Chris. Just send him lots of hugs.
Here is Chris Hardwick with Billy Hardwick in the background. Both look happy!