Sadly, one of the funniest guys I never really knew has passed away. While I only met him in passing a few times, I can’t for the life of me figure out how I missed out, because so many of my good friends knew him so well.
He was a political insider who understood the players and the process. And he constantly made fun of all of it.
Although almost all the seasoned hands in the Texas Capitol know exactly who was doing the writing, to my knowledge “Billy Clyde” never revealed his true identity on his blogs. So, I won’t either.
At various times in the last few years, he had several different blogs. He’d write at one address for a while, then abandon it and start a new one. I was an avid reader, and it was a rare post of his that I didn’t react to, both with a deep belly laugh and some new insight.
People take themselves much more seriously in the big pink building than they used to, but “Billy Clyde” was never afflicted with that particular disease, to the delight of almost everybody who read his stuff.
There haven’t been any new posts from him in a while. And while now it is certainly unlikely that there ever will be again, I wouldn’t put it past him to have written a post, and scheduled it to auto-post at some future date. I’m going to check back on his various sites from time to time, just to make sure he didn’t pull another one over on us.
My sincere condolences are offered to his family and friends. Meanwhile, treat yourself by reading some of his great stuff. The bulk of it is here. But you can find more of his work here, here, and even here.
Rest in peace, Billy Clyde. Meanwhile, we’re still laughing at the things we still can’t believe you said.
Karen Brooks’ tribute
Eileen Smith’s tribute
Show Lush’s tribute
Aaron Pena’s tribute
Blogger panel video in which Billy Clyde participated