The number of people that I can truly label my heroes; people who've stood out in this prime-time, fast food inflicted, vomitous popularity contest of existence, can be counted on one of my naturally acquired hands.
If I were to choose a digit to symbolise the person with more influence on my life than any other, I'd choose my thumb. And as my thumb dramatically perked towards the ceiling I'd scream the name Bill Hicks because he'd be the only person worthy of being represented by my thumb.
Bill Hicks died twelve years ago today (February 26th by American standards). There's nothing I can write to adequately explain the impact the man had on people yet to dedicate their lives to living in fear. His premature departure robbed the world of a comic genius well before his prime.
Here are some links to help you understand more about who he was and why he was so profound. I suggest searching high and low for his CDs and videos as they're timeless reminders of his outstanding work as a social commentator.
People Who Hate People Party HQ is the official Bill Hicks web site. It's run by close friends and relatives of Bill Hicks.
Bill Hicks Wikipedia outlines the factual side of Bill Hicks's life and times. It's well worth a read.
Happy Birthday, Bill. Hopefully your twelfth year away will be the material that legends are made of. If not, keep the fuckers honest for us.
PS Is there anything you can do about Lleyton Hewitt?
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