|Over the past few years i have
bumped into Ace at various conventions and expos.
Here's the low down on what happened.....
Jersey's CHILLER THEATRE convention has been around
for over 20 years. My friend Kevin created it and
I've gone to every one. When my book came out they
were delivered to me on the Tuesday just before
the convention. It was an odd coincidence that Ace
was one of the guests at Chiller that year. I hadn't
seen or talked with Ace in 13 years at that point.
I wanted to at least say hi to him and give him
a book. It was all worked out with his manager Danny,
and I was cut into his huge line and it was like
13 years hadn't gone by. We got some pictures together
and I presented him with one of my books. He looked
through it and seemed impressed. Although we're
not the buddies we once were, we are still friends
and when I get a chance, I always say hello. I had
last talked with him at the "Spooky Empire"
convention in Florida October 2010, and I gave him
some copies of paperwork that I thought he could
use for his book. My book is really my story with
tons of photos, not a biography on him. His book
is his story and I'm glad I didn't try and do that
because really he should be the one to tell his
one year later that I last saw him and 3 years to
the weekend that I gave him my book, he was once
again a guest at Chiller. There was a crazy snowstorm
that day and my wife Laure and I braved the weather
to go. There were a number of guests I wanted to
get autographs from and we were meeting some friends
there so we really had to go. Later in the afternoon
I ran into a longtime friend Johnny P. and he was
working with the cast of "What's Happening".
(Remember that show?) Johnny asked me, "Hey,
what are you doing right now?" I told him we
were just checking out the guests. He said "Why
don't you come with us, we're going to take them
down to Ace's room for a picture, why don't you
come along?" Well, it sounded like a good idea
to me, rather than just duck my head into his room
to say hi, why not go in with these guys. So we
all walked down to the room that Ace was in. On
the way, I asked the actors Roger and Dwayne, "Hey,
I've known Ace over 20 years and I haven't seen
him in a year, it would really give him a laugh
if I walked in with you two." They both said
OK, they were up for a laugh. So in we go. Ace was
busy with someone, signing some stuff and I
positioned us right in front of his table. Me in
between the two guys, and the actress that played
Dee was standing there too. Ace looks up, does a
double take, and says "Bill, is that you?"
I said, "Hey Ace, what's happening?" He
laughed and then the cast got some photos with him.
I said, "Hey, I wanted to get in this picture
too!" I handed my camera to Ace's friend Mike,
and Johnny P. and I jumped in and got some pics
with everyone. The cast left and I gave Ace a hug
and told him it was good to see him. I said, "Hey
I heard your book is out, and since I gave you one
of mine, it would be nice to have one of yours!"
John, his assistant (who I've also known for years)
reached over and gave him one which he signed to
me. We got some pictures together and while I was
sitting there I told him that I saw the clip of
him falling off the stage at B.B. Kings. Well, I
had fallen off that very same spot. Only I wasn't
playing, I was taking pictures. It's dark there
and not marked. I fell on my ass and Ace told me
that what saved him from being hurt was that the
bottom of the guitar hit the floor first. Lucky
he didn't break anything. I shook his hand and said
"Thanks!" and said goodbye.
A friend of my wife and I was recently killed on
her motorcycle and she was only 47 years old. It
has really made me value life and the friends I
have in it. Ace and I didn't have a falling out
or anything like that, we just got involved in our
own lives. You'll just have to order a book and
read the story! I'm glad that we are still friends
and that he personally gave me one of his books.
I'm honored to know that there is now two great
books on Ace out there, and mine is one of them.
Ace was once again at Chiller this October, and
of course I stopped in and said "Hello"
and got a pic with him, but unfortunately wasn't
accompanied by anyone as cool as last year. Well
maybe next time. Ace proudly told me he's been sober
6 years, and I'm happy for him.
I have this site to keep everyone apprised of sales,
events, and of what I'm up to lately. I'm glad to
have finally put this book together for you, the
fans. I'm proud of it and it's really here! Only
2000 were printed and I offer personally signed
copies, please visit the order page for the choices
available so you can get your copy! This site is
for you, the fans! I amassed so much audio, video,
and memorabilia that I didn't want it to just sit
on a shelf, I want to share it with you. Go ahead
and have fun and check out "my world".