man who would be Wallace was born in New York City
in 1931. While in high school,Bill was interested
in football and track. He also discovered something
else; he liked getting laughs. He loved to write funny
stuff and draw cartoons and perform in any skit or
play or assembly where he could do a funny part.He
began writing about a “fictional” character
named Wallace Snead (he thought the name was funny).
The stories were really autobiographical.
Bill would eventually end up in DePauw University
in Indiana. He wasn’t sure whether he wanted to focus on cartooning
or writing funny essays or performing. He had no intention
of staying and graduating. As he says, “I wanted
to get rolling.”
Bill and his new wife Donna moved to Phoenix in 1952. His
cousin Ned told him of a new television station opening up,
Channel 5. He got a job on the floor crew and eventually wrangled
his way onto The Golddust Charlie Show playing
Golddust’s nephew, a guy named Wallace Snead.
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