There is one more name to add my list of people that I feel embody the spirit of the American Dream. His recent death was overshadowed by the passing of Michael Jackson. It’s TV commercial spokesperson Billy Mays. You know who I’m talking about, “HI, THIS IS BILLY MAYS FOR OXY-CLEAN…”, the bearded guy with the blue shirt that always talked REALLY LOUD.
He had a TV show on the Discovery Channel called “Pitch Men”. On this program different inventors would bring their ideas to Billy and his partner. If they decided it was a product they’d believe in they’d produce the commercial themselves, usually with Billy as the spokesperson. In one episode I watched as they helped a man sell a bi-directional, hand-held circular saw. At the end of the episode they’d sold over one million units.
What embodies the American Spirit better than an inventor, a person that envisions a product or an idea that makes everyone’s life easier and makes themselves rich in the process? Billy Mays helped those people realize those dreams. That’s what made Billy Mays a great facilitator of the American Spirit, the American Dream.
There aren’t enough Americans like him. Billy Mays, you will be missed.