Food Blog Commentor, BillUSA99, Died Sunday

Frequent blog commenter Bill Kennedy, known by “BK” and “BillUSA99,” passed away yesterday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55.

Teresa Gubbins knew Bill and writes a lovely post about the talented, knowledgeable reader who rarely let a dumb post or comment escape his candid opinion. 

I’ve pulled a few of BillUSA99’s comments from SideDish. The energy he devoted to voicing his opinions about Dallas and the Dallas food scene will be missed.

On Dave Faries Leaving Observer:

“It’s so much fun to watch people raise effigies of praise to wanna-be food op-ed writers. Years of Chowhound contributions? PUHleeeeze… all you get from that is crabs.”

On Re-Opening of Green Room:

“Nowhere do the new owners say they are trying to recreate anything of the former Green Room, except for the price point-food value ratio. Nowhere. So anybody that is lamenting that they won’t be able to fill the old shoes, or it won’t be the same without Cassel, or they can hardly wait ’cause it was their FAV place, should take a chill pill and lie down till it opens. Then decide.Until then, it’s just much ado about nothing.”

On Heritage Turkeys:

“We brined a heritage turkey last year. Brining does *not* make up for the decided lack of edible flesh on a heritage turkey. It in no way tastes any “better” than a brined, cage-raised turkey. If you want a heritage turkey, get one 3-5 pounds larger than you normally would if you want leftovers. Which, after all, is the only point in cooking a turkey!If you don’t care for turkey, they won’t help. Eat a cheeseburger instead.”

On the movie Julie & Julia:

“The movie is going to some good business, but it is ultimately a chick or older date flick. It’s a movie. People don’t get fat in movies like this. And fat people only get to play Rene Zelwigger parts after a weight gain. Not this movie. Finally, if the movie was about the life of Julia Child, and NOT interwoven with the present blog/book, then it WOULDN’T be a movie about Julie and Julia and the blog…. DUUUUUHHH?!”


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  • DGirl

    Oh no! My condolences to his loved ones. I loved his witty and insightful comments.

  • Twinwillow

    I’ve had my “spats” with him but, I never took them seriously. My heart felt condolences to his family.
    He was, a worthy blogger.

  • Rawlins Gilliland

    The thing I recall today after reading this sad news has nothing to do with Bill’s …(we met once at Mike Orrens’ home)…brand of food criticism that he approached much as anti-war mongers might ‘discuss’ a Donald Rumsfeld tribute.

    Rather, I remember reading his unabashedly tender love letter for his wife Janine in a Valentine’s Day ‘comment’.
    I don’t trust people who equate being ‘manly’ with being aloof or aloft. Never mind Bill’s relationship to food. When it came to affairs of the heart, I trusted Bill Kennedy. R.I.P.

  • Steven Doyle

    Always kind to me and certainly always opinionated. (Aren’t we all?)

    May you rest peacfully, my friend.